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PROJECTS IN FOCUS


CAPITAL MARKET AUTHORITY TOWER, RIYADH


Te 385-metre high crystalline Capital Market Authority tower will be the tallest of a quintet of business towers set within the new Financial Plaza in the King Abdullah Financial District, and is currently the tallest commercial tower under development in the Kingdom. With an overall GFA of 200,000 square metres, the podium structure at its base integrates public circulation via the districts’ series of integrated sky bridges. Private amenity spaces include a two-storey state-of-the-art auditorium and dining facilities, drawn together with a breathtaking contemporary design. Jointly designed by Omrania & Associates and HOK, and project managed by the Sweett Group, the Capital Market Authority will occupy the upper section of the tower, with the remaining floors leased to leading global financial organisations and banks. Te building will incorporate energy efficient design following LEED guidelines, and will incorporate leading edge technologies, including the use of photovoltaics. Capital Market Authority Tower will offer premier Class A office space integrating intelligent, cutting edge and adaptable services while adhering to inherent green building principles. Te tower is expected to be completed in late 2013 when this iconic crystalline tower will join the top table of global tall towers.


JABAL OMAR, MAKKAH Covering an area of two million square metres and designed to provide


accommodation and supporting facilities for visitors and residents of the holy city of Makkah, the Jabal Omar development surrounds the Grand Mosque and involves the construction of a total of 37 towers including hotels, a series of 20-storey residential buildings, a retail concourse, 58,000-square-metre prayer area and 2,000-seat conference hall. Phase one of the multi-phased development will include nine towers with hotels and residential apartments. A total of 520 restaurants and 4,360 commercial and retail units are also being built. Upon completion, the development will feature air-conditioned plazas for up to 100,000 worshippers and open courtyards for 120,000 visitors. At the heart of the project are the Abraj Al-Bait Towers, also known as the Makkah Royal Clock Hotel Tower. To accommodate worshipers visiting the Ka’aba, Abraj Al-Bait Towers will also have a prayer room facility accommodating up to 10,000 people. Architectural detail includes a series of four clock faces for each side of the hotel tower located 530 metres above ground level, making it the world’s largest and highest working clock. Jabal Omar will also break other records upon completion with the world’s tallest hotel and the largest building floor area.


26 I CITYSCAPE I NOVEMBER 2011


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