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April 30th, 2006, 09:45 PM
New international exhibition centre launched in Abu Dhabi
ADNEC, the new Abu Dhabi National Exhibitions Company, announced today that it had already begun construction of a world-class exhibition complex in Abu Dhabi to benefit the UAE and Middle East markets.
Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Centre - Artists impression of the newly refurbished Grandstand & new Icon Tower.
The decision to build a new exhibition centre for the UAE was driven by an in-depth review of the existing and potential exhibition market. The conclusion reached by the Government of Abu Dhabi is that the demand from visitors and exhibitors has expanded dramatically and significant opportunities exist for new international exhibitions and conferences. In particular, Abu Dhabi is emerging as a unique market and the massive developments that are planned will support a range of significant exhibitions.
The exhibition complex will include 57,000 square metres of gross exhibition floor space, a massive 21,000 square metres visitor concourse and 7,500 square metres of multi-purpose halls. The new centre will also feature dedicated conference facilities for 1,200 people, banqueting areas and more than 30 high-specification meeting rooms.
The first phase of the project is already well under way and on schedule for completion by December 2006 to host the internationally recognised IDEX 2007 defence exhibition and conference. Built in the 'U-shape' that has proven so successful in the best venues in the world, the Centre will contain a central landscaped plaza for outdoor events.
The focal feature of the complex will be an iconic soaring tower that will curve above the centre and look out to the sea. Innovative in its design, the tower is a bold architectural statement that reflects ADNEC's plans to become an internationally recognisable venue. The tower will become the brand that promotes the venue and Abu Dhabi to the world.
In announcing the new centre, ADNEC Chairman, His Excellency Sheikh Sultan Bin Tahnoon Al Nahyan said: 'Quality exhibitions will play an important role in creating international awareness of Abu Dhabi, as well as in attracting investment, new industry and business tourism. It is essential that we have a new world-class venue to host these events'.
He added: 'The event and exhibition industry will be welcomed to the new ADNEC complex and will enjoy the highest levels of customer care and support. It is the goal of the management to provide an experience that reflects the standard of the new venue. We have already confirmed the support of many new and existing international exhibition organisers, who will shortly be announcing their plans for new exhibitions. This has been a very carefully planned project and we are already proud of our progress'.
ADNEC Chief Executive Officer (CEO), Mr Simon Horgan said: 'In any sophisticated exhibition market, organisers of events need a choice of venues. The dynamics within this market have matured and changed. The current policies operated by venues within the UAE determine what exhibitions the organisers are able to stage, and these decisions have established the size and shape of existing market.
'For example, in a dramatically expanding market such as the construction sector, exhibitors and visitors may wish to visit either specialist exhibitions or more than one event per year. If a venue only allows one event each year then the sector is constricted. This is standard international practice. However, within the UAE it is a key indicator that a market has matured and reached a point of expansion. Commentators may conclude that the solution is to expand existing venues but this does not address the fact that international organisers need to compete at different venues and expand the overall market'.
He added: 'It is our goal to have a new centre and introduce a new approach to business. There are many innovative ideas that will be developed to set the new ADNEC complex apart - providing our clients with exceptional service and business practices. For example, we will not be competing with our organising customers by staging exhibitions in-house, as this practice discourages investment'.
The location for this centre has been carefully selected: close to the major hotel developments and a short distance from Abu Dhabi Airport. The site is only 35 minutes from Jebel Ali, Dubai. The surrounding road network has been planned to allow for easy access and exit to the centre and multi-storey car parks will provide ample capacity for visitor and exhibitors.
The area surrounding the new centre is scheduled for immediate development and will feature hotels, serviced apartments for 2000 people, 17 office towers, a marina development and a retail zone with over 100 outlets.
As part of the development, the existing Sheikh Zayed Grandstand will be refurbished and linked to the new halls. Within it will be offices, food courts and a range of companies servicing the exhibition industry.
April 30th, 2006, 09:45 PM
:eek: look at that tower!
April 30th, 2006, 09:51 PM
WOW it looks aquatic
April 30th, 2006, 09:57 PM
^^ yeh it does...great looking tower..very futuristic
May 1st, 2006, 01:16 AM
it leans... i don't like that, it is innovative and modern though.
May 1st, 2006, 04:30 AM
May 1st, 2006, 04:32 AM
Abu Dhabi to build Dh8 billion exhibition centre in two years
In a bid to capture a surge in the number of business exhibitions and conferences being held in the UAE, Abu Dhabi yesterday initiated construction of a Dh8 billion exhibition complex.
The first phase of the complex, a project of the newly formed Abu Dhabi National Exhibitions Company, should be complete by December, organisers said.
It will include 57,000 square metres of exhibition floor space, a 21,000sq m visitors’ concourse and 75,000sq m of multipurpose halls.
Given Abu Dhabi’s massive expansion plans, Adnec Chairman Sheikh Sultan bin Tahnoon Al Nahyan, who is also the Chairman of the Abu Dhabi Tourism Authority, said the exhibition centre will cater to a surge in demand, as the emirate prepares to attract three million visitors annually by 2015.
“Quality exhibitions will play an important role in creating international awareness of Abu Dhabi, as well as in attracting investment, new industry and business tourism. It is essential that we have a new world-class venue to host these events,” Sheikh Sultan said. “We want to build a culture of exhibitions and shows to promote the country.” The project is to be completed by 2008, when it will cover 100,000sq m and generate business of Dh20bn within 10 years.
The U-shaped design will include a 35-storey tower facing the sea. The centre will be positioned a short distance from the Abu Dhabi Airport, expanding its appeal, organisers said.
“In any sophisticated exhibi tion market, organisers of events need a choice of venues,” added Adnec Chief Executive Officer Simon Horgan.
The area surrounding the new centre is scheduled for immediate development and will feature four hotels, serviced apartments for 2,000 people, 17 office towers, a marina development and a retail zone with more than 100 outlets.
Sheikh Sultan said the centre’s success would be supported by many investments in Abu Dhabi – including the expansion of Etihad Airways, the Dh20bn airport expansion project, which will accommodate 20 million passengers, and the 40 new hotels that will make 20,000 rooms available by the end of 2011.
He said tourism infrastructure investments amount to Dh30bn, adding that the private sector “would have a big role to play” in the project.
May 1st, 2006, 04:33 AM
it leans... i don't like that, it is innovative and modern though.
May 2nd, 2006, 12:51 PM
Abu Dhabi - Construction of a 35-storey iconic soaring tower along with exhibition and conference centre with 57,000-square metre (sqm) exhibition floor space.
May 1, 2006
May 8th, 2006, 10:44 AM
8bn sounds too much! Anyways I'll post high res pictures as soon as I go back home.
May 11th, 2006, 02:10 PM
Sorry, I was very busy for 3 days. Here are the pictures I wanted to post
May 11th, 2006, 02:24 PM
brilliant.... very creative design, would be really interesting to watch it rise!
May 11th, 2006, 06:31 PM
What a beautiful design.
June 17th, 2006, 07:25 PM
Construction is well under-way. As I reported earlier (in the AD Updates thread), the Review Stand (a.k.a. the 'Grand Stand') is being demolished to make way for it. I'll post a photo soon.
June 19th, 2006, 09:07 AM
Photo of Review Stand being demolished (site notice for Exhibition Centre visible) (http://www.maths.tcd.ie/~alanr/stand.JPG)
August 28th, 2006, 12:50 AM
Phase one of Adnec's new venue to be ready this year
Abu Dhabi: The first phase of the Abu Dhabi National Exhibitions Company's (Adnec) new venue is on schedule for completion this year, officials announced yesterday.
Adnec's board, led by chairman Shaikh Sultan Bin Tahnoon Al Nahyan, visited the new venue.
"The first phase, projected to be completed by December, will add approximately 28,500 gross square metres to Adnec's exhibition area with an approximate outlay of Dh500 million," said Simon Morgan, chief executive.
"The impressive growth of Abu Dhabi's economy and the UAE's commitment to continue diversifying the scope of its economic activities, has significantly boosted the conference and exhibition industry in the capital," he said in a statement.
Adnec's new venue will include 57,000 square metres of gross exhibition floor space, a 21,000 square metre visitor concourse and 7,500 square metres of multi-purpose halls.
"There is a rapidly increasing market demand for exhibitions in the capital, and Adnec is looking to meet demand by constructing a purpose-built exhibition complex supported by upgraded services and infrastructure," said Ahmad Humaid Al Mazrouei, managing director.
September 22nd, 2006, 10:00 PM
Plot sale launched at Capital Centre, Abu Dhabi
Abu Dhabi National Exhibitions Company (ADNEC) has launched the sale of plots on 147,582 square meters of prime land at Capital Centre, the $2.17 billion business and residential micro-city being built around the exhibition Centre in the UAE capital of Abu Dhabi.
H.H. Sheikh Sultan Bin Tahnoon Al Nahyan, Member of the Abu Dhabi Executive Council and Chairman, Abu Dhabi National Exhibitions Company said: “Capital Centre is one of the cornerstones of our strategy to strengthen Abu Dhabi’s profile as a major destination in the Middle East for the MICE industry.”
The strategically-located plots, collectively valued at more than $ 571 million are earmarked for the mixed-use development of hotels, residential and commercial towers, a retail zone and a stunning marina that will enhance the local landscape.
September 26th, 2006, 03:59 PM
Tabreed to cool ADNEC's new development
Tabreed, the Middle East's district cooling pioneer, has signed with Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Company (ADNEC) to provide cooling services 16,716 Tons of Refrigeration (TR) for its new developments.
The project, which includes 14 exhibition halls and one mixed use tower - consisting of a five star hotel, hotel apartments and commercial developments, will be supplied with cooling services in three phases.
'Abu Dhabi is emerging as one of the leading regional destinations for exhibitions and conferences, and the new facilities are being built to attract world class exhibitions and events to the UAE capital,' said Clive Lowe, Venue & Operations Director, ADNEC.
'The venue will incorporate state-of-the-art facilities and we decided to use district cooling for its cooling requirements because of the advantages it offers over conventional methods. Tabreed being an industry leader was the natural choice as a supplier.'
The first phase of the project with a cooling requirement of 8700 TR is expected to be ready by January 2007.
'ADNEC's new venue will be among the world's best exhibition facilities and is a challenging project,' said Tabreed's CEO, Dany Safi. 'It gives us the opportunity to demonstrate the advantages of district cooling to a wider audience.'
October 5th, 2006, 04:45 AM
Hey! I can upload some more recent images if anyone is interested... =]
There's about 30+ more towers....
October 5th, 2006, 05:22 PM
Please do post any info and/or renders that you might have! Thanks a lot!
October 25th, 2006, 02:14 AM
who'se the architect and what materials will be used, thanks.
November 28th, 2006, 12:52 PM
The whole project cost 8billion, not just the tower - it sounds like it is a huge project which will really put Abu Dhabi on the map - AT LAST! A brand new exhibition centre, a mimi city, a marina, and the curving tower. Also, the Grandstand isn't being demolished it's being renovated, below is a quote from an ADNEC press release:
Some of the highlights of Capital Centre will be:
The Grandstand - a tribute to the past, the historic Grandstand that, for many years, was used by His Highness Sheikh Zayed Bin Sultan Al Nahyan, the late President of the UAE, to view parades and other key celebrations is being integrated into the Capital Centre development;
A Micro-city that will house a mix of hotel and residential accommodation as well as office and retail opportunities;
The Galleria – a paradise for shoppers, this will be an enclosed multi-storey air conditioned retail space;
The Marina - providing scenic opportunities, the future home of super-yachts, marine exhibitions and floating hotels will become one of Abu Dhabi’s most vibrant locations;
The Feature Tower – futuristic and gravity defying, the tower will be one of the key visual icons of Capital Centre.
I have a few more images if people are interested in seeing them, here they are
November 29th, 2006, 08:43 AM
I think that the architects are RMJM. From what I have read they're buildings are exceptional.
December 20th, 2006, 01:20 PM
Glazing work nears completion at Abu Dhabi's state-of-the-art Exhibition Centre
Abu Dhabi National Exhibitions Company (ADNEC) has announced that glazing work is nearing completion on Phase 1 of its state-of-the-art exhibition and conference centre currently under construction in the UAE capital.
Abu Dhabi National Exhibitions Company.
Work on the new Exhibition Centre began in December 2005 with the deadline for the first phase of construction being February 2007. The completion of glazing work will mark a major milestone in the progress of the iconic project and signify that construction of phase one of the venue is entering its final stages.
The glazing project involves using 3,400 square metres of specially-designed angled reflective glass to build an enormous concourse, which upon completion of the entire centre, will be one of the largest air-conditioned exhibition concourses in the World at 18,000sqm. The angled reflective glass will help to maximise the use of natural light and keep heat out of the venue, creating a vibrant and comfortable atmosphere for visitors. The use of such a large amount of glass will also ensure that the Exhibition Centre is one of the most visually exciting buildings in Abu Dhabi.
Simon Horgan, Chief Executive Officer, ADNEC said: 'It is our intention to provide a visitor experience that has not been witnessed by the UAE exhibitions industry before. The glazing, as with every single aspect of the building, has been designed with visitors, exhibitors and organisers in mind. Innovation and usability have been of great importance to us throughout the process and I look forward to early next year when visitors can begin to experience this incredible venue for themselves.'
In addition to the 18,000 square metres concourse, on completion the entire Exhibition Centre will offer 55,000 square metres of inter-connecting hall space; 8,000 square metres of high specification multi-purpose hall space for conferences and events; and dedicated conference and banqueting areas for 1200 delegates. As part of the development, the historic Grandstand that was used by His Highness Sheikh Zayed Bin Sultan Al Nahyan, the late President of the UAE, to view parades and other national celebrations is being integrated into the exhibition centre.
Located in the heart of the new Capital Centre district, the Exhibition Centre will serve as a prestigious venue for the Middle East's Meetings, Incentives, Conventions and Exhibitions (MICE) industry, offering comprehensive facilities to visitors, exhibitors and organisers all at a single location.
May 9th, 2007, 03:49 PM
Second phase of construction begins on the Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Centre
Construction work has recently commenced on Phase 2 of the Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Centre (ADNEC) in the UAE's Capital City.
Development work on Phase 2 of the Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Centre.
The AED 580 million (USD 158 million) project will see the venue double in size to become the Middle East's largest purpose-built exhibition centre, with inter-connected exhibition floor space totalling more than 55,000 square metres.
The Exhibition Centre's distinctive U-shape design will be achieved by constructing five additional exhibition halls, a multi-purpose hall with seating for more than 5,000 people, 15 meeting rooms and two multi-storey car parks with space for more than 8,000 vehicles. Also incorporated in the design is an expansion of the Visitor Concourse, which will grow to 18,000 square metres to become the largest air-conditioned exhibition concourse in the world.
More than 5,000 skilled workmen have been employed in a concentrated construction program for the expansion, which has been scheduled for completion in Autumn 2008.
Simon Horgan, CEO, ADNEC said, 'The commencement of Phase 2 of the build is an important milestone in the short history of ADNEC. Phase 1 provided Abu Dhabi with the most modern and flexible exhibition and conference venue in the world, the completion of Phase 2 next year will provide the city with one of the largest.'
Phase 1 of ADNEC was opened in February by His Highness Sheikh Khalifa Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, President of the UAE and Ruler of Abu Dhabi. The venue has already hosted 10 major international exhibitions, welcoming more than 250,000 visitors from more than 100 countries.
The influx of exhibitions new exhibitions being held at ADNEC is encouraging the growth of the exhibition industry in the UAE and is developing Abu Dhabi into a Meetings, Incentives, Conventions and Exhibitions hub of the region. It is predicted that by 2008, ADNEC will welcome more than one million visitors a year and will grow the exhibition industry in the UAE by more than 25 per cent.
'We are not only seeing brand new events such as MECOM and the Interiors Show coming to Abu Dhabi because of the new exhibition facilities, we are seeing the general expansion of well established shows such as IDEX and ADIPEC because they have now been given a platform to grow and develop,' Horgan concluded.
May 10th, 2007, 04:37 AM
I was at Cityscape yesterday at ADNEC and although the hall is the same old hall with a new skin and entrance they have done it very well
May 11th, 2007, 08:06 AM
how big is this compared to dubai's wtc exhibition centre??
June 3rd, 2007, 09:28 PM
The difference between the projects being constructed in abu dhabi from that of dubai is that theirs have a higher aesthetic value. abu dhabi projects may not be the tallest, or largest, or biggest, or whatever record-breaking standards dubai has been doing, but definitely, the capital's creations are mostly 'work of art' and truly majestic. :)
June 3rd, 2007, 10:34 PM
Hey! I can upload some more recent images if anyone is interested... =]
There's about 30+ more towers....
30+ towers in ADNEC? Why? How? Its supposed to be an exhibition center!!
June 4th, 2007, 07:32 AM
There's seems a bit of confusion about this; these are the facts as I understand them.
1. ADNEC is the exhibition centre not the towers; and despite what Flares says it is completely new - the old one is being demolished soon.
2. When the next stage of the exhibition centre opens it will be the biggest in the middle east - bigger than dubai!
2. The Towers - and there are 23 of them apparently, not 30, are part of the entire development which is called Capital Centre.
3. Apparently Capital Centre is also going to have a Marina and the Feature Tower - which is the funky looking one I suppose.
I think what they're trying to do is create a new area which is self contained and built around the exhibition centre. I've lived in AD for a few years and I think that this development is one of the most exciting
June 5th, 2007, 07:17 PM
Thanks for the clarification! ^^
June 14th, 2007, 12:17 PM
There was an update in the Gulf News this morning:
Capital Centre to be completed in 2011
Dubai: Abu Dhabi National Exhibitions Company (Adnec) yesterday announced that construction has started on the Dh8 billion Capital Centre development in Abu Dhabi.
Capital Centre is a business and residential micro-city, which is set to become the world's first fully networked exhibition and lifestyle destination.
In a statement, Adnec said, "The project is the largest development on the main island of Abu Dhabi and is being developed around the new Adnec complex in a move to meet the increasing demand for commercial and residential facilities being generated by the successful exhibition centre."
On completion in early 2011, Capital Centre will house a new micro-city of 23 towers, including six branded hotels, four commercial buildings, eight residential and serviced apartment complexes and 5 mixed use developments.
Also featured in Capital Centre will be a 2.3 kilometre waterfront Marina Zone; a proposed monorail and the 'Galleria' - a shopping mall with restaurants, retail outlets, and cinemas.
The most distinctive feature of the development will be the iconic 35-storey Feature Tower that will include a 200-room five-star-plus hotel and 20,000 square metres of office and retail space. The Feature Tower, which has been widely praised for its architectural ingenuity, will rise from the ground in an iconic, curving form.
The 23 towers that form the Capital Centre micro-city will be located on the land currently occupied by Abu Dhabi's old exhibition venue, which is scheduled for demolition soon.
The last-ever event was staged at the old venue in January 2007 and Adnec employees have recently vacated the building to move to new state-of-the-art offices, located in the historic Grandstand that has been fully refurbished and integrated into the new Adnec.
Three bridges will connect Capital Centre to its Marina Zone, which will be specially equipped to house super-yachts and marine exhibitions.
The Marina Zone will also encompass retail outlets, restaurants and entertainment facilities.
Simon Horgan, chief executive of Adnec, said, "Capital Centre is not just one of Abu Dhabi's most prestigious developments, it is one of the Middle East's most significant economic development projects. The site will become a new landmark of the UAE.
June 15th, 2007, 11:00 PM
does anyone know if capital center is going to be leasehold (i believe abu dhabi doesnt have freehold) ?
June 16th, 2007, 05:26 PM
Work starts on Abu Dhabi Capital Centre
Construction has begun on Abu Dhabi’s AED8 billion ($2.18 billion) Capital Centre development, Abu Dhabi National Exhibitions Company (ADNEC) said on Wednesday.
The project is one of the largest development on the main island of Abu Dhabi and is being built around the new Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Centre, located near the airport, to meet demand for commercial and residential facilities.
On completion in early 2011, Capital Centre will house a ‘micro-city’ of 23 towers, including six branded hotels, four commercial buildings, eight residential and serviced apartment complexes and five mixed-use developments.
Also featured in Capital Centre will be a 2.3 kilometre waterfront ‘Marina Zone’, a proposed monorail and a shopping mall featuring restaurants, retail outlets, and cinemas.
The most distinctive feature of the development will be the 35-storey Feature Tower, which will include a 200 room five-star hotel and 20,000 square metres of office and retail space.
The 23 towers that form the Capital Centre Micro-City will be located on the land currently occupied by Abu Dhabi's old exhibition venue, which is scheduled for demolition.
“Capital Centre will have a huge economic impact on Abu Dhabi. The development will directly support business, trade and investment, in addition to stimulating events which themselves encourage the tourism and hospitality sector,” said Simon Horgan, ADNEC chief executive.
June 17th, 2007, 09:21 AM
The Exhibition Centre is nice. It is indeed a Micro City :carrot:
August 26th, 2007, 12:48 PM
http://business.maktoob.com/BusinessImages/News/20070423124860/Feature.jpgFound this online
To commemorate the latest stage of construction on the Phase 2 development of the Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Centre (ADNEC), the Abu Dhabi National Exhibitions Company has buried a time capsule in the foundations of the building.
The time capsulate, which has been named ‘a moment in time’, contains a series of artefacts that give an insight into daily life in Abu Dhabi in 2007. Included in the time capsule is a book on H.H Sheikh Zayed, the late president of the UAE; two newspapers published on the day of the concrete pour; a pack of information about Abu Dhabi; an ADNEC brochure; an Abu Dhabi baseball cap; a bag of Arabic incense; a child’s drawing of Abu Dhabi in 2007; and a letter from ADNEC to be read by whoever opens the time capsule in the future.
Phase 2 of ADNEC will see the venue double in size to become the Middle East's largest purpose-built exhibition centre with inter-connected exhibition floor space totalling more than 55,000 square metres. The exhibition centre's distinctive U-shape design will be achieved by constructing 5 additional exhibition halls, a multi-purpose hall with seating for more than 5,000 people, 15 meeting rooms and two multi-storey car parks with space for more than 8,000 vehicles. The project is scheduled for completion in autumn 2008.
September 11th, 2007, 08:19 PM
ADNEC-Tower in Abu Dhabi
September 17th, 2007, 06:30 PM
September 18th, 2007, 07:44 AM
What an amazing project... Where did you find the renderings Imre?
Is there an independent website for it, other then the http://www.adnec.ae/exhibitor/about/the_vision.php
Architects : http://www.rmjm.com/index_flash.php (Click on Projects > Mixed USE > )
PDF link listed is dead though :(
September 19th, 2007, 11:57 AM
The project website for CC
October 8th, 2007, 06:30 PM
The Tower is called CAPITAL GATE - good name!
and the 5-star hotel will be HYATT AT CAPITAL CENTRE
From the ADNEC website:
HYATT INTERNATIONAL TO OPERATE 5 STAR HOTEL AT FEATURE TOWER TO BE NAMED 'CAPITAL GATE'
Abu Dhabi National Exhibitions Company (ADNEC) has announced that the Feature Tower to be built next to the Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Centre is to be named 'Capital Gate' and will include an exclusive new 200 room, 5 star hotel to be operated by Hyatt International.
The hotel will open in 2009 and will be the first Hyatt operated hotel in the UAE capital. In recognition of its significance and its stature, Hyatt International has named the hotel 'Hyatt at Capital Centre'. It will be one of the most exclusive business hotels in the world. Hyatt International already operates 3 luxury hotels in Dubai, UAE under the brands Park Hyatt, Grand Hyatt and Hyatt Regency
Commenting on the announcement, His Excellency Sheikh Sultan Bin Tahnoon Al Nahyan, Chairman of Capital Centre and ADNEC said:
"On behalf of the UAE Government I warmly welcome Hyatt International to Abu Dhabi. Capital Gate is a unique building which will become famous around the world and as such it is essential that the hotel is operated by an organisation which matches its status, I’m delighted that this operator is Hyatt International.
The fact that 'Hyatt at Capital Centre', has been developed specifically for this project indicates an understanding by all involved that this is not an average hotel, in an average building in an average city; this is something unique and very special, which will exceed expectations. It will delight those that visit it and will amaze those who view it from afar. We look forward with anticipation watching this magnificent creation rise from the ground".
Gebhard Rainer, Managing Director, Hyatt International (Europe Africa Middle East) LLC added:
"Hyatt International is undergoing a major expansion strategy in the Middle East. We have been monitoring the incredible developments taking place in Abu Dhabi for some time and, for us, Capital Gate is the right building in the right location at the right time. Capital Centre is one of the Middle East’s most significant developments and I am delighted that Hyatt at Capital Centre is able to play its part in driving this unique project forward."
ADNEC recently announced that preparatory construction had begun on Capital Gate. When complete, Capital Gate will be 160 metres and 35 storeys tall and, in addition to the hotel, will provide the most exclusive office space in the UAE capital city.
Capital Gate forms a major part of the Capital Centre development, the AED8 billion business and residential micro city being constructed around the newly opened Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Centre.
Global Hyatt Corporation is one of the world's premier hotel companies. The Corporation offers travellers more than 136,000 rooms in over 735 hotels, located in 44 countries around the world.
October 18th, 2007, 12:55 PM
November 6th, 2007, 06:03 AM
You can watch the Feature Tower at Capital Centre being built on the website www.capitalgate.ae or http://www.capitalgate.ae/capital-gate-webcam.php
There's also a nice promo video at
January 31st, 2008, 02:51 AM
ADNEC hands over first plot of Capital Centre
Significant milestone in Capital Centre development
January 30, 2008
Abu Dhabi National Exhibitions Company (ADNEC) today (Wednesday, January 30, 2008) announced the handover of the first plot of Capital Centre land to Sultan Bin Rashed Group, marking a significant milestone in the project’s year long history. The handover took place on Capital Centre soil at ADNEC plot C.07.
Opening in early 2010, the development will be a striking tower of serviced hotel apartments with 207 rooms, featuring state-of-the-art facilities.
Commenting on the land handover, His Excellency Ahmad Humaid Al Mazrouie, Managing Director of Abu Dhabi National Exhibitions Company:
“Today marks the beginning of an exciting new chapter in the short history of Capital Centre. When this project was launched just over a year ago, we had a vision of attracting world-class developers who would transform this site into a thriving mixed use development, adjacent to the state-of-the-art exhibition facilities. We are honoured to handover this site to H.E. Sultan Saeed Bin Rashed Al Dhaheri and look forward to watching its magnificent building rise from the ground.”
Mr. Saeed Sultan Bin Rashed Al Dhaheri added:
“Capital Centre is one of the most significant economic development projects in the UAE. The success of the Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Centre in attracting visitors to Abu Dhabi has created a new and exciting market which we are very excited to be part of. We are delighted to be the first to receive one of the 24 plots of land. I would like to thank the Chairman, the Board and the Management of ADNEC for this visionary project. With the support from the relevant Abu Dhabi authorities, we look forward to delivering an exciting serviced hotel development by early 2010.”
Mr Sanjay Tanna, Director of Business Development of Abu Dhabi National Exhibitions Company:
“Central to the strategy of the development of Capital Centre has been to attract the very best developers who share our vision of creating the world’s first fully networked exhibition lifestyle destination. From day one, Mr. Saeed Al Dhaheri understood and shared this vision. We at ADNEC are thrilled that we’ve delivered on schedule and received 100% customer satisfaction in the process.”
The remaining 23 plots of Capital Centre land are to be handed over within the month of February, to investors.
PHOTO: Left to Right
Mr. Ashraf Hussin, Projects Manager Sultan Bin Rashed Group
Mr Sanjay Tanna, Director of Business Development of ADNEC
Mr. Saeed Al Dhaheri, Sultan Bin Rashed Group
His Excellency Ahmad Humaid Al Mazrouie, Managing Director of ADNEC
Mubarak Al Ameri, Property Sales Director, of ADNEC
Nicolas Al Nakhl, ADNEC Project Manager
About ADNEC & Capital Centre
The Abu Dhabi National Exhibitions Company PJSC (ADNEC) is a modern, first class MICE (Meetings, Incentives, Conferences and Exhibitions) venue in the Middle East.
ADNEC is developing a brand new 150,000 square metre business and leisure district, named Capital Centre, which is set to catalyse the MICE industry worldwide.
Situated close to the airport, by 2011 the AED 8 billion Centre will house the state-of-the-art Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Centre, the iconic 35-storeyed Capital Gate, and a micro-city consisting of hotel accommodation, residential and commercial buildings, a marina, waterfront leisure zone and grandstand.
January 31st, 2008, 05:06 AM
Abu Dhabi seems to be filling in the "gaps" that Dubai didn't yet fill - this exhibition center is an example - Dubai lacks one of this quality and location.
May 18th, 2008, 12:29 PM
Taken from AMEinfo http://www.ameinfo.com/156848.html
ADNEC reveals proposed Dhs3.5bn Al Ain Convention Centre and District at Cityscape Abu Dhabi
Abu Dhabi National Exhibitions Company (ADNEC) has revealed the concept for a proposed new Dhs3.5bn ($1bn) business and residential micro-city to be built around a state-of-the art convention centre, hotel and cultural centre in Al Ain.
The Al Ain Convention Centre is being designed by an international team of master-planners, architects and engineers to create a thriving and desirable destination which is based on the extremely successful Capital Centre business development model.
The strategically-located clusters are earmarked for the mixed-use development of hotels, residential and commercial low-rise towers, in a fully integrated development around the new convention centre/ hotel and cultural centre.
Simon Horgan, ADNEC CEO said: “This development has been designed for the community and features significant open spaces which are all connected by walkways and usable areas that are free of cars. Considerable thought has been given to creating a natural and sustainable environment that people will enjoy using.”
Ideally located near the municipality area of the city, Al Ain’s first development of this kind focusing on convention development will create a vibrant business and lifestyle destination for residents and visitors alike. At the heart of this project will be a Dhs387m ($105m) state-of-the-art conference centre & hotel that will be owned by ADNEC. The conference centre & hotel will act as the anchor for rest of the development - attracting businesses, event organisers, delegates and tourists from all over the region, thus driving the Al Ain Convention Centre’s tremendous investment potential.
The development of Al Ain is a key objective for the Abu Dhabi Government who wish to see it become a leading cultural and commercial destination in the UAE. It is believed that this exciting development will serve to stimulate economic growth as well as business and cultural tourism.
Now entering its final master planning stage, the development displayed at Cityscape provides a vision of what the completed project may look like.
Work is scheduled to begin on the Al Ain Convention Centre later this year.
October 27th, 2008, 02:32 PM
Capital Gate set to enter Guinness Book of Records as Worlds most inclined tower
As construction of Capital Gate continues in the UAE capital city, Abu Dhabi National Exhibitions Company (ADNEC), which is developing the iconic building, and RMJM, project architects, have submitted a joint application to the Guinness Book of Records to recognise the tower as the “most inclined in the world”.
Capital Gate leans westward an astonishing 18 degrees; by comparison the Leaning Tower of Pisa leans less than 4 degrees. Because of its unique posture, the tower is being constructed on top of an incredibly dense mesh of reinforced steel. The dense mesh sits above an intensive distribution of 490 piles which have been drilled 30 metres underground to accommodate the gravitational, wind and seismic pressures caused by the lean of the building.
November 26th, 2008, 08:49 AM
November 26th, 2008, 01:19 PM
Anyone have any construction updates?
November 27th, 2008, 08:08 AM
Anyone have any construction updates?
It's up a couple of floors - not many though
January 27th, 2009, 05:35 AM
Monday 26 January 2009
ADNEC begins construction on bridge to new Marina Zone
Abu Dhabi National Exhibitions Company (ADNEC) has begun the installation of a new bridge which will connect the exhibition facilities with the new Marina Zone. The installation will be completed in time for IDEX 2009 where it will play an integral part in the exhibition by providing pedestrian access to the Naval displays.
The new bridge, which has been fabricated from 600 tonnes of steel and 132 glazed panels, will be 162 metres long and will span all eight lanes of the Khaleej Al Arabi Coast Road adjacent to the Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Centre. The unique structure was designed by internationally renowned architects, Dissing & Weitling and built by specialist Austrian bridge engineering company, Waagner Biro.
The development of this bridge is part of ADNEC’s ongoing commitment to create the world’s leading destination for exhibitions, conferences and live events. By linking the Marina Zone to the exhibition facilities ADNEC is providing a truly integrated site which will allow for indoor, outdoor and marina exhibitions. In addition, ADNEC is also providing a genuine improvement to the city by making the ADNEC Marina Zone fully accessible to pedestrians.
The Marina Zone has seen 8 months of intensive major development, including the construction of a 350 metre quay wall and the dredging of the local sea channel to a depth of 6 metres. This work will enable visiting ships to dock outside the exhibition centre for the IDEX naval exhibition; previously these had to dock 20km away from ADNEC at Port Mina Zayed.
A contra-flow will be set up on Khaleej Al Arabi Road (30th Street) during the bridge construction and subsequently to enable the creation of the IDEX outside demonstration area. IDEX 2009 takes place at ADNEC from 22 – 26 February. ADNEC has been fully supported by the local authorities and has received extensive cooperation from the Abu Dhabi traffic police, to make the bridge possible.
February 8th, 2009, 12:25 PM
February 9th, 2009, 11:39 PM
My late update, 7 jan. 2009 Sorry :bash:
It is very modern structure of exterier frame ^^
March 15th, 2009, 01:47 PM
March 24th, 2009, 03:14 AM
The first two rings of the 728 Diamonds which will be the facad for the tower are in place, very complicated mix of steel profile and glass...
I'll post some photos in the near future...
April 20th, 2009, 04:56 PM
the cladding just amazing :)
Capital Centre ,Abu Dhabi
April 20th, 2009, 05:40 PM
April 20th, 2009, 07:49 PM
April 20th, 2009, 09:55 PM
I reckon they got it wrong. I mean it was meant to be straight but then they decided what the heck why not.:lol:
Looks good though.
April 21st, 2009, 03:26 PM
April 21st, 2009, 08:05 PM
April 22nd, 2009, 01:47 PM
the cladding just amazing :)
Capital Centre ,Abu Dhabi
Its also featured in property weekly this week.
May 26th, 2009, 01:58 PM
Tuesday 26th May 2009
Capital Gate reaches 100m height
Floors 17 and 18 to house gigantic suspended Atrium
Abu Dhabi National Exhibitions Company (ADNEC) has announced that it has achieved one of the most significant milestones in the construction of the iconic Capital Gate, adjacent to the Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Centre. A gigantic internal Atrium, including swimming pool and ‘tea lounge’ has been suspended on the 17th and 18th floors, the halfway point of the 35 storey, 160 metre high tower. The tower now stands approximately 100m high with the central core at level 22 and the external diagrid at level 18.
When complete Capital Gate will lean an astonishing 18 degrees westward, 14 degrees more than the famous Leaning Tower of Pisa. By installing a huge number of steel struts, engineers have realised ADNEC’s and project architect’s (RMJM) vision of the Atrium - creating a cantilevered “tea lounge” and swimming pool suspended 80 metres above the ground at level 18.
Because of its unique posture, the 35 storey Capital Gate is being constructed on top of a 2m deep concrete raft with an incredibly dense mesh of reinforced steel. The extraordinary steel exoskeleton known as the “diagrid” sits above an extensive distribution of 490 piles that have been drilled 30 metres underground to accommodate the gravitational, wind and seismic pressures. The design of the central core, which slants in opposite direction to the lean of the building, straightening as it grows, has never been attempted before.
Commenting on Capital Gate’s progress, Simon Horgan, ADNEC Group CEO, said: “When complete Capital Gate will be a modern day icon for Abu Dhabi, recognisable throughout the world. Capital Gate is not about being the biggest or the tallest, it is about advanced technical ingenuity and aesthetic splendour. This is one of the most challenging buildings under construction in the world at the moment but due to the partnership between ADNEC, RMJM and all contractors on the project, ground breaking solutions are being designed on a daily basis.”
Tony Archibold, RMJM Project Director, added: “Passing the half-way point in development is a great success and we are now entering a critical period in Capital Gate’s development. While we are facing some of our toughest architectural challenges, it is also the beginning of the most exciting stage; where this unique structure begins to take shape.”
Capital Gate will house Abu Dhabi’s first Hyatt hotel – Hyatt at Capital Centre, a presidential style luxury 5 star hotel which will provide 200 hotel rooms for Abu Dhabi and will serve ADNEC’s visitors and exhibitors as well as international business and leisure travellers.
July 22nd, 2009, 09:06 AM
From The National
Spiralling out of the ground on one of the main roads into the capital, a new tower aims to be the iconic structure of Abu Dhabi. Helena Frith Powell takes a tour of the rapidly rising building
Every major city has a landmark building, instantly recognisable: in Paris, it’s the Eiffel Tower; in London, the Houses of Parliament; New York has the Empire State Building; Dubai, the Burj Dubai. As yet, Abu Dhabi has no iconic structure, but the Capital Gate Tower taking shape by the Adnec Centre is its strongest contender so far. It will be tall, gleaming, irresistibly shaped and leaning at a seemingly dangerous angle – a Leaning Tower of Pisa for the 21st century.
Though Robin Gibson, the project director with RMJM, the tower’s architects and engineers, and his colleague Irfan Ahmed, the senior structural engineer, talk admiringly about their “baby”, the building has not got to where it is today (18 floors with 17 to go) without its challenges. The design is based on its surroundings: the sea, the sand and the way the wind plays upon them. The building rises out of the earth, twisting and turning as it goes, and then inclining at an 18 degree angle. A splash runs up one side of it, imitating the movement of a wave. The incline of 30 metres is 14 degrees greater than Pisa’s tower.
August 9th, 2009, 12:36 AM
I was told from a involved friend that a tunnel in Khaleej Al-Arabi road is being considered, infront of "Capital Gate" tower and grandstand. would give area for a better landscaping for the iconic tower. Sorry I dont have a link, its still in the consideration phase.
August 9th, 2009, 09:55 AM
9 August 2009
ADNEC’s Aloft Hotel will be capital’s second largest Hotel set to bring new concept in hotels to Abu Dhabi
Abu Dhabi National Exhibitions Company (ADNEC) has revealed that upon full completion, the Aloft Hotel, the first of its on-site hotels to open, will provide the UAE capital with 408 additional hotel rooms, making it the second largest hotel in Abu Dhabi, in terms of capacity.
The Aloft Hotel will be operated by Starwood Hotels and Resorts Worldwide and will be linked directly to the Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Centre, next to the Capital Centre district. It will bring a brand new lifestyle concept in hotels to the capital, targeting the niche market of today’s forward thinking business travellers by offering a quality, designer product which is affordable with a focus on accessible technology, comfort and convenience.
Simon Horgan, ADNEC Group CEO said, “For an exhibition development to be successful it must have accommodation on site which suits all aspects of its audience from luxury to value. The high demand and relatively low supply of hotel accommodation in Abu Dhabi is a concern for our international exhibitors and visitors and so I am delighted that the first hotel to open at ADNEC will be the city’s second largest and one of its most competitively priced.”
Stephan Vanden Auweele, Aloft Hotel General Manager added: “Aloft is the world’s fastest growing hotel brand. It has re-invented the industry by ignoring certain aspects of hotels which have become clichéd and old fashioned in the minds of our target audience. For example, free wireless internet is very important to our customers, but room service and silver service tea lobbies are not. We provide what our customers want and don’t concern ourselves with things that they don’t; this approach reduces our costs and allows us to provide the customer with a lower price per room.”
The Aloft Hotel will be located 20 minutes away from downtown Abu Dhabi and 15 minutes from Abu Dhabi International Airport. It will serve the ADNEC visitors and exhibitors but is also anticipated to become a regular destination for young affluent residents of Abu Dhabi searching for new and stylish outlets.
August 14th, 2009, 04:56 PM
ADNEC Capital Centre development - Marine Works
Client: Abu Dhabi National Exhibitions Company (ADNEC)
Actual Value: 25m USD
Contractors: Main Contractor: Overseas AST
Consultants: Main Consultant: Halcrow
From: Q1 2009 Actual
To: Q2 2010 Actual
Scope: The project is part of ADNEC Capital Centre development located in Abu Dhbai city. The package includes construction of a 300-metre-long quay walls, dredging works and marine works.
Schedule:Overseas AST was awarded the main construction contract in January 2009. Construction is due to start in January 2009. Project duration is 18 months.
August 14th, 2009, 04:59 PM
ADNEC Capital Centre development
Client: Abu Dhabi National Exhibitions Company (ADNEC)
Actual Value: 8bn USD
Consultants: Main Consultant: Halcrow (Consulting Engineers & Architects) Ltd
Project Type: Mixed Use
Project Duration: Unknown
Scope: The project calls for construction a new micro-city of 23 towers, including 6 branded hotels, 4 commercial buildings, 8 residential and serviced apartment complexes and 5 mixed use developments. Also featured in Capital Centre will be a 2.3km waterfront Marina Zone; a proposed monorail and the Galleria - a shopping mall with restaurants, retail outlets, and cinemas. The most distinctive feature of the development will be the iconic 35-storey Capital Gate which will include a 200+ room five hotel and 20,000 square metres of office and retail space; Capital Gate will rise from the ground in a gravity defying form; its design has already been widely praised for is architectural ingenuity.
Schedule: The project is in progress. ADNEC will sell the 23 plots of lands to different developers who will design and build their projects and related infrastructure.
August 20th, 2009, 06:38 AM
ADNEC have put some great new photos of Capital Gate on their facebook page. its really starting to look amazing now
September 27th, 2009, 03:26 PM
September 27, 2009
Aloft and Hyatt at Capital Centre to help ADNEC establish the world’s first exhibition lifestyle destination
As construction around the Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Centre (ADNEC) continues at pace on the 408 room Aloft hotel and the iconic Capital Gate, which will house the landmark Hyatt at Capital Centre hotel, ADNEC has revealed how the two hotels together will offer the complete hospitality product for its visitors and exhibitors.
When it is fully open, the Aloft Hotel will have one of the largest hotel capacities in the UAE Capital with 408 rooms, and it will target primarily young business travellers by offering a stylish and contemporary product to its guests. Hyatt at Capital Centre, a 189-room hotel, has been developed specifically for the Capital Centre development and will welcome travellers accustomed to high levels of service, design and innovation. Soaring at 160 metres above the ground, this gravity-defying building leans a staggering 18 degrees and is set to become a world-famous landmark for Abu Dhabi city. The architectural feats that define this project are combined with elegant interior design concepts to create a refined hotel guest experience.
Simon Horgan, ADNEC Group CEO, said: “We are creating the world’s first fully connected exhibition lifestyle destination and it is absolutely critical which hotels are located on-site. In Starwood Hotels and Resorts Worldwide and Hyatt Hotels & Resorts we have chosen two of the industry-leading companies to help drive this vision forward. Although targeting very different markets, both companies are bringing very high quality products and service to Abu Dhabi, which will reinforce ADNEC’s position as the region’s leading exhibition centre and greatly add to the hotel portfolio of the city.”
Aloft will capitalise on growing worldwide recognition as one of the industry’s most compelling lifestyle brands targeting the niche of forward thinking individuals. The new Hyatt at Capital Centre will add authenticity, style and luxury to the region while enabling all guests, whether travelling for business or leisure, to unwind and gather in celebration feeling productive and revitalised.
Stephan Vanden Auweele, Aloft Hotel General Manager said: “The Aloft Hotel will be something new for Abu Dhabi. We don’t classify ourselves as 5, 4 or 3 star hotel because conventional hotel grade systems do not fit the Aloft concept. We have the ultimate product in terms of technology and convenience and we offer a distinctive and unique experience. Aloft is not about a specific age-group, or nationality, or category, rather it is about a certain lifestyle.”
Commenting on the forthcoming arrival of Hyatt at Capital Centre, Thierry Bertin, Hyatt Hotels & Resorts, Vice President of Sales and Marketing, International Operations, said: “Hyatt at Capital Centre is set to become a landmark hotel on the Abu Dhabi skyline and a leading hotel in the region. It will showcase exceptional design and offer memorable experiences to Abu Dhabi’s visitors all while providing our guests sweeping panoramas of the capital through its location within the iconic Capital Gate building.”
The Aloft and the Hyatt at Capital Centre are directly linked to the exhibition centre and will be 20 minutes away from Downtown Abu Dhabi and 15 minutes from the Abu Dhabi International Airport. Although they will serve mainly ADNEC visitors and exhibitors, they are also expected to become a regular destination for the residents of Abu Dhabi.
September 28th, 2009, 07:50 PM
October 14th, 2009, 04:28 AM
new pics..any updates?
October 21st, 2009, 12:11 PM
Capital Gate, Abu Dhabi’s iconic leaning tower, has topped out its central core and reached its final height of 160 metres, marking one of the most significant milestones in its construction. Capital Gate leans an incredible 18 degrees (14 degrees more than the famous leaning tower of Pisa). It is being developed by Abu Dhabi National Exhibitions Company (ADNEC) and has been designed by global architects RMJM. The tower forms the focal point of the Capital Centre development, an AED8 billion business and residential micro city being constructed around the thriving Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Centre.
SOLAR PANELS TO SUPPLY HOT WATER FOR ALOFT HOTEL
Abu Dhabi National Exhibitions Company (ADNEC) has revealed that more than 90% of the hot water at its 408 bedroom Aloft Hotel will be supplied through energy harnessed from solar panels.
Aloft Hotel will become the first hotel in Abu Dhabi to make such use of solar energy when it is launched on October 25th.
560 solar panels, covering a total area of 2,300 square metres have been installed on the roof of ADNEC Car Park A. These panels heat water for the hotel's 408 bedrooms, 2 production kitchens, food & beverage outlets, hotel offices and the swimming pool saving an estimated 870 mega watt hours of electricity every year by making use of the infra-red component of sun light to generate energy. The solar panels were manufactured in Germany by WOLF GmbH, a renowned leader in the solar power sector.
November 4th, 2009, 12:48 AM
[FIRST LOOK] Abu Dhabi’s own leaning tower, Capital Gate, has topped out its central core at its final height of 160 metres
Leaning at 18 degrees, 14 degrees more than the leaning tower of Pisa, Capital Gate will house Abu Dhabi’s first Hyatt hotel with 189 rooms, office space and a cantilevered teahouse.
The tower is being constructed on a concrete raft and comprises a complex steel diagrid, which in turn sits on a distribution of 490 piles drilled 30m underground.
Capital Gate is the focal tower of the Capital City development a £1.3 billion business and residential ‘micro city’.
December 19th, 2009, 06:37 PM
Any update... !?
May 12th, 2010, 07:25 PM
This tower is finished ???
May 24th, 2010, 12:37 AM
Any new pictures?
May 24th, 2010, 10:13 PM
Some udpates here:
August 30th, 2010, 09:29 PM
theres 2 threads for this ^^
December 31st, 2010, 03:04 AM
December 7, 2010
December 7, 2010
December 21st, 2011, 01:42 AM
Abu Dhabi’s Hyatt Capital Gate Hotel, located in the world’s furthest leaning manmade tower, will open this month
The project was delayed after the fit out and construction proved a bigger and more costly challenge than expected
The Capital Gate Tower leans 18 degrees westward, more than five times the angle of Italy’s Leaning Tower of Pisa
It was scheduled to open two years ago
The hotel will open to the public on December 21 and an official opening celebration will take place early next year
The Hyatt-branded five-star hotel consists of floors 18 to 33 of the mixed use tower and will include 189 rooms,
including 22 suites
The hotel will also include a spa on the 19th floor and a restaurant called 18 Degrees, which will be on the 18th floor
The opening rates will start at AED1050 ($219)
The hotel is Hyatt’s first in Abu Dhabi and will occupy an area in excess of 25,000 square metres
January 31st, 2012, 02:33 AM
June 13th, 2012, 01:18 AM
By Andy Sambidge | Tuesday, 12 June 2012 9:05 PM
Capital Gate, Abu Dhabi's leaning glass tower development, is more than 60 percent leased and will have Etihad Rail as an anchor tenant, it was announced on Tuesday.
August 25th, 2012, 04:22 PM
i guess this thread should be moved to Completed Section... Thank You!
August 26th, 2012, 03:18 PM
Capital Gate tower has been completed but Captial Centre is far from finished. Out of 23 towers 7 have been completed. Some may never be completed as the completed foundations have been filled in with sand.
April 4th, 2013, 05:57 AM
i guess this thread should be moved to Completed Section... Thank You!