Dubai’s latest super-tall rises dramatically

Uptown Tower will join an elite group of the world’s highest mixed-use structures

Followers of super-tall architecture are no doubt watching the rapid growth of Uptown Tower, destined to be the ‘jewel in the crown’ of the DMCC free zone and set to feature among the UAE’s most striking landmarks. When completed, it will join a select cluster of super-tall structures exceeding the 300-metre mark – and currently stands at 160 metres, with 32 floors completed.

Uptown Tower will feature 188 luxury hotel rooms and suites, exclusive restaurants, extensive conference facilities, Grade A offices, and 229 uniquely designed branded residences. Guided by a smart and sustainable construction strategy, the super-tall will be a LEED Gold Certified Building, and home to a state-of-the-art DMCC Business Hub. The hotel and branded residences fit-out packages have recently been awarded to Interiors International Industries LLC.

Given rapid progress on the structure throughout 2020, the office zone portion of the tower is now nearing completion, and the next stage of construction work will progress to the hotel zone. Façade work has commenced through to level 14, and fit out works as well as mechanical, electrical, and plumbing works are ongoing across 29 floors.

Ahmed Bin Sulayem, Executive Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, DMCC, said: “As Uptown Tower moves towards completion, DMCC steps closer to bolstering the world-class business hub that we have created here in Dubai. Having had over 1750 companies join DMCC throughout 2020, the Uptown Dubai district will continue this growth trajectory by attracting additional businesses, residents, and visitors to Dubai through greater commercial appeal and a range of leading residential and leisure offerings.”

Paul Ashton, Executive Director – Property, DMCC, comments that: “The Uptown Tower team have made incredible progress throughout what has been a challenging year for the entire world. This is made even more impressive given that this progress has been achieved with over six million man-hours without lost time due to injury. Catering to the ever-growing demand for premium office space in the DMCC Free Zone, the 340m tall centrepiece of the Uptown Dubai district provides a compelling proposition for businesses looking to grow their operations and for individuals wanting to take advantage of the range of amenities on offer”.

Uptown Tower is a key feature in the Uptown Dubai district – a glittering multi-use development with world-class dining, unique high-end retail outlets, a central entertainment plaza and as cluster of highly prestigious hotel brands. DMCC itself – the Dubai government’s flagship for commodities trading – has won the prestigious award for World’s Leading Freezone six times in succession from Financial Times FDi magazine, and its Almas Tower skyscraper features a much-viewed scale model of the completed Uptown community and Tower.


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