Abu Dhabi Yacht Club races for the title of “leading yacht club”

Project is to be handed over by the end of September 2006 to the National Investment Corporation

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By  Eudore Chand Published  November 13, 2004

The National Investment Corporation has awarded Dewan Architects the design and supervision works of the Abu Dhabi Yacht Club. The offer presented by Dewan Architects & Engineers was rated the best in an architectural competition in which other well-known design firms competed. The design had to meet the claim being made for the building. It is billed as the region’s leading yacht club, and consequently was to be designed as a landmark featuring an exclusive architectural design at a distinct location heading the breakwater area. Built atop a high platform, the structure will have a spectacular view of the city on one side and the waterfront on the other, creating a mixture of panoramic sea views within the comfort of creative interior designs. “The architectural concept for the project has been derived from the ‘sailing knot’ and the building will shape up in a flexible way to include different innovative spaces and elements intermediated by a cone-shaped aquarium representing a binding link in the ‘knot’,” said Muhanad Al Assam, regional director of Dewan Architects in Abu Dhabi. “The three-storey aquarium, which will include various exotic marine species belonging to the Arabian Gulf, will be one of the grandest aquariums in this part of the world,” he added. Al Assam said that, “With regards to the design, we have taken into account the club’s surroundings and are focusing on the heritage of Abu Dhabi, where sailing and yachting have always been popular.” He added that, apart from the Abu Dhabi Yacht Club, Dewan Architects is also contributing towards creating other architectural landmarks in Abu Dhabi. “We are currently working towards completing the final design works of the ‘Arabian Palace’ themed Fairmont Hotel & Resort, which will also be on the Abu Dhabi breakwater.” As yachters are passionate about the spaciousness of the seas, the yacht club is also internally designed to include spacious areas through the use of space frames and structural trusses, which significantly decrease the number of internal structural columns required. The project is to be handed over by the end of September 2006, coinciding with the hand-over of the luxury residential villas project undertaken by the National Investment Corporation in the same area.

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