Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat
Marina 101, Dubai, United Arab Emirates
Featured December 2017
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Completion Date:

425 m (1,394 ft)




120,706 sq m (1,299,269 sq ft)

Primary Function:

Residential/ Hotel/ Office
                                 Sheffield Real Estate
Emaar Properties
National Engineering Bureau (design)
Structural Engineers:

National Engineering Bureau (design)
MEP Engineers:

SDT International (design)
Main Contractor:
TAV Construction
Other Consultants:
Barker Mohandas, LLC (Vertical Transportation)
Material Supplier:
CCL (Concrete); ETA Melco Elevator Company L.L.C. (Elevator); CoxGomyl (Facade)

With architectural elements reminiscent of art-deco design, Marina 101 stands out in a city full of supertall structures. Located in the tightly packed Dubai Marina district, the building is just steps away from the Persian Gulf and is surrounded by several major high-rise complexes, as well as the famed Palm Jumeirah Island development. The tower will accommodate serviced apartments and the Middle East’s first Hard Rock Hotel.
Contextual view of the tower under construction, photo by View of the tower's top floors, photo by Terri Meyer Boake
The design of the structure fully embraces a wide range of aesthetic influences. Rather than just building straight towards the sky, Marina 101’s architects added numerous visual elements to perforate and diffuse the building’s exterior. Flared projections acting as light dishes break the vertical monotony of the supertall tower as it rises, culminating in a 45-meter crown that caps the building and sets it apart in the surrounding skyline. The façade consists of a granite base, two-tone aluminum cladding along the height of the tower, and double glazing to reduce heat again. At night the subtly lit crown will be clearly visible from the Dubai airport. It will consist of sky blue aluminum panels converging to a dramatic four-point pinnacle.

Within the tower, the vertical transportation system consists of a total of 28 elevators, ranging from low-speed service elevators to high-speed high-rise elevators. The six basements and the tower sit on a four-meter-thick raft foundation supported by 280 friction grip piles, ranging from 80 centimeters to 150 centimeters in diameter. The forest of piles, gripped by the surrounding strata, will ensure the safety and stability of the structure.

Building Section

Ground view of the tower's crown under construction

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Marina 101