Dubai’s new 365-meter skyscraper project – Ciel Tower – reaches its halfway mark


Dubai: Work has reached the midpoint – the 52nd floor – of Dubai’s future skyscraper, the 1,000-room Sky Tower in Dubai Marina. The project, which is expected to be completed in the fourth quarter of 2023, will be the tallest hotel in the world.

The actual opening is scheduled for the first half of 2024. The 365-meter-tall structure has The First Group as its developer and is being built by the company’s lead development partner, China Railway Construction Corporation. CRRC is reputed to be the second largest construction and engineering company in the world by revenue.

When completed, Ciel will house over 1,000 guest rooms as well as the 81st-floor Ciel Observatory and Lounge and a rooftop Sky Terrace with an infinity pool. Other design features include a 300 meter high atrium with vertically stacked terraces spanning the building’s 82 floors.

Residential units in the tower are listed at 1.3 million dirhams on average.

The Sky Tower progress chart. Work on the project continued until the height of the pandemic phase.
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According to Rob Burns, CEO of The First Group, “Ciel is a landmark development for Dubai that will not only enhance its status as one of the world’s premier tourist and business travel destinations, but will set a new benchmark for the high-end accommodations in what is recognized as one of the most dynamic and competitive hotel markets on the planet.

The other super tall structure under construction in Dubai – the Uptown Tower – recently surpassed the 329 meter mark.

The First Group portfolio

In addition to Sky, The First Group’s hotel assets include Wyndham Dubai Marina, Millennium Place Marina, TRYP by Wyndham Dubai and The First Collection JVC.

Other hotel projects are under development in the Business Bay and Jumeirah Village districts.


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