The project calls for the construction of a 230-metre tower with 44 storeys, three basements and a capped dome. A feature of the 45-metre-diameter building, which will be cylindrical in shape, will be a 112-metre-high atrium.

Other bidders for the contract included: a joint venture of Belgium’s Six Constructand the local Midmac Contracting; Austria’s Strabag; and Athens-based Consolidated Contractors International Company (CCC), with Cyprus-based Joannou & Paraskevaides (J&P – Overseas).

The architect is Paris-based Ateliers Jean Nouvel; the engineering consultant is Beirut-based Dar al-Handasah (Shair & Partners). The client is a private investor (MEED 6:8:04).