Burj Khalifa, the tallest building in the world, which forms the iconic centerpiece of Downtown Dubai, was named the winner in the ‘mixed use project’ category at the Cityscape Awards ceremony held in Abu Dhabi.
The awards were presented during a gala dinner at Emirates Palace, Abu Dhabi, on Sunday in the presence of senior executives and personalities from the international real estate industry.
Burj Khalifa is part of the two-square kilometre flagship development by Emaar called Downtown Dubai and, on completion, was named in honour of UAE President and Ruler of Abu Dhabi Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan.
Dubai’s new urban masterpiece and the world’s tallest man-made structure, Burj Khalifa, stands at 828 metres surrounded by hotels, the region’s biggest shopping mall, a world of entertainment options, as well as commercial and residential developments that make up Downtown Dubai.
In their comments on Burj Khalifa and Downtown Dubai, the panel of international and regional judges said: “True to the notion of iconic, this development encompasses everything good in a mixed use development – a pleasant commercial working environment, a range of excellent hospitality venues, world class shopping and a beautiful residential integration.”
Chris Speller, group director of Cityscape, said, “Burj Khalifa and Downtown Dubai have given the world of real estate a new point of reference for modern living and are clear and worthy winners of this prestigious award.”
Other awards for unique projects that exemplify the remarkable real estate development made by both the private and public sectors throughout the Middle East and North Africa region went to:
Mixed Use Future – Al Nasseem, Al Ain, by Al Qudra Real Estate, a project to turn Surooj Park into a unique residential and wedding destination including a hotel, sports, and leisure and health complex.
Residential Built – Loft 1, Istanbul, Turkey by Akfen Holding. “Less is more,”said the judges. “The simplicity and clarity of loft-like, generous duplex units with double height areas always convinces.”
Residential Future – Baniyas/South Wathba Revitalisation, Abu Dhabi by Abu Dhabi Urban Planning Council. “A most relevant initiative to revitalise, upgrade and grow Arabian neighbourhoods with an authentic and systematic typological strategy,” said the judges.
Commercial, Office, Retail Built – Yas Hotel, Abu Dhabi, by Aldar Properties. “An amazing development, that not only adds to the brand the region is creating but has been finished to extremely high standards and meets the needs of visitors and guests,” the judges said.
Commercial, Office, Retail Future – Yas Island Development, Ferrari World Abu Dhabi by Aldar Properties. The judges’ comment: “The uniqueness of this project on an international scale, edges out Al Raha Beach HQ. It will again build to the brand of the region.”
Sustainability – King Abdullah International Gardens, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia by Dr Ibrahim Aldjain. “Education for future generations about the importance of sustainability, as well as the sheer number of people it will attract to learn about this,” said the judges.
Architecture, Best Urban Design and Master Planning – Framework plan for the Eastern Harbour, Alexandria, Egypt by Emaar. “The proposed framework plan provides a well integrated and coordinated approach connecting the key elements through a bold urban gesture,” said the judges.