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Cayan Awards AED 700 Million Infinity Tower Contract To Arabtec
2006-11-06

Cayan Awards AED 700 Million Infinity Tower Contract To Arabtec

Cayan Investment and Development has signed one of the UAE s largest construction companies, Arabtec, to build its international award-winning Infinity Tower at Dubai Marina at a cost of AED700 million. 

Cayan has also announced that Drake & Scull has been awarded the Mechanical, Electrical and Plumbing (MEP) services contract and that Currie & Brown has won the Project Management Services contract as a joint venture with El Seif Engineering Contracting (ESEC).

Cayan chairman Mr Ahmed Al Hatti said Cayan had put a lot of effort into ensuring it appointed only the very best companies for the Infinity Tower contracts, as the iconic tower will be constantly in the public eye. Because of its unique spiral design, everyone will be watching Infinity Tower grow and we wanted a construction team that we know will not only deliver on time but will also hand over a finished product that well and truly exceeds our clients expectations. 
Arabtec has more than 24,000 employees and among its current projects is another Dubai icon, Burj Dubai, which will be the highest tower in the world when completed in 2008. Established in 1975, Arabtec has undertaken major projects across the UAE including high rise developments, hotel interiors, residential complexes, office blocks, commercial and industrial projects, major airport developments, offshore oil and gas installations, cinema and entertainment facilities. 

Arabtec s track record speaks for itself, Mr Al Hatti said, as does that of the main subcontractors, Drake & Scull, Currie & Brown and ESEC. Experience was a significant factor in deciding to award the MEP contract to Drake & Scull, with the company having more than 100 years experience internationally and more than 40 years in the Middle East. Drake & Scull is recognised as a world class operator in the MEP field, not only throughout the Middle East but also in Asia, while the project management companies, Currie & Brown and ESEC, also have international reputations for quality, Mr Al Hatti said. 

A Scottish company, Currie & Brown operates in more than 50 countries and has been providing risk and property management services since 1876. ESEC is a leading regional contracting company active in Saudi Arabia, Qatar, Bahrain, Lebanon and Dubai, with affiliates in Paris and London. 

Infinity Tower recently won the award for best architecture in the world at the International Property Awards in London after taking out four awards at the inaugural Arabian Property Awards in Dubai. Designed by Skidmore, Owings & Merill, known for other iconic landmarks such as the Sears Tower in Chicago and Burj Dubai in Dubai, Infinity Tower positions itself as the most exclusive address in the world. 

The 80-storey building will stand at 330 metres, the highest twisting tower in the world. It has spectacular design features affording panoramic ocean, Palm and marina views aided by a complete 90 twist from top to bottom and architectural and construction techniques specifically designed for this project. The interior theme will be very modern to complement the external design. 

Infinity Tower offers one-four bedroom residential apartments with duplexes and penthouses on the higher levels. At street level, there will be designated shopping and retail outlets for both residents and visitors. Every Infinity apartment will have contemporary internationally styled interiors, marble and wood finishes, and premium fixtures and fittings. There will be high-speed Internet and access to digital/satellite TV, state-of-the-art air conditioning, and a comprehensive automation system to control lights, air-conditioning and other functions from a central handset.

The building s residential amenities will include a fully landscaped podium with a rooftop park, outdoor Cayan Tower pool, whirlpool and children s pool, located on the seventh floor. Other amenities include a health spa with treatment rooms, a gymnasium, conference rooms, cigar lounge, a fully-equipped nursery, an outdoor tennis court and a fully enclosed parking garage with state-of-the-art security. Construction will start on Infinity Tower before the end of the year and completion is expected at the end of 2008.

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