A new Dubai skyscraper is to have a UAE-first rainforest and man-made urban beach housed within it.
Located on Sheikh Zayed Road near TECOM and The Greens, Rosemont Hotel and Residences will be a dual-tower development consisting of two 47-storey structures spread across 170,000sqm. The scrapers will be linked by a podium five storeys up that will host the headline-grabbing landscaping.
Official details on those elements haven't been released, but in February, AOL claimed 23,000sqm of rainforest will be serviced by a river stream of recycled water. They also added the hotel was expected to have robot baggage handlers.
The cost of the project, which was handed over to award-winning architects ZAS, in line with Kieferle&Partner, is slated above Dhs1 billion ($300 million).
As well as the 450 key hotel (operated by Hilton’s luxury Curio brand) and 280 serviced apartments, there will be the usual spa and health club amenities, but also fine dining restaurants, 'niche' retail and several eye-catching lifestyle elements halfway up, known only at this stage as 'skylobby' and 'skypool'
While specifics are rather tricky to get hold of, images made available by ZAS Architects suggest something quite spectacular.
Gizmag also add that 'there will be a nightclub on the first floor of the podium and an entertainment complex with a bowling alley, a skydive simulator, a kids play area and a luxury cinema on the top floor'.
Work officially already started in February on the 13,000 sqm of land opposite Central Business Towers. Construction is expected to be completed in April 2018.