By Oscar Rousseau
Azizi Development's 570m skyscraper in Dubai will be the fifth-tallest in the world, according to company's founder and chairman Mirwais Azizi.
Azizi Development’s new 'iconic' skyscraper in Dubai will be the fifth-tallest in the world, according to the company’s chairman Mirwais Azizi.
In an exclusive interview with Construction Week, Azizi said the 570 metre skyscraper close to the Sheikh Zayed Road will be completed between 2021 and 2022.
The skyscraper project is expected to cost $816m (AED3bn), which includes the cost of buying the land.
“It is the most ambitious construction project Azizi Developments has ever embarked upon,” Azizi said. “I am looking at every square foot of this project very seriously to ensure it finishes successfully and is delivered on time.”
A huge plot of land adjacent to Dubai Creek has been purchased. It is currently ring-fenced by navy blue Azizi Development hoarding. Promotional text along the boards carry words which spell out the following message: “Azizi will change the way you live”.
Azizi described the skyscraper as a “special project”, and said he conceived the idea because he wanted to give "something beautiful" back to Dubai.
The 122-floor building will house residential units on the first 100 floors, while the remaining 22 floors will be reserved for a luxury hotel.
It's expected to be completed within 46 months, but the company hope to reduce the construction time, as Azizi wants the project to be delivered somewhere between 39 and 44 months.
The architectural firm behind the high-rise building is Atkins, a company that has been involved in the design of Dubai Metro, Five Jumeriah Village, and the iconic Burj Al Arab.
Atkins has recently been working on minor changes to the interior design of Azizi’s skyscraper. Construction of the supertall is set to begin in the summer of 2018.
At around 570m tall, it will be among the tallest skyscrapers in Dubai. The Burj Khalifa is currently the tallest building in the world, standing 830m high. However, the Dubai Creek Tower is reportedly set to take the Burj Khalifa’s crown and become the emirate’s tallest-ever building upon delivery in 2020.