World's tallest hotel a pinnacle for Archgroup
JW Marriott Marquis Dubai marks consultancy's long tenure in region
Working on the world’s tallest hotel is the culmination of Archgroup International Consultants’ long tenure in the region, says managing partner Ashok Korgaonkar.
At 355m, the $490m JW Marriott Marquis Dubai is the tallest dedicated hotel building in the world, and is just 26m shorter than the Empire State Building in New York.
It is also set to become Dubai’s biggest hotel by room number. At present, the 333m-tall Rose Rayhaan Hotel, also on Sheikh Zayed Road, is the world’s tallest building used purely as a hotel.
The 1,608-room JW Marriott Marquis Dubai will open in two phases, starting from Q4 this year. In terms of the latest progress, Korgaonkar says: “Landscaping is ongoing. Peripheral ties to the hotel have commenced.
"Loose furniture and artifacts installation is ongoing in the guest rooms and corridors, while interior design installation is ongoing in the public areas and restaurants.”
The two-tower development is a landmark feature in both Business Bay and Dubai. Korgaonkar says the unusual form of the towers was inspired by the date palm, “a symbol deeply entrenched in Arabian culture.
“The client, Emirates Airline, wanted the hotel to reflect the soaring ambitions of itself and the city’s hospitality sector, by creating an iconic structure that will serve as a new benchmark.”
Archgroup was the design consultant on the project, which commenced in 2007. The main contractor is Brookfield Multiplex, the structural engineer is BG&E and the MEP engineer is Ian Banham & Associates.
Read the full interview with Ashok Kargaonkar in the next issue of Construction Week magazine.