UAE's Sowwah Square wins tall building award

Al Maryah Island flagship development in the running to win global recognition

Abu Dhabi’s Sowwah Square has been named the best new tall building in the Middle East and Africa by the Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat (CTBUH).

The 450,000 sqm office, retail and hotel development is the flagship of Al Maryah Island and its commercial centre.

Due to be completed this quarter, the development will include four commercial towers, two five-star international hotels and The Galleria at Sowwah Square, a luxury retail complex.

The CTBUH says its Best Tall Building Awards are judged by an independent review of new projects each year by a panel of industry executives.

There were 60 entrants this year.

Projects are recognised for making “an extraordinary contribution to the advancement of tall buildings and the urban environment, and for achieving sustainability at the broadest level”.

“The winners and finalists include some of the most striking buildings on the global landscape,” Jeanne Gang, awards jury chairperson and principal of Studio Gang Architects, said.

“They represent resolutions to a huge range of contemporary issues, from energy consumption to integration with the urban realm on the ground.”

Other regional winners include The Bow in Calgary, Canada (Americas); CCTV in Beijing, China (Asia and Australia); and The Shard in London, UK (Europe).

A global winner will be announced on November 7.

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