Inside plans for Dubai's latest luxury project
Lush green balcony-gardens and 271 sky-high swimming pools are part of the design for Suites in the SKAI
SKAI Holdings, the Dubai-based real estate investment company, has secured AED927m (US$252.4m) worth of sales for its new AED1.2bn ($326.9m) four-star hotel, Suites in the SKAI, in Dubai’s Jumeirah Village Circle SKAI Holdings officially launched the project in June and has already sold all available hotel rooms and serviced apartments in the 60-storey tower. The remaining areas such as the food and beverage outlets, meeting rooms, spa and retail will be retained by the developer. Suites in the SKAI will feature contemporary hotel and hotel-apartments for business and leisure travellers to meet the growing demand for Dubai’s upscale hospitality sector. Strategically located in close proximity to three of Dubai’s arterial roads – Al Khail Road, Sheikh Mohammad Bin Zayed Road (formerly Emirates Road) and Hessa Street – and a short drive from Dubai’s new Al Maktoum International Airport, Suites in the SKAI will comprise 234-hotel rooms, 234 one-and-two bedroom apartments and 33 penthouses. Lush green balcony-gardens and 271 sky-high swimming pools add to the sense of nature while floating bathtubs, floor to ceiling windows and panoramic views across the city provide the ideal cosmopolitan backdrop. Suites in the SKAI will feature breathable architecture allowing sunlight to shine through the core of the tower and a vertical microclimate design with over half a million sq. ft. of flora, naturally helping maintain the temperature. Construction on Suites in the SKAI will begin in September 2014 with operations due to commence in 2017. “Suites in the SKAI will cater to the growing number of business and leisure tourists that are looking for value for money as well as comfort and convenience in a luxurious setting," said Kabir Mulchandani, Group CEO of Skai Holdings Limited LLC. Suites in the SKAI’s unique tri-star wing structure allows for each room and apartment to incorporate a vast landscaped garden. Conceptualised in-house by architect Nabil Akiki, CEO of Real Estate Development, SKAI Holdings has filed a patent for the distinctive design. The 117 one-bedroom hotel apartments will come complete with an outdoor sky garden and Jacuzzi while the 117 two-bedroom apartments include an 18 sq. ft. sky swimming pool and floor to ceiling windows with cascading water.