The 365m Ciel Tower is poised to become the world's tallest hotel. Credit: Norr Group.
The 82-storey tower will encompass 1,042 luxury suites and service apartments. Credit: Norr Group.
The Ciel Tower is expected to be completed in the first half of 2024. Credit: Norr Group.

Ciel Tower is a high-rise hotel building being developed in Dubai, United Arab Emirates (UAE), by The First Group, a property firm based in the UAE. It is anticipated to be the tallest hotel in the world.

Projected to reach a height of 365m, the hotel will encompass 1,042 luxury suites and service apartments over 82 floors.

Construction of the hotel tower is on track for completion in the first half of 2024.

Location details

Positioned at the centre of Dubai Marina, the Ciel Tower is in proximity to renowned destinations such as the Marina Walk and the Marina Mall.

The location is also anticipated to host an array of luxury hotels, retail spaces and dining establishments, and to support water sports and other outdoor pursuits.

Ciel Tower design and features

The design of the Ciel Tower is deeply rooted in the principle of vertical living, aimed at providing 360o vistas of landmarks including Palm Jumeirah, Blue Waters Island, Dubai Harbour and the Arabian Gulf.

The design features two glass towers joined by a shared platform and roof, forming a cylindrical silhouette with a large window at the centre.

The tower features a complex, cold bent facade system equipped with automated louvres that permit the circulation of outside air into the garden areas, enabling visitors to enjoy the incoming sea breeze during the cooler months.

The facade’s design posed a significant challenge in adhering to the UAE Fire and Life Safety Code. To overcome this, the curtain wall elevations will incorporate a fire containment system, ensuring continuous fire-stopping between the floor slab edge and spandrel panel on each level, alongside protection for the spandrel zone.

Innovative aspects of the building include an observation deck on the 81st floor and a rooftop infinity pool and bar on the 67th floor.

The interior will showcase a 300m tall atrium with vertically stacked, landscaped terraces featuring trees and green walls that provide a communal space for interaction and leisure. Simulations generated through computational fluid dynamics were used to understand the ideal conditions for plant and natural vegetation growth in the atrium.

Amenities and facilities

The Ciel Tower will have a range of amenities including 24-hour reception, a business lounge, fine dining options, casual eateries and a poolside restaurant.

Additional facilities include a bar, a nightclub, and a spa. Guests will have access to a fitness centre, a business centre, and concierge services. The hotel will also boast a rooftop pool and a helipad.

Awards and recognitions

In 2019, Ciel was honoured with accolades for Best International Hotel Architecture, Best Hotel Architecture Arabia and Best High-rise Architecture Arabia at the International Property Awards.

The project also garnered top honours in four categories at the 2019-2020 Dubai, Africa & Arabia Property Awards: Hotel Architecture, New Hotel Construction and Design, Commercial High-rise Development and Residential High-rise Architecture.

Contractors involved

Ciel Tower is designed by NORR Group, an architecture and engineering company based in the UK.

China Railway 18th Bureau, a construction company based in China, was contracted to construct the tower.

Dextra Group supplied 180,000 Bartec couplers for structural connections.

Siderise Group, an acoustic, fire and thermal solutions provider, is supplying fire and thermal insulation solutions including Siderise CW-FS120 Curtain Wall Firestops that can provide two-hour fire resistance.

WADG Consultants, an acoustic consultancy, offers a comprehensive design service covering telecommunications, security, and entertainment systems, ensuring a seamless integration of technology and comfort throughout the tower. It has been involved from the initial design phase to construction supervision, including in the provision of detailed product information, specifications, and tender documentation.

Specwall, an advanced walling systems supplier, was contracted to supply its wall system for the tower.

AESG, a specialist consultancy, was appointed in 2018 as the facade and Building Maintenance Units engineer. The scope of work included facade engineering, the creation of detailed parametric models and tender documentation.

TK Elevator, an elevator and escalator company, is supplying 15 high-speed elevators for the Ciel Tower.

Al Sarh Technical Services, a concrete scan, cutting and core drilling works provider, is also involved in the project.