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VIDEO: Ithra Dubai reveals One Za'abeel construction update

TIMELAPSE: Ithra Dubai shares timelapse footage of twin-tower project's site, with inputs from Mace International, ALEC, and WSP

Ithra Dubai is developing One Za'abeel.
Screengrab / Ithra Dubai
Ithra Dubai is developing One Za'abeel.

A new timelapse video has been released of Ithra Dubai’s One Za'abeel construction site, the twin-tower development near Dubai World Trade Centre on Sheikh Zayed Road, for which stakeholders include industry leaders such as ALEC, Mace International, Kerzner International Holdings, and Omnium International, among various others.

The video, shared by Ithra Dubai on its official page, features Mace’s operations director, Stephen Venney, and ALEC project director, Theuns Erasmus, among other officials outlining key details of the construction programme that Ithra Dubai is rolling out for One Za'abeel.

“The element of One Za’abeel which makes it stand out as an iconic building is the link structure,” Venney says in the video.

“The design philosophy was two towers rising out of the mound of the earth. It’s a gateway between Old Dubai and New Dubai.”

Erasmus explains how logistical considerations have been managed for One Za’abeel, which is being developed in “a restricted area in the middle of town [which] make logistics a big challenge for us”.

Technical director at WSP, Dr Mohamed Hegazy, says one of the main challenges is to monitor deflections or movements “that occur to [a nearby] bridge, resulting from the construction activities”.

ALEC’s health, safety, and environment (HSE) manager, Nick Nel, says a “fantastic, experienced” unit has been engaged for the One Za’abeel megaproject and is “working hand-in-hand with the safety team”.

Commenting on One Za’abeel’s impact, Venney says: “Dubai has been known for its groundbreaking projects and pushing the boundaries of architecture.

“One Za’abeel will now add to that.”

According to construction listings platform ProTenders, ALEC is engaged as general contractor for the project, with its company, Alemco, working as mechanical, electrical, and plumbing (MEP) contractor alongside Specon Group.

Al Jaber Transport & General Contracting is also listed as general contractor for One Za’abeel, with Omnium and Nikken Sekkei also working on the project.

Mace is named as One Za’abeel’s project manager by ProTenders, while Eversendai is involved as steel contractor.

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