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Tower set to replace Oasis Beach Hotel

Dubai’s 10-storey Oasis Beach Hotel looks set to be replaced by a 106-storey super-tall tower, Construction Week has learnt.

Dubai's 10-storey Oasis Beach Hotel looks set to be replaced by a 106-storey super-tall tower, Construction Week has learnt.

The tower would set a precedent for building to such heights adjacent to the beach, and would block the sea view of hundreds of residents and tourists in the twin 51-storey Al Fattan Marine Towers, currently the tallest buildings in Dubai Marina.

The Oasis Beach Hotel is owned by Dubai-based developer Al Fattan Properties, which also owns Al Fattan Marine Towers. Demolition of the hotel has begun.

The developer is keeping the project under wraps at present, but renderings of the proposed tower, which have been credited to Dubai-based LWD Architects, have been circulating since March.

An associate of the firm, who is familiar with the project, told CW that he was "a bit reluctant to give out any information, as you can imagine."

But he did confirm that LWD Architects was "doing some work for Al Fattan on other projects."

The project manager of the new tower, Chris Smith of UK-based construction and consultancy firm Mace, said the project did not have final approval, but confirmed plans to build the tower. Mace is also overseeing the demolition work.

Renderings show a super-tall, slim, triangular structure standing around twice the height of the Al Fattan Marine Towers.

The triangular shape faces out to sea to maximise sea views.

Al Fattan Properties construction manager Mahmood Samara was unavailable for comment.

Questions have been raised whether it is feasible to build to super-tall heights so close to shore, but Atkins design director Lee Morris, who designed the Trump International Hotel and Tower Dubai, said such a proposal posed "no problem."

"It's all a question of how deep the piles need to be," Morris said. "Then it's the water proofing to the external basement wall, but it's certainly very doable."

The Oasis Beach Hotel, on Dubai's Jumeirah Beach, closed on August 29 after a decade in business.

Jebel Ali International Hotels, the company that managed the Oasis Beach Hotel, said in a statement: "Although (closure was) not a decision made by Jebel Ali International Hotels it is all part of being in Dubai and seeing this extraordinary city constantly reinvent itself. An exciting new project is expected to be developed on the existing site."

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