DWTC extension will transform Dubai’s skyline

The implementation of the Dubai World Trade Centre (DWTC) masterplan will transform one of the Middle East’s major business districts through the delivery of a striking architectural vision for the world, according to executives at a signing ceremony in Dubai last month.

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By  Sarah Gain Published  October 8, 2006

The implementation of the Dubai World Trade Centre (DWTC) masterplan will transform one of the Middle East’s major business districts through the delivery of a striking architectural vision for the world, according to executives at a signing ceremony in Dubai last month. In line with DWTC’s vision to set a world-class standard for the whole DWTC complex as a state-of-the-art business quarter, two of the world’s leading design practices — Hopkins Architects (HA) and William Sale Partnership (WSP) — have signed a design agreement for the first phase of the mixed-used master plan approved earlier this year by His Highness Sheikh Hamdan bin Rashid Al Maktoum, chairman of DWTC. According to Helal Saeed Al Marri, director general, DWTC, the centre has ambitious plans to create a business quarter that will be globally recognisable as the epicentre of Dubai’s emerging central business district. Al Marri hopes that both HA and WSP will play a major part in this development. “The appointment of Hopkins Architects and WSP highlights the importance we are placing on world-class architecture for the DWTC masterplan,” said Al Marri. “Following the instructions of His Highness Sheikh Hamdan bin Rashid Al Maktoum, our aim is to create truly outstanding properties at the very heart of Dubai, supported by all the facilities required to host world-class meetings and conventions,” he added. The area surrounding the DWTC Tower will be enhanced and remodelled to include a convention centre, office and residential towers, hotels and hotel apartments. “We are enormously excited to have been selected to design the first phase of the most outstanding and important development site in Dubai,” said Sir Michael Hopkins, chairman of HA. “Hopkins Architects has been tasked with designing a DWTC district that will define the character of the entire area as a development of international standard and status. We look forward to working with the DWTC on part of their development.” The project contains two hotels, more than 2000 apartments and 250,000m² of offices with related retail and car parking facilities. Hopkins’ proposal includes a mix of public and private spaces and all the buildings will be environmentally sustainable.

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