Almas Tower Completed

Jenny Malem
Our Dubai office played a key role in the completion of Dubai’s latest landmark, the Almas Tower, in a tough climate.

The signature tower at Jumeirah Lakes Towers (JLT), Almas Tower stands at 360 metres, making it the tallest tower at JLT and currently the tallest occupied commercial building in the UAE.

We have been working as project managers on Jumeirah Lakes Towers  for the last 5 years. JLT is a 2.5km2 mixed use development consisting of 86 towers.

We provided the full service of project management and commercial management plus extensive construction advice on Almas Tower, working closely with the client, the Dubai Multi Commodities Centre (DMCC).

Meaning 'diamond' in Arabic, and taking on the shape of its namesake, the Almas Tower has been built around the Dubai Diamond Exchange (DDE), accommodating both its offices plus bullion and diamond vaults.

One of the biggest challenges of the project was a tight schedule, with the entire building planned to be completed in just 790 days. This timescale was particularly challenging considering the shortage of resources in 2007 and 2008, when the bulk of the work had to be completed. Despite this we ensured that the quality requirements were maintained without compromising safety standards.

With up to 1,250 employees on site during the peak construction period, we co-ordinated consultants, third parties and contractors, including facilities management, to ensure a smooth operation from start to finish.

The DMCC moved into their offices in July 2008 whilst construction was being completed. The tower was completed for tenant fit out in September 2008 and the occupation certificate was issued in October. A second occupation certificate was issued in April 2009 for areas such as the podium and basements.

The completed Almas Tower contains 63 floors, of which the DMCC occupy 4 levels. The podium levels GF, 1 and 2 include offices for the DDE, retail space and food courts.

The late addition of function rooms provides facilities for conferences, presentation seminars, social functions and auctions, and has a fully integrated AV system for up to 500 people.

Our parent company, Atkins, was the principal consultant for the design, and also provided site supervision services. The main contractor was Taisie/ACC JV.

The glass-floored diamond exchange in Almas Tower

The world's largest diamond exchange, which features a glass floor, in Almas Tower

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