Emaar plans to reopen blaze-hit Dubai hotel ‘in record time’

Developer has appointed Dubai Mall contractor Dutco Group to "restore the project to its glory and even surpass its grandeur"
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By Neil Halligan
Sun 03 Jan 2016 03:25 PM

Emaar Properties has appointed a contractor to carry out the restoration work on the blaze-hit The Address Downtown and reopen the hotel in “in record time”.

Dutco Group, which is currently working on the adjacent expansion of The Dubai Mall, is already on site at The Address Downtown with a team of international consultants. With the major clean-up operation work already started, the firm is also carrying out mechanical, electrical and structural assessment of the building ahead of its full restoration.

Emaar said it is coordinating with the various government entities, including the Dubai Police, Dubai Civil Defence, Dubai Municipality and Dubai Electricity and Water Authority, among others, to speed up work on the hotel, which caught fire on New Year's Eve.

“We are committed to expediting the reopening of the hotel in line with the directives of HH Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum,” said Mohamed Alabbar, chairman of Emaar Properties.

“We are demonstrating the can-do ability of Dubai with our focus on opening the hotel in record time using the best in design, quality and technology.

“The Address Downtown Dubai is our first hotel project and it has set international benchmarks with its excellent hospitality standards. We will restore the project to its glory and even surpass its grandeur that befits the prestige of the city and Downtown Dubai. We are working with all Dubai government entities to expedite the construction work,” he added.

Once clearing and assessment work is completed, construction will commence immediately, in accordance with a tightly scheduled calendar, with a focus on the highest standards of quality.

“To achieve our timelines, we will leverage all our resources and our proven track-record of delivering iconic projects. Every aspect of the workflow will be clearly streamlined and we will deploy the latest technology tools to ensure that we meet our timeframe,” Alabbar said.

The details of the work including the timelines and plans will be revealed in due course.

Dutco Group is the original contractor of The Dubai Mall and is currently building the mall’s ongoing expansion. The group has also been engaged in several major civil works projects in Dubai, such as the arrivals terminal and the Dubai Airwing Facilities at Dubai International Airport, among other hotel, residential and commercial projects.

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