• Capabilities: Master Planning and Sustainable Urban Development, Civil Engineering, Structural Engineering
  • Sectors: Commercial Developers, Public Sector

Emirates Towers

Dubai, United Arab Emirates – Financial District - When His Highness Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum commissioned a design competition for the Emirates Towers project in 1996, the wheels were firmly set in motion for one of the most iconic buildings in the world, which would ultimately be delivered by Arcadis.

350

meters high office tower

305

meters adjacent high hotel tower

Emirates Towers were the first high-rise towers in the Emirate and to this day, remains one of the most iconic towers in the city because of its unique design and high-status service. The project was also of high importance to His Highness Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum as it represented two towers of prominence to Dubai.

In collaboration with His Highness and Architect Hazel Wong of Noor Consultant, Arcadis designed the first super high-rise towers and carried out various studies for the buildings’ development. 

The main challenge was to meet the aspirations of His Highness in the design and delivery of this project. Other challenges required a geotechnical team to identify ground conditions through detailed investigation and testing. 

“Designing and constructing a tall building is never straight forward. At the time, Emirates Towers was the tallest building in Europe and the Middle East and the 10th tallest in the world.”

Arcadis’ engineers worked in collaboration with the Boundary Layer Wind Tunnel Laboratory in Canada to establish appropriate design parameters to ensure stability of the tall building.

The entire project comprised Emirates Office Tower, a 54 floor office building, connected to 56 floor Jumeirah Emirates Towers Hotel, a luxury accommodation with 400 rooms and 40 luxury suites. To this day, it is still one of the most popular and iconic buildings in Dubai.

Outcomes

350

meters high office tower

305

meters adjacent high hotel tower

68,500

meters2 gross floor area

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