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The First Group achieves construction milestone for ‘world’s tallest hotel’

Property developer The First Group has announced that it is making rapid progress in the development of Ciel, with the high-profile Dubai Marina property’s foundations nearing completion.

The Dubai-headquartered firm is building the future icon with development partner China Railway Construction Corporation (CRCC).

More than 11,800 cubic metres of concrete and in excess of 3,000 tonnes of steel are being used to construct the building’s foundations, highlighting the sheer scale of the project. The largest concrete pour, completed this week, comprised 7,000 cubic metres of concrete over a continuous 48-hour period. A final pour consisting of 1,000 cubic metres of concrete is scheduled for September 3.

“We’re proud to mark this important milestone in the development of Ciel, which is set to become one of Dubai’s most iconic buildings and a landmark hotel of global significance,” says Rob Burns, CEO of The First Group.

“Ciel is The First Group’s 18th project in Dubai and our largest and most complex undertaking to date. This spectacular tower will truly be a jewel in the crown of one of the world’s most dynamic cities. Ideally located in Dubai Marina, Ciel guests will enjoy world-class hospitality, F&B and entertainment facilities.”

Designed by award-winning architectural firm NORR, the 365-metre tall skyscraper will house 1,042 guestrooms including 150 suites, guest amenities and facilities, such as the Ciel Observatory & Lounge on the 81st floor, and a rooftop Sky Terrace featuring an infinity pool, bar and observation deck.

Standout design features include a 300-metre tall atrium with vertically stacked landscaped and naturally ventilated terraces spanning the building’s 82 floors, which will provide occupants with shared communal and interactive space.

Ciel’s interior design is inspired by the concept of Wabi-Sabi, a Japanese tradition with a key focus on understated elegance and rustic, warm aesthetics.

A signature specialty restaurant befitting Ciel’s luxury status will spearhead the hotel’s F&B options, which will also include an all-day dining venue, Sunset Lounge (75th floor) and Horizon Bar (77th floor).


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