Lord Rogers Abu Dhabi project appoints contractor

The first project in the region by Pritzker Prize winning architect Lord Richard Rogers – dubbed “The Manhattan of the Middle East” – now has a contractor.

Abu Dhabi based construction firm, Al Fara’a Group will now work on the mixed-use Maryah Plaza project, located on the island of the same name, which is anchored four residential towers.

Lord Rogers is known for celebrated projects across the world, including London’s One Hyde Park and the Centre Pompidou in Paris.

Al Fara’a Group, which employs approximately 18,000 staff across the UAE, Saudi Arabia and Qatar, has worked on projects across Abu Dhabi, the Awqaf building in Khalidiya, Mushrif Mall, Abraj Al Raha Development, Al Hilal Bank Headquarters on Al Maryah Island and the new Siemens headquarters at Masdar City.

Interiors company Far Glory Middle East has now re-shaped the original interior layout to meet the market demand for more ultra-prime one and two bedroom apartments on the island.

With final designs now in place, work is underway at the site. The mixed-use development is expected to become the heart of Al Maryah Island as Abu Dhabi’s planners continue towards their vision to make it the “Manhattan of the Middle East”.

Jack Hu, managing director of Farglory Middle East said: “Today, we are a major step closer to bringing the quintessential living to the heart of Al Maryah Island, which is set to become such an important part of the future of Abu Dhabi.”

Developers Mubadala are behind the overall project to create a new urban centre in the capital of the UAE. The company said: “Al Maryah Island is an integrated, 114-hectare mixed-use development at the centre of Abu Dhabi. Designed with functionality, sustainability and quality as the guiding principles, the Island has been designated as the capital’s first Financial Free Zone and is the city’s international financial centre.

“Selected for its strategic location and proximity to the emirate’s existing business, cultural and residential districts, when complete Al Maryah Island will feature diverse amenities including a state-of-the-art hospital, parks, galleries, hotels, shops and a wide variety of restaurants and cafes.”