Dutch Foundation to drive in the piles for Saba Tower

Saba Tower is the only one in the UAE in which any company can own freehold office space

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By  Eudore Chand Published  April 10, 2004

Dubai-based Saba Group has selected Dutch Foundation Company to do the piling and foundation works at the Dhs170 million Saba Tower. The Abu Dhabi-based pile foundation major has already started work on the 36-storey tower coming up Nakheel’s Jumeirah Lake Towers development. A top Saba Group official said mobilisation at the work area has already begun preparing the site for the construction of one of the UAE’s first freehold office towers. “We have chosen Dutch Foundation Company because of the company’s unmatched quality track record in piling and foundation work in the UAE as well as across the GCC. We wanted best-of-the-breed partnerships to lead the Saba Tower development to ensure that the project will tower above other similar developments,” said Behrouz Javaheri, chairman of Saba Group. UK-based architectural and design firm, RMJM is the primary consultants for project that offers office space to businesses at a competitive rate of approximately Dhs50 per m2. The project offers office space ranging from some 113 m2 to an entire floor of more than 900 m2. Javaheri said Dutch Foundation was chosen after a round of strict evaluation and assessment in which many pile foundation majors short listed earlier were scrutinised for their quality, experience and capability in executing large projects like the Saba Tower development. “We are convinced that Dutch Foundation is the ideal partner for our very first project in Dubai which, in its spirit as well as execution, is a trendsetter – allowing businesses to own their own office space, a completely new development in the regional real estate and construction sector,” he said. Saba Tower, announced in July 2003, is the first project of the Saba Group that will come up on an area of 33 000 m2 in the heart of the new growth corridor of Dubai along the Sheikh Zayed Road. Saba Group had recently announced its intention to invest a total of Dhs1.2 billion in Dubai’s freehold property sector in the next two years. Apart from the office tower, Saba Group has also announced launching a twin-tower freehold 36-storey residential complex – Saba Tower 2 &3 - at Jumeirah Lake Towers. “Our investments in Nakheel’s Jumeirah Lake Towers, the contemporary community encompassing residential, retail and office outlets so far is to the tune of Dhs570 million, and the response from investors to our projects has been tremendous,” Javaheri said. Salim Khoury, general manager of Dutch Foundation said it was an honour to be part of the pioneering Saba Tower development. Over the last 15 years, Dutch Foundation has built a good reputation executing 800 projects in the UAE alone like Interchange IP-69 in Abu Dhabi and giant LNG tanks in Ras Laffan among others. The company came into being in 1989 and now has branches in Dubai, Qatar, Sharjah and Oman.

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