Dubai projects, Dubai, UAE, UNStudio, The Island, Mixed-use projects

Construction begins on UNStudio-designed island in Dubai

Dubai-based construction firm Brewer Smith Brewer Group (BSBG) revealed that marine and enabling works has commenced on Wasl Hospitality and Leisure’s The Island project in Dubai, which will feature Las Vegas hotel brands such as MGM, Bellagio and Aria.

In a statement on its website, BSBG said it was delivering lead consultancy, executive architecture, structural engineering and construction supervision services for The Island, which was designed by Dutch architects UNStudio.

Located on a 10.5ha island off the coast of Umm Suqeim in Dubai, The Island will feature 1,400 hotel rooms, suites and apartments, in addition to retail, food and beverage, and anchored entertainment options, BSBG said.

According to Construction Week, the project was announced by Wasl in March 2017, when its early concept was presented to HH Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE, and Ruler of Dubai.

Commenting on the project in the statement, BSBG partner, Kevin Harper, said, “The Island is highly complex, and hugely challenging from a design coordination perspective.

“However, our teams working on the project are technically excellent and incredibly driven to produce the level of work a development of this stature calls for.

“We are honoured to be working alongside Wasl, Mirage, and MGM, as well as a select group of sub-consultants and specialists, on delivering this iconic project for Dubai.”