Local property developer Nakheel and The Trump Organisation of the US have released details of the redesign of Trump International Hotel & Tower on Palm Jumeirah. Dubai-based Emirates has also undertaken a major redesign of its flagship hotel project on Sheikh Zayed road.

Unlike the earlier tulip-shaped scheme, the new hotel design for the Trump project will be more angular in form and will form an archway straddling the monorail and canal that will run along the island’s trunk. The tower will be a 48 storey mixed-use development comprising a 300-room condominium hotel and 360 freehold residential apartments. The property will also feature an observatory viewing gallery and a number of five-star restaurants located at the apex of the building. A number of skygardens will be positioned throughout the property to provide additional viewing points.

Two Japanese firms Taisei Corporation and Shimizu Corporation have been in negotiations with Nakheel for the main construction package. The UK’s Atkins prepared the redesigns (MEED 3:3:06).

Emirates has also redesigned its proposed hotel project on Sheikh Zayed road next to its Dnata and Emirates Holidays buildings. Sitting at the entrance to Business Bay, the project now involves the construction of two 77-storey towers reaching a height of 395 metres. The hotel will have 900 guest rooms and 300 serviced apartments. Originally designed as a single tower, the project was reconfigured to cover a plot of 20,000 square metres after plans for the route of Business Bay’s creek extension were altered. The consultant is the local Arch Group (MEED 6:5:05).