Al Sharq swim ahead with SZR tower plans

70 storey tower on Sheikh Zayed Road just part of developers latest project launches

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By  Sean Cronin Published  September 24, 2005

Al Sharq Developments has unveiled plans for a US $150 million (AED551 million) 70-storey tower to be built on Dubai’s Sheikh Zayed Road. It follows last week’s launch of the $1.9 billion Aqua Dunya theme park in Dubailand. The tower is being designed by Burj Dubai architect Skidmore Owings and Merrill, and is being touted as a “vertical resort’’, referring to the building’s unique cellular structure of nine cylinder tubes defined by a spiraling filigree form. The first residential floor will start at 40 m above ground to ensure views for all units. The tower will house resident-only movie theatres, two zones of amenity floors, including a spa, health club, pools, party rooms, childrens play rooms, day care, a library, and a fully-automated 800-car parking service, where cars are stacked and retrieved by residents through a sophisticated computer system. “What we are developing is not a static sculpture, but a living habitat. Our aim is to make the design, more sensual and intuitive and less mechanical,” explained Ahmed Chehouri, executive director for planning and development for Al Sharq Developments. Al Sharq has also launched the Lighthouse Hotel and Residence located on the crescent of The Palm Jumeirah. The development’s architecture is designed to capture the light of the rising sun and beam it into the complex’s interior. At night, the roof of the 380-room hotel will be lit and an arc of light will be projected across The Palm. The Lighthouse Residence will offer 200 apartments comprising two, three, and four bedroom configuration, each designed to have a sea facing view. Apartments will be available on 99-year leasehold, as will residential units within the Al Sharq Tower, which has an expected completion date of December 2007.

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