Trump International Hotel and Tower (Dubai)

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The Palm Trump International Hotel & Tower
Trump tower station - panoramio.jpg
The Al Ittihad Park (formerly Trump Tower) monorail station on the Palm Jumeirah, located at the proposed site of the skyscraper.
General information
StatusNever built[1]
LocationDubai, United Arab Emirates
Coordinates25°06′35.55″N 55°08′40.24″E / 25.1098750°N 55.1445111°E / 25.1098750; 55.1445111Coordinates: 25°06′35.55″N 55°08′40.24″E / 25.1098750°N 55.1445111°E / 25.1098750; 55.1445111
CostUS$600 million
Roof270 m (890 ft)
Technical details
Floor count62
Design and construction
ArchitectHHCP 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.[6]

The project was officially cancelled by Nakheel in February 2011,[7] and Nakheel opened Al Ittihad Park on the site in November 2012.[8]


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."[9] Christina Aguilera was booked to entertain guests at Trump's Los Angeles estate for the launch party on 23 August 2008.[10]

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.[11] By 2008, the estimated cost had increased to US$789,000,000 (equivalent to $918,140,000 in 2018).[10] 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.[12]

During construction, one bidder offered US$3,022 (equivalent to $3,366 in 2018) per square foot for one of the two planned penthouses.[13] By February 2011, the status of the project was unclear.[14] 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.[8]


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"[15] and featured a circular tower surrounded by four large golden petals attached to the sides.[16] The Golden Tulip design won an award from the American Resort Development Association in 2006.[17] Trump stated that he "wasn't a huge fan of [the Tulip design]".[15]

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[16]

Atkins Global was asked to evaluate the HHCP design in February 2006,[15] and responded by revealing an updated concept design in November 2006.[18] The senior design architect was Lee Morris.[19] 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).[11][15][18][20]

See also[edit]


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  2. ^ "Trump International Hotel and Tower". CTBUH Skyscraper Center.
  3. ^ Trump International Hotel and Tower at Emporis
  4. ^ "Trump International Hotel and Tower". SkyscraperPage.
  5. ^ Trump International Hotel and Tower at Structurae
  6. ^ McLachlan, James (2 December 2008). "Work halted on Dubai's Trump Tower". The Architects' Journal. Retrieved 11 October 2012.
  7. ^ Claire Ferris-Lay (3 February 2011). "Trump stays mute on Dubai tower cancellation". Arabian Business. Retrieved 11 October 2012.
  8. ^ a b Trenwith, Courtney (20 May 2014). "Trump says cancelling Palm Jumeirah tower was a "smart" move". Arabian Business. Retrieved 28 November 2017.
  9. ^ "Changing the map of Dubai". Arabian Business. 11 October 2007. Retrieved 28 November 2017.
  10. ^ a b Sambidge, Andy (20 August 2008). "Top pop diva supports Trump's Dubai project". Arabian Business. Retrieved 28 November 2017.
  11. ^ a b Giuffrida, Angela (10 November 2007). "Duo up for trump challenge". Arabian Business. Retrieved 28 November 2017.
  12. ^ Bowman, Dylan (30 November 2008). "Nakheel suspends work on landmark Dubai projects". Arabian Business. Retrieved 28 November 2017.
  13. ^ Bhoyrul, Anil (21 April 2011). "Has Manhattan tycoon Trump lost the plot?". Arabian Business. Retrieved 28 November 2017. 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.
  14. ^ Attwood, Ed (5 May 2011). "Delayed Fairmont Palm Jumeirah set for July launch". Arabian Business. Retrieved 28 November 2017. 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.
  15. ^ a b c d Roberts, Jeff (6 August 2008). "Trunk towers". Arabian Business. Retrieved 28 November 2017.
  16. ^ a b "Profile 2006" (PDF). HHCP. Retrieved 28 November 2017.
  17. ^ "HHCP-designed project in Dubai moves forward". Orlando Business Journal. 6 October 2006. Retrieved 28 November 2017.(subscription required)
  18. ^ a b "Atkins reveals concept designs for Trump International Hotel and Tower" (Press release). Atkins Global. 16 November 2006. Archived from the original on 13 May 2007. Retrieved 28 November 2017.
  19. ^ "Whyscrapers". Atkins Global. 10 December 2007. Retrieved 28 November 2017.
  20. ^ "Trump Tower in Dubai". Yanko Design. 1 February 2007. Retrieved 28 November 2017.

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