Dubai no doubt is attracting more investment opportunities in all sectors. The all round development is keeping even small players in good business. The pace at which the infrastructure is growing has construction companies on their toes. At HEE we relate our growth parallel to Dubai. The latest development is the project going on in the Palms, the Emirates Palace Residential and Hotel Project, which is being managed by Kempinski, Europe’s oldest luxury hotel group. The Palm is the world’s largest man-made island and its form celebrates the date palm, of vital importance to the region since centuries. Already visible from outer space, the island is a landmark for the Emirate of Dubai and will become one of the regions most sought after destination.

Owned by Sunrise Properties Ltd and Sunny Beach Properties Ltd, and managed by WS Atkins and Partners Overseas, the seven-storey classically styled building will feature an imposing Palladian dome and will be surrounded by luxuriant landscaped gardens. The 200 exclusive residences range in size from 165 to 1300m2, including spacious terraces or balconies. First class facilities include access to the 500m long private beach, a state-of-the-art fitness centre and spa, open to residents and guests, a business centre, several restaurants and an international shopping arcade. The hotel is set in the same grounds as the residences and will also enjoy these facilities. The hotel will be one of the most luxurious on The Palm when it opens in 2009. Its unique design ensures that all 250 rooms face the sea for unparalleled views.

The Project Director, Wissam Charif Atoui. A man with a lot of expertise, Wissam himself is very enthusiastic about the project. As he said, ”the project consists of a combination of apartment buildings, villas and a hotel. With a contract value of AED 857 million, and a total built-up area of just under 200,000 sqm, the project is mainly horizontal and has a huge footprint. The construction activities will take place in two phases. The first phase will include the apartments and the villas and the second would include the hotel. Technically the buildings consist of the basement, ground floor, six floors, a lower roof and an upper roof and finally the domes, for a total area of just under 100,000 sqm. The twenty villas will cover a total area of approximately 23,000 sqm. The hotel specifications include the basement, a lobby, the ground floor, five floors, the roof and the domes, and will cover a total area of approximately 73,000 sqm. Definitely a challenging task, but HEE known for its expertise in similar large scale requirements, is confident it will meet the scheduled time-frame of twenty-one months. Construction of the hotel should commence within the next 6 months”.

Some of the other interesting aspects of the project were the design elements. It has a renaissance architectural style that seems to transcend you to an era of mystic beauty and a passion for aesthetics. Among the external and finishing works HEE will also be taking care of the landscaping and related facilities. The projectis located at the Crescent of the Palm Jumeirah on Plot C11 and C12.

When asked about the team deployed for this project, Wissam stated that he was proud of his team-members who were all well skilled and highly talented engineers with varied adeptness. “The people behind any activity are the real heroes behind its success. Their skills, knowledge and efficiency work in direct ratio to their achievements. I am very happy with my team size at the moment. However, when construction activities reach its peak, we expect to reach upto 3,000 workers and staff. By then the momentum will soar high and output would also multiply. I am also pleased with our Client and Consultants who are not only professionals but very pleasant to work with. The more challenging the assignment the more it triggers your mind. I like to focus more on solutions, rather than dwell on issues”.

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