New projects for DEPA

Leading Middle Eastern interior contracting company, DEPA United, is expanding its portfolio with some exciting new developments both in the region and internationally. The group has recently been awarded a 46million Dhs contract for the turnkey build, finishing and fit out of 220 guest rooms at the ‘Between the Bridges Hotel,’ in Abu Dhabi.
New projects for DEPA
By Monika Grzesik
Thu 03 Aug 2006 04:00 AM

Leading Middle Eastern interior contracting company, DEPA United, is expanding its portfolio with some exciting new developments both in the region and internationally. The group has recently been awarded a 46million Dhs contract for the turnkey build, finishing and fit out of 220 guest rooms at the ‘Between the Bridges Hotel,’ in Abu Dhabi.

Taking its name from its location on a 900-metre stretch between the Al Maqtaa and the Al Musafah bridges, the hotel design will be heavily influenced by Arabian heritage and culture. DEPA will work with designers Wilson and Associates to create an arabesque feel using materials such as polished marble flooring, granite stones, antique timbers and rich fabrics in a warm colour palette of reds, blues and sandy earth tones. Traditional features will include intricate Arabian style arches and antiques.

Further afield, a project nearing completion is the Al Salam Rotana Hotel in Khartoum, Sudan. The $60 million development is currently the biggest project taking place in Sudan. Primarily aimed at business travellers, the contemporary designed hotel will feature conference rooms, wireless internet services and hi-tech features such as LCD screens in each room as well as all the standard five star facilities that people are accustomed to in the Emirates. 7536 sq m of the total 33,100 sq m of space will house state of the art office space.

ATG from Abu Dhabi are responsible for the exterior architecture of the hotel. The modern design will feature silver aluminium cladding from Dubai, beige stone brought in from Turkey and blue glass. Dubai design firm Hospitality & Leisure Associates (HLA), were commissioned for the interior design. The 225 guest rooms feature a colour palette of beige, off white and mustard, teamed with dark wood. The designer has used ceramic tiles sourced from Spain, marble from Italy, and furniture from China. The sanitary ware is from German firm DEDA. Project manager, Mohammed Jeghel, describes the concept as a, “modern designed business hotel. Simple and functional but special and beautiful.”

Walid Zakaria, managing director of operations, DEPA, Abu Dhabi, Sudan and Qatar, admits that the company has taken a big risk investing in Sudan: “It’s a harsh environment to work in — dirt roads and bad accessibility to the port mean it takes time and effort to bring in goods. It’s also very hard to find contractors in Sudan so it was easier for us to bring in our own workforce.” Unlike previous projects, DEPA has been in charge of the entire development from excavation of the site to handover. The hotel is due for completion in November of this year.

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