Foster + Partners-designed Dorchester hotel in Dubai set for 2020 completion

Foster + Partners-designed Dorchester hotel in Dubai set for 2020 completion
Published: 28 March 2019 - 12:17 p.m.

Omniyat Group has announced the construction of ultra-luxury hospitality brand Dorchester Collection’s first property in the Middle East is on schedule to be completed by the end of 2020, designed by UK architecture firm Foster + Partners.

The development includes a residential component comprising of 39 apartments expected to be ready for invite only viewing later this year, Arabian Business reported.

Mahdi Amjad, CEO and executive chairman of Omniyat, said: “This partnership with Dorchester Collection has been a monumental milestone for Omniyat. Our curated partnership with world renowned designers and architects will showcase a signature experience that combines great hospitality with exceptional design in Dubai’s most prestigious address on the banks of Dubai Canal.”

The images reveal a set of two glass towers that interconnect at various levels of the building through the use of outdoor terraces. Tall, white columns appear to connect the gaps between the floors where the sky gardens are located.

The project will feature private arrival locations for hotel guests and residents, and will include dining and retail outlets.

In an interview with Gerard Evenden, head of studio at Foster + Partners, he said: "Omniyat were very focused from day one on the value of design."

Evended explained that the CEO of Omniyat encouraged for design to be at the forefront of the project, which has changed over time from its original concept which Foster + Partners also worked on.

"I think he sees and recognises that there is value in good design and you can see that from [Omniyat's] buildings," he added.

The Dubai-based developer also recently annonced that it has secured financing for the fit-out of Zaha Hadid-designed ME by Melia hotel, which is part of The Opus building also designed by the late Iraqi-British architect.

Omniyat is also the developer behind the One Palm development on Palm Jumeirah, designed by Kohn Pederson Fox.

The vast building complex, which can be either viewed as a single skyscraper or a series of six building, will feature 'sky courts' and terraces (which connect the six buildings), positioned strategically to amplify shading and prevent direct sunlight, while directing prevailing winds over its many water features.


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