Halcrow and Hill win job to oversee The Lagoons

Consultants are appointed on what could be Dubai’s largest island tower development to date

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By  Angela Giuffrida Published  April 22, 2006

Hill International and Halcrow have been appointed as consultants on what could be Dubai’s biggest tower development to date. Sama Dubai, a real estate and development company owned by Dubai Holding, is ploughing US $18 billion (AED65 billion) into the mega project along Dubai Creek, to be called The Lagoons. Spread over 6.5 million m2, the project will consist of seven islands — linked by bridges — with residential buildings, shopping centres, office buildings and marinas. There will also be a central business district, five-star hotels, a theatre, a planetarium, an art gallery, a museum, and Dubai’s first opera house, which is being designed by architect Zaha Hadid. “The Lagoons project is one of the biggest real estate projects being undertaken and is aimed at creating a unique development, which will reinforce and strengthen the positioning of the UAE and particularly that of Dubai as an international centre of business, trade and tourism,” said Mohammad Al Gergawi, UAE Minister of State for Cabinet Affairs and executive chairman of Dubai Holding. The project is one of the first in Dubai on which an Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) will be carried out. Sama Dubai is also consulting with environmental groups such as the World Wildlife Fund (WWF) on the impact of building on and near areas of natural interest. “Ensuring environmental safety is one of the fundamental strategies of Sama Dubai, especially under The Lagoons project,” said Farhan Faraidooni, CEO of Sama Dubai. “The Lagoons will offer the unique setting of being located next to the internationally important [Ras Al Khor] wildlife sanctuary with spectacular views.” Construction will be spread over a timeframe dependent on demand from investors and end-users.

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