By Neil Halligan
Developer has appointed Dubai Mall contractor Dutco Group to "restore the project to its glory and even surpass its grandeur"
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.
Would have been great to see this 'can do' attitude of Dubai after the fire at Tamweel Tower. Its been 3 years and counting. 160 families displaced. Enormous losses for people who actually invested in Dubai.
This sounds great but will the buildings cladding material that caught on fire so easily be replaced by proper fireproof material so this disaster will not happen again.
Can they take preventive measure on The Address Hotel Dubai Marina
Couldn't agree more. I was thinking the same. The contractor's already been appointed (on 04 January 2016), after only two working days?!
I'd like to hear from the insurance companies and their views on Insuring 'Fire Hazard' clad buildings in Dubai Marina and across the City...and if in fact they will renewing such Insurance policies going forward.
If you can not insure a building...does that not then effect the price/value of the asset held/purchased?
Very interesting and serious point
Agreed. Also in the City of Arabia development. 8 years and counting and nothing built
Great point. For the record, the entire cladding of Tamweel Tower is being replaced with fire proof material.
Perhaps they could first issue some truthful statements about the failures of the old building - why the sprinkler systems didn't work, where the fire started, how it started, why it spread so quickly, why the alarms didn't go off immediately, how many people were actually hurt (nobody believes that which is reported not least because the fire was still burning 24+hrs later and it was reported to be 'out within hours'), etc.
The 'can do' must not come before 'transparent' - nor in front of providing answers to the searching questions which remain unanswered.
Not sure that an internal sprinkler system (that incidentally DID work - there are videos online that substantiate this) would be much use extinguishing an external facade fire?