Gevora Hotel

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Gevora Hotel
فندق جيفورا
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Gevora Hotel in October 2018
Alternative namesAhmed Abdul Rahim Al Attar Tower
General information
StatusComplete
TypeHotel
Address101 Sheikh Zayed Road
Dubai, United Arab Emirates
Coordinates25°12′44.6″N 55°16′37.5″E / 25.212389°N 55.277083°E / 25.212389; 55.277083Coordinates: 25°12′44.6″N 55°16′37.5″E / 25.212389°N 55.277083°E / 25.212389; 55.277083
Construction started2005
Completed2017
Cost>500 million AED
Height
Architectural1,169.1 ft (356.33 m)
Tip1,174 ft (357.8 m)
Top floor906 ft (276.3 m)
Technical details
MaterialSteel and concrete
Floor count75 (+2 below ground)
Lifts/elevators6
Design and construction
Architecture firmEng. Adnan Saffarini Office
DeveloperAl Attar Properties
Structural engineerGulf Engineering & Consultants
Main contractor• Al Fara'a General Contracting
• Naresco Contracting
• Caterpillar Contracting
Other information
Number of rooms528
Website
www.gevorahotels.com
References
[1][2][3][4][5][6]

Gevora Hotel (Arabic: فندق جيفورا) is a 1,168 ft (356 m) tall hotel along Sheikh Zayed Road in the city Dubai. That height has given the skyscraper the title of tallest hotel building according to Guinness World Records.[7] The four-star Gevora Hotel opened its doors in February 2018 after a construction period of twelve years. It offers a total of 528 rooms spread over its 75 floors and a number of facilities including restaurants and a pool on top of its parking garage building.

Gevora Hotel is located along the highway Sheikh Zayed Road at number 101 in close proximity to the Dubai International Financial Centre and its namesake metro station, the Rose Rayhaan by Rotana, and the Emirates Towers. The hotel is about 1 mile (1.6 km) away from Burj Khalifa and The Dubai Mall as the crow flies.

History[edit]

Construction of the Gevora Hotel in January 2008, when the 50th floor was nearly reached.

The construction of the building started in 2005 with Al Attar Properties as developer.[1] During the construction phase, the building was known as Ahmed Abdul Rahim Al Attar Tower (Arabic: برج أحمد عبد الرحيم العطار) after the chairman of the development firm.[1][8] The building was designed by the architecture and engineering firm Eng. Adnan Saffarini Office, but the architect of record was Al Turath Engineering Consultants.[1][6] The contractors included Al Fara'a General Contracting, Naresco Contracting, and Caterpillar Contracting.[1][4][5] It was engineered by the firms Gulf Engineering & Consultants (structural) and Al Attar Electromechanical Engineering (MEP).[1]

After the groundwork was laid in 2005, the tower rose between the spring of 2006 and the summer of 2008, when the top floors were reached. One new floor was added every five days. When a new floor was constructed, first the staircase and elevator shafts were erected, followed by the outer walls and their surrounding beams. Finally, the spaces in between were filled.[9] After the main structure was finished, the building was fully clad and the crown was installed. The building was initially planned as a residential tower, but was converted into a hotel during construction.[10] It was completed in 2017 after twelve years of construction.[1] Gulf News reported the construction had cost over 500 million AED (US$140 million).[2] After its completion, it was revealed that the building would be a hotel with the name "Gevora Hotel". The first guests arrived on February 12, 2018.[11]

Architecture[edit]

The Gevora Hotel and its parking garage structure (orange) are connected through a skyway.

The Gevora Hotel consists of a main hotel building and a parking garage building. The main building has an architectural height of 1,169.1 ft (356.33 m), making it the tallest hotel building according to Guinness World Records.[7] It beat the previous record holder, the JW Marriott Marquis Dubai, which is located around 2 miles (3.2 km) to the southwest, by about 3 feet (1 m).[12] The third tallest hotel, the 1,093 ft (333 m) tall Rose Rayhaan by Rotana, is situated in close proximity as well.[13] The record of tallest hotel only considers buildings that are exclusively used as a hotel; the highest hotel room can be found at The Ritz-Carlton, Hong Kong, which occupies the top floors of the 1,588 ft (484 m) tall International Commerce Centre.[14][15] Besides being the tallest hotel, Gevora Hotel is also the eighth-tallest completed building in Dubai, the ninth-tallest in the United Arab Emirates, and among the 50 tallest buildings in the world.[1]

The main building of the Gevora Hotel sits on a square 100-by-100-foot (30 m × 30 m) plot and climbs 75 floors to a height of 906 ft (276.3 m), which is the height of the top floor.[1][2] To stabilize the narrow structure, a deep foundation was used.[1] The 75 floors the building has include a mezzanine located above the first floor and three mechanical floors (labeled 11, 42 and, 73).[5][9] An additional two floors are located in the basement.[1] The main structure consists of concrete and steel and is covered in a glass facade, that includes gold-tinted elements.[1] The floors can be reached by six elevators, three of which reach the top of the building. The latter elevators travel with a speed of 16 mph (26 km/h) and can reach the highest floor in 38 seconds.[3] A pyramid-shaped crown-like structure with a gold color and lattice pattern sits upon the roof.[16] The tip of the building is located above this crown at a height of 1,174 ft (357.8 m), 5 feet (1.5 m) above the architectural top.[1]

A parking garage building with thirteen floors is situated to the southeast of the main building.[17] Besides serving as a car park, the building also houses some of the hotel's facilities on its roof including a pool. The rooftop of the parking garage structure is connected to the main hotel building through a skyway.

Hotel[edit]

A double room on the 68th floor
Lobby
Entrance

The four-star Gevora Hotel is entered through the lobby on the first floor.[11] The lobby is decorated using marble and gold-colored elements.[18] The Guinness World Records plaque stating that Gevora Hotel is the tallest hotel is displayed in the lobby as well.[19] The 528 rooms are located above the lobby.[12] The smallest rooms are the 232 double rooms with a size of 500 sq ft (46 m2).[11][20] Larger are the one-bedroom suites, of which there are 264, with their size of 670 sq ft (62 m2).[21][22] The 32 suites with two bedrooms occupy 910 sq ft (85 m2) each.[11][22]

Furthermore, Gevora Hotel has number of facilities for its guests. The first floor houses a coffee shop called Le Veyron Café next to the lobby. The mezzanine floor above is occupied by the all-day international restaurant Gevora Kitchen.[23] The 12th floor has a skyway that connects the hotel to the parking garage building. The main pool facility is located on top of that building and has a main pool with a length of 80 ft (25 m), a kids' pool, a hot tub, and a pool bar.[23][24] The 12th floor also features a meeting room, a gift shop, and a fitness center with separate facilities for men and women, containing a sauna and a steam room.[23][25] The top floor houses a spa, while the rooftop offers views and features two pools.[23][24] Gevora Hotel has plans to add two new restaurants including one on its top floor.[11][26]

Floors[edit]

Floor Note(s)
HC Spa and roof
M3 Mechanical floor
43–72 Hotel rooms
M2 Mechanical floor
13–41 Hotel rooms
12 Skyway, pool, fitness center, meeting room, gift shop
M1 Mechanical floor
1–10 Hotel rooms
M Mezzanine floor (Gevora Kitchen)
G Ground floor (lobby and Le Veyron Café)
B1–B2 Basement floors

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m "Gevora Hotel". The Skyscraper Center. Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat. Retrieved 22 November 2018.
  2. ^ a b c Nair, Manoj (12 February 2018). "Dubai's Gevora, the new tallest hotel in the world, opens". Gulf News. Dubai. Retrieved 24 November 2018.
  3. ^ a b Dhanwani, Sapna (24 January 2018). "Inside the world's tallest hotel". Gulf News. Dubai. Retrieved 24 November 2018.
  4. ^ a b "Projects". Al Fara'a General Contracting Co. 6 February 2007. Retrieved 25 November 2018 – via Wayback Machine.
  5. ^ a b c "Projects". Naresco Contracting. Retrieved 25 November 2018.
  6. ^ a b "AL ATTAR TOWER". Eng. Adnan Saffarini Office. Retrieved 25 November 2018.
  7. ^ a b "Tallest hotel". Guinness World Records. Retrieved 22 November 2018.
  8. ^ "Al Attar to set up aluminium, glass factory in Industrial City". Khaleej Times. Dubai. 3 January 2006. Retrieved 24 November 2018.
  9. ^ a b "Meva keeps tower on the fast track". Gulf Construction. March 2007. Retrieved 25 November 2018.
  10. ^ Al Ramahi, Nawal (12 February 2018). "High and dry: world's tallest hotel opens in Dubai". The National. Retrieved 25 November 2018.
  11. ^ a b c d e Conroy, Jade (15 February 2018). "Inside the world's tallest hotel, home to a rooftop pool and gold-coated doors – but no alcohol". The Daily Telegraph. Retrieved 23 November 2018.
  12. ^ a b Ali, Aya (26 March 2018). "Video: Dubai's 75-storey Gevora Hotel is officially the tallest in the world". Guinness World Records. Retrieved 22 November 2018.
  13. ^ "100 Tallest All-Hotel Buildings by Height to Architectural Top". The Skyscraper Center. Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat. Retrieved 25 November 2018.
  14. ^ "Highest hotel (in a mixed-use building)". Guinness World Records. Retrieved 25 November 2018.
  15. ^ "International Commerce Centre". The Skyscraper Center. Council on Tall Building and Urban Habitat. Retrieved 25 November 2018.
  16. ^ Nelson, Tim (20 February 2018). "The World's New Tallest Hotel Includes a Gold Lattice Spire". Architectural Digest. Condé Nast. Retrieved 24 November 2018.
  17. ^ "Gevora Hotel". Propsearch. Retrieved 25 November 2018.
  18. ^ Josset, Christophe (12 February 2018). "EN IMAGES. D'un mètre, le plus grand hôtel du monde... n'est pas le plus haut". L'Express (in French). Retrieved 25 November 2018.
  19. ^ McFarlane, Nyree (25 February 2018). "Dh100 to visit the rooftop of world's tallest hotel in Dubai". The National. Retrieved 25 November 2018.
  20. ^ Abbas, Waheed (12 February 2018). "Out of top 10, Dubai is home to world's 7 tallest hotels". Khaleej Times. Retrieved 24 November 2018.
  21. ^ "PREMIUM 1 BEDROOM". Gevora Hotel. Retrieved 25 November 2018.
  22. ^ a b "Room List". Gevora Hotel. Retrieved 25 November 2018.
  23. ^ a b c d Hedley Hymers, Sarah (21 March 2018). "5 things to know about the world's tallest hotel, which just opened in Dubai". Condé Nast Traveler. Retrieved 23 November 2018.
  24. ^ a b Munshower, Laurel (2 April 2018). "Dive in to Gevora Hotel's skyscraper pool". Condé Nast Traveller. Retrieved 24 November 2018.
  25. ^ "Meet at Gevora". Gevora Hotel. Retrieved 25 November 2018.
  26. ^ "Dine at Gevora". Gevora Hotel. Retrieved 25 November 2018.

External links[edit]

Records
Preceded by
JW Marriott Marquis Dubai
World's tallest hotel
1,169.1 feet (356.33 m)

2018–present
Incumbent