FIVE Holdings and Atkins celebrate big wins at The Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat Awards

FIVE Jumeirah Village Dubai’s unique design lauded at prestigious design and engineering awards ceremony

Dubai-based real estate group FIVE Holdings and Atkins are celebrating big wins at The Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat (CTBUH) Awards 2021 for their work on FIVE Jumeirah Village Dubai, United Arab Emirates.

The hospitality and residential project was received the Best Tall Building Middle East & Africa following an audience vote. A second award followed as CTBUH’s Best Tall Building 200-299 meters Award of Excellence.

The CTBUH Awards honours projects and individuals that have made extraordinary contributions to the advancement of tall buildings and the urban environment, and that achieve sustainability at the highest and broadest level.

The project was presented at the virtual awards ceremony by Nabil Akiki, CEO of FIVE Development, a subsidiary of FIVE Holdings, and Farida Farag, senior design manager, Middle East, Atkins,

Nabil Akiki, CEO of FIVE Development, commented: “FIVE Development is extremely proud to have added a vanguard landmark to the Dubai landscape in inimitable FIVE style. FIVE Jumeirah Village by FIVE Hotels and Resorts is not just a ‘Tall Building’ – it sublimely combines the very best of nature-inspired landscaping that leans directly into and throughout the structure, with the thrill of viewing 360 degree sweeping Dubai vistas that can only be enjoyed from the vantage point of a high-rise structure. This unique amalgamation of the best of both worlds – low rise, nature loving edifices and the aerial benefits of sky-high creations, is what powered FIVE’s vision for FIVE Jumeirah Village from the very beginning of its conception.”

“These awards are especially close to FIVE’s heart, as they are the very first to be received upon the completion of the mammoth and pioneering FIVE Jumeirah Village project – a breakthrough globally-patented concept design for hospitality,” added Akiki.

FIVE Jumeirah Village uniquely supports environmental sustainability by creating and utilizing 7X of the lush green spaces that would have been replaced by its construction – thus creating a unique natural haven for visitors to enjoy the vibe at FIVE. During the Covid-19 crisis, FIVE Jumeirah Village provided the ideally safe and sequestered space for guests to enjoy the organic soil and greenery surrounding the built-in waterbodies, such as the private pools and Jacuzzis.

“For over 50 years, Atkins has established a track record of delivering a multitude of iconic landmarks in the UAE. We are extremely proud to have supported Five Holdings with our world-class multi-disciplinary design expertise to bring this prestigious project to life by combining industry innovation with the highest quality and sustainability standards. Congratulations to everyone involved in this great achievement,” commented Johan Hesselsøe, Managing Director, UAE, Atkins, a member of the SNC-Lavalin Group.

FIVE Jumeirah Village Dubai features a unique rotating design as conceptualised by Nabil Akiki. The structure’s architecture to maximises natural daylight and creates “welcoming spaces that conserve energy and incorporate both indoor and outdoor spaces”.

Atkins was appointed by FIVE Holdings in 2014 to provide multi-disciplinary design services for the project, including concept and schematic design, environmental impact assessment, design development, and construction documentation.

“Challenging the constraints of vertical living resulting from conventional architectural design, we worked together with FIVE Holdings to explore innovative methods and push the boundaries to achieve delivery excellence. The successful end result is a people-centric high-rise tower which embraces indoor and outdoor space in a pioneering design that is a tribute to the city of firsts,” added Farida Farag, senior design manager, Middle East, Atkins, a member of the SNC-Lavalin Group.


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