Site visit: The Pad by Omniyat, UAE

Omniyat has breathed new life into The Pad, a Dubai-based project which stalled following its initial 2007 launch, but that is now nearing completion.

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Omniyat’s Business Bay project, The Pad, had witnessed dramatic ups and downs, even before its first foundation was cast.

The Dubai-based developer stalled its real estate projects – then worth $2.1bn (AED8bn) – following the financial crash of 2008. Five years passed before The Pad was relaunched at Cityscape Global 2013, as one of Omniyat’s two flagship developments.

This resurgence can be attributed to the ongoing recovery of Dubai’s real estate market. The other Omniyat project to be rebooted was The Opus, designed by world-renowned Iraqi-British architect, Dame Zaha Hadid.

True to both Omniyat and Zaha Hadid’s designs, The Opus is an architectural landmark which, when completed, is likely to boost the developer’s portfolio.

The Pad, meanwhile, is a 24-storey, 253-apartment, Miami-inspired tower project designed to offer stylish living and amazing views in Dubai’s Business Bay.

Work on the project, previously known as The iPad, originally started in 2007. Activities recommenced in 2013, and have progressed smoothly ever since, according to Omniyat.

Mohammed Hmeid, director for sales and marketing at the developer, tells Construction Week: “Construction work at the project is almost 80% complete; the whole structure is in place, with 90% of the mechanical, electrical, and plumbing (MEP) works already done.

“Interior works are currently being carried out, and lifts are being worked on too. The first lift will be installed and functional in the beginning of December 2015, with the other three being installed in the beginning of January 2016,” he explains, adding that the project’s expected completion target is between May and June 2016.

The building comprises 253 fully automated and furnished residences, a pool, a gymnasium, and open garden spaces.

Located at the waterfront in the heart of Business Bay, the project is a stone’s throw away from the world’s tallest building, Emaar’s Burj Khalifa.

“All our units offer stunning views; residents from the seventh floor onwards will have an uninterrupted view of the Burj Khalifa and Dubai Creek,” Hmeid says.

Tilted at a 6.5° angle and enveloped in LED lighting to embody the concept of ‘living in the future’, the project boasts 11 studio units, 178 one-bedroom units (of which nine are garden apartments on the podium level), 42 two-bedroom units, and 22 loft apartments, ranging from studios to two-bedroom residences.

The project’s main contractor is UAE-based Modern Building Contracting Company (MBCC), whilst Dubai’s Arab Experts Engineering Consultants (AREX) is the project consultant.

Alico is currently working on the façades for the building. Vexica, a UK lighting design firm, has been appointed to carry out façade lighting works – the entire building will project itself as a video screen.

“The exterior building façade will have effects and different messages displayed. It will be an iconic structure and will be visible from a long distance,” Hmeid explains.

The Pad has been designed by Hong Kong architect James Law. UAE-based Plafond has been appointed to carry out interior fit-out operations, and Kone will supply elevators for the project. Eagle, meanwhile, is in charge of the project’s electromechanical works.

The Pad’s apartments will boast fully-equipped kitchens. Sanitaryware for the units will be supplied by Italy’s Flaminia.

With a total built-up area of 39,948 sqm, The Pad will reach a height of 103m through 20 simplex floors, two duplex floors, and one floor with private garden terraces. The building will offer 360 parking spaces for residents and visitors. The project is also set to include various F&B outlets as a part of its retail offering, Hmeid says.

Prices for a 65-sqm, one-bedroom apartment start from $408,385 (AED1.5m). Two-bedroom units will be available from between $680 to $735 (AED2500 to AED2700) per sqft.

“We have announced a very attractive payment plan for our customers, which involves a 25% down payments, 25% on completion, 25% six months after completion, and 25% payable 12 months after completion,” Hmeid explains, adding that only 11 of the project’s residential units have yet to find buyers.

“Most of our buyers are end users. The Pad is a good investment option in a premium place. and at a convenient price,” he concludes.

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