Trump International Hotel and Tower (Dubai)
|The Palm Trump International Hotel & Tower|
The Al Ittihad Park (formerly Trump Tower) monorail station on the Palm Jumeirah, located at the proposed site of the skyscraper.
|Location||Dubai, United Arab Emirates|
|Roof||270 m (890 ft)|
|Design and construction|
|Architect||HHCP Design International, Inc.|
WS Atkins plc (updated concept)
The Trump Organization
The Palm Trump International Hotel & Tower was a proposed skyscraper hotel and residential complex at the trunk of the Palm Jumeirah in Dubai. It was a joint venture between the Trump Organization and Dubai-based Nakheel, a government-owned company, and was announced on October 5, 2005. This building and other prestigious building projects throughout Dubai in late 2008 were never built, largely as a result of the global credit crunch.
The Trump International Hotel & Tower was to be the first development from the Trump Organization in the Middle East. During the planning phase, Donald Trump stated "When I look at potential sites for real estate investment, I concentrate on "location, location, location" — and this is the best location not only in Dubai but the whole of the Middle East." Christina Aguilera was booked to entertain guests at Trump's Los Angeles estate for the launch party on 23 August 2008.
The joint venture of Al Habtoor Engineering and Murray & Roberts was selected as the preferred construction bidder in late 2007, and the estimated completion date was set to 2009 at a cost of US$600,000,000 (equivalent to $724,990,000 in 2018). Foundation work started in August 2007. By 2008, the estimated cost had increased to US$789,000,000 (equivalent to $918,140,000 in 2018). In late November 2008, the Trump International Hotel & Tower was one of three "landmark projects" to be delayed by Nakheel, as it was struggling with the global financial crisis.
During construction, one bidder offered US$3,022 (equivalent to $3,366 in 2018) per square foot for one of the two planned penthouses. By February 2011, the status of the project was unclear. After the project was cancelled, Trump stated "[he and Nakheel] were smart and we got a little bit lucky that we never started that job" in a 2014 interview.
Orlando-based HHCP Design International, Inc. (Managing Partner, Gregory Dungan, AIA) created the master plan for the Palm Jumeriah and the original design for the Trump International Hotel & Tower. The first design was nicknamed the "Golden Tulip" and featured a circular tower surrounded by four large golden petals attached to the sides. The Golden Tulip design won an award from the American Resort Development Association in 2006. Trump stated that he "wasn't a huge fan of [the Tulip design]".
HHCP’s design for the tower, due to begin construction at end of next year, merges traditional Arab/Islamic design philosophies with an innovative sense of modernity. The result is an exciting and inspiring architectural icon that stands in tribute to the forward-looking spirit of the “new” Dubai—in short, an ideal property for the famous Trump style of branding.— HHCP 2006 Annual Profile
Atkins Global was asked to evaluate the HHCP design in February 2006, and responded by revealing an updated concept design in November 2006. The senior design architect was Lee Morris. In Morris's design, two asymmetrical towers, linked at the 40th storey, form an archway over the Palm Jumeirah Monorail. The 62 storey-high towers feature stainless steel, glass, and stone facades, and a monorail station is located at the base of the two towers. The towers were planned to include a 378-room hotel (in the shorter tower) and a 397-apartment residential component (including two penthouse apartments, in the taller tower).
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Donald Trump, President of the United States of America. Scary thought, isn’t it? And if Trump’s campaign so far is anything to go by, I suspect we’re all in for a good laugh as well. In case you’ve missed it, Trump has been busy with another outburst lately, this time targeting the Arab world. He told CNN last week that Arab nations should hand over $5bn to the USA in return for bombing Libya — something he would have demanded as president.
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Question marks have also been raised over the $2.9bn Trump International Hotel and Tower, which was due to be located on the Palm’s trunk. In February this year, a spokesperson for the Trump Organisation refused to deny or confirm whether the project would go ahead.
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