In 2016, the Jumeirah Group appointed Faithful+Gould as the project manager for the Burj Al Arab Island Development, an extension to the hotel.
The Terrace is a 10,000m2 upper deck, providing access to 32 cabanas, 300 sun loungers, restaurant, pool and outdoor bars. Inside the lower level is over 2500sqm of area accommodating, retail, VIP areas, locker rooms, showers, change rooms and technical spaces. The 5000 tonne structure was a fast track development and was delivered from start to finish in 12 months.
The project, being a turnkey solution and fast track, required extreme dedication and coordination with specialists in the ship building industry being involved from Finland, UK and Europe. Significant challenges were faced due to the project being a first of its kind and the appointment of a design and build team with no similar or Middle East experience.
These challenges could only be overcome through strong leadership and the development of strict project protocols to establish clear lines of communication. Consistent face time was essential and avoided loss of time efficiency in decision making and the approvals process.