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Old April 6th, 2006, 10:28 AM   #61
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Old April 6th, 2006, 11:57 AM   #62
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Just amazing! Good one for Abu Dhabi in the race against Dubai!
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Old April 6th, 2006, 12:58 PM   #63
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wondering who is the architect? its a very brilliant design.....using just simple voids to aciheve such great effects just the right building for the right land size

but i just wonder if the design will age gracefully into time
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Old April 6th, 2006, 04:34 PM   #64
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Just amazing! Good one for Abu Dhabi in the race against Dubai!
With 35 billion dollars to be pumped into development for Abu Dhabi in the next 10 years, you can count on some serious competition
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Old April 6th, 2006, 05:15 PM   #65
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Yes... unfortunatley most expats living in the UAE dont know themselves that Abu Dhabi is the capital.. but all that will change very soon... over 30 billion USD of investment in Abu Dhabi real estate is expected over the next 10 years.... so this is just the beginning
OMG!!!! 30 billion USD in the next 10 years.
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Old April 6th, 2006, 05:16 PM   #66
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They are trying to promote other industries and reduce the dependency on oil gradually.. and these buildings will be built in phases and not at once.
I think it's good to do so. Risk diversification, I would say.
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Old April 6th, 2006, 06:59 PM   #67
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But what are the smaller buildings called and exactly how tall will they be?
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Old April 7th, 2006, 02:49 PM   #68
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Old April 7th, 2006, 02:55 PM   #69
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Old April 7th, 2006, 03:59 PM   #70
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absolutely futuristic.
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Old April 7th, 2006, 08:16 PM   #71
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fantastic... can't wait for the construction to start for this one! should be massive!
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Old April 7th, 2006, 10:15 PM   #72
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With 35 billion dollars to be pumped into development for Abu Dhabi in the next 10 years, you can count on some serious competition

Oh sorry krazy, i don't want to disappoint you, but Dubai's real estate investment has already reached beyond 50Billion $ at the moment...
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Old April 7th, 2006, 11:57 PM   #73
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That's coz Dubai is in a hurry and building shit quality homes... Abu Dhabi is gonna have fewer but better projects of top quality ... so that when it rains... the villas arent ruined with water coming inside every room
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Old April 10th, 2006, 05:26 AM   #74
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Some more info

Sorouh will develop this project in cooperation with the best international development companies. Construction is expected to commence on the Sky Tower later this month, and will comprise the first phase of the eight tower development that is expected to be completed by 2009.

Sky Tower will be divided into residential apartments on the top floors and commercial space on the lower floors. In terms of the residential portion of the tower, one and two bedroom apartments will gradually give way to three and four bedroom layouts on the succeeding floors while the top floor will be allocated to penthouses. Sky Tower will have two different entrances for residential and commercial areas on opposite sides of the building. The tower will offer parking space for more than 2,600 cars in addition to 170,000 square foot area reserved for retail outlets that are expected to house international brands.
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Old April 11th, 2006, 03:55 AM   #75
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Sorouh opens the Gate on super tall Sky Tower deal

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The 83-storey Sky Tower will form part of the Gate in Abu Dhabi. It is the latest in a raft of deals.

Construction is set to start on an 83-storey mega tower, which will form part of Sorouh Real Estate’s US $2.7 billion (AED10 billion) Gate project in Abu Dhabi.

It is the latest in a clutch of tower-based mega projects to be unveiled in the emirate in recent weeks.

Plans for the 379m Sky Tower — which is set to rank among the world’s top 15 tallest towers — were drawn up by US firm, Arquitectonica.

A total of eight towers will be built in the Gate development, part of the Al Reem Islands Shams Abu Dhabi project. The piling contract has already been put to tender.

“We are looking at different ways to attract local and foreign contractors, and we think we’ll be successful,” said Mounir Haider, CEO of Sorouh Real Estate.

“The distinctive elliptical shape of Sky Tower has been designed to reduce wind resistance and soften its dominance over the development. Construction will begin early this month, and comprise the first phase of this eight tower development.”

Sky Tower will be divided into residential apartments on the top floors and commercial space on the lower floors.

The $7 billion Shams Abu Dhabi development will include a series of themed communities linked by waterways and an urban transport system. The entire project has been earmarked for completion in 2011.

“Shams Abu Dhabi is the cornerstone of Sorouh’s property development activities and the Gate will set the standard for all developments to follow,” said Saeed Eid Al Ghafli, chairman of Sorouh.

“It will include a core of residential buildings, supported by commercial, institutional, recreational and healthcare facilities as well as the hotel sector.”

Shams Abu Dhabi is the property developer’s second major project since its launch in August last year.

Designs for its proposed Lulu Island development, which will host a range of residential, commercial, health and recreational facilities, were approved in March.

And the announcement follows the launch last week of Najmat Abu Dhabi, an $8 billion residential and commercial development, by Al Reem Investments. The project will also be developed on the Al Reem Islands plot.
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Old July 16th, 2006, 04:03 AM   #76
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It is now under construction

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ABU DHABI — Sorouh Real Estate has announced the commencement of piling work for the construction of its prestigious Sky Tower, to be located at The Gate district in Shams Abu Dhabi.

Shams Abu Dhabi is Sorouh's flagship project located on Reem Island.

When completed, the Sky Tower will be the tallest residential and commercial building in Abu Dhabi and

the 15th tallest worldwide. Al Habtoor-STFA Soil Group L.L.A has been awarded the Dh28 million contract for executing the piling and foundation works. The piling at the Sky Tower is expected to be completed in about 18 weeks' time.

Mounir Haidar, CEO of Sorouh Real Estate, said: "The commencement of the piling work marks an important step in the development of the project. Selecting renowned contractors to undertake this task confirms Sorouh's commitment to adopt the best available global standards in the implementation of all our projects.

Haidar added: "The Sky Tower is one of Sorouh Real Estate's most important projects. The 83-storey building will reach 379 meters in height and comprise Grade 'A' commercial space on the first 39 floors and residential apartments above.

"The distinctive elliptical shape of the tower has been designed to reduce wind resistance as well as enhance its visual appeal.

A five-storey podium will contain ample parking and essential retail.

The podium deck includes a sports club with exclusive health, fitness and leisure facilities, he added.

Sorouh has signed agreements and MoU with a number of pioneer mortgage companies and financial institutions such as the Abu Dhabi Commercial Bank, the National Bank of Abu Dhabi, Tamweel and Amlak through which UAE nationals as well as expatriates can purchase leasehold units in the project.

The agreements provide for 90 per cent of the financing to be provided over a 25-year loan period.
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Old July 16th, 2006, 11:27 PM   #77
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fantastic tower, it's one of my favourite towers
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Old July 19th, 2006, 12:30 AM   #78
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Old July 19th, 2006, 03:44 AM   #79
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would have never though in my life Abu Dhabi would get anything of this caliber. Great news!! Maybe sharjah will be next for a supertall.
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Old July 19th, 2006, 05:27 AM   #80
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That's an insult to the capital city of the UAE For your info, Abu Dhabi is one of the most advanced and modern cities in the Middle East - far far ahead of Sharjah.
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