KEO prepares for UAE project deliveries in 2012

The largest architecture firm in the Gulf region, KEO, is gearing up for a number of key project deliveries across the UAE in 2012.

The Kuwait-based company provided full design and supervision services for 23 Marina, pictured. Handover will be early 2012 on the 395m-high tower, now recognised as the tallest residential building in the world .

KEO has several schemes in Abu Dhabi that are due for handover in the coming year. The first of these is the gleaming Nation Towers project along the Corniche, a 306,000m2 mixed-use development with luxury hospitality, luxury retail, Class A offices and residential components.

The firm is working on a number of school projects for the Abu Dhabi Education Council (ADEC), and phase one is set to be completed in 2012.

It is also delivering the ‘West Marina’ development of the existing Emirates Palace, a $124m waterside project with chalets, sports and retail facilities and a high-end restaurant.

KEO is working on the visitors centre for Abu Dhabi’s huge Sheikh Zayed Mosque. The facility is entirely concealed beneath landscaped terraces enveloping the grand entry steps. Sunken courtyards provide access to a coffee shop, souvenir shop and reception hall.

Elsewhere in the Emirates, KEO will complete its work on the Ajman Coral Hotel,  a four-star coastal resort in the often overlooked emirate of Ajman.

KEO was recently deemed the largest architecture firm in the Gulf by Middle East Architect, with 2,190 staff and 240 architects. The multi-disciplinary practice has regional offices in Abu Dhabi, Dubai, Al Ain, Kuwait, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Bahrain and Oman.