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Omniyat’s The Opus nears completion

A little over a year since her death in March 2016, Dubai developer Omniyat Properties is preparing to unveil one of the final masterpieces designed by the Iraqi-born British architect, Dame Zaha Hadid.

Located in Business Bay, the aptly named ‘The Opus’ is in the final throws of construction and is set to open this summer. All evidence points to the building becoming an instant icon when it does.

The venue will be home to the region’s first ME by Meliá hotel, luxury residences, commercial office space, a number of food and beveredge outlets and a nightclub.

The handover of the offices is scheduled for this coming July while the handover of the hotel will follow in September 2018.

Construction of the complex building has been a long complicated process. Multiplex was appointed as design-build contractor to complete the building as far back as 2008. The initial completion date of 2012 was missed after the project was hit by the global financial crisis.

The $700m (AED2.5bn), 21-storey consists of a pair of asymmetrical towers joined together via a three-floor bridge which appears above the ‘void’ on the 16th-18th storeys.

Media and VIP guests were given a sneak peek of the venue on a hard had tour this week. The tour party experienced a showroom floor layout including renderings of how the finished venues and amenities will look.

Mahdi Amjad, Executive Chairman and CEO at Omniyat, said: “Our special guests have been given an exclusive preview of how this incredible project is progressing and provided with an insight into what the finished masterpiece will look like. The Opus, scheduled for completion this summer, will be the next iconic building in Dubai’s cityscape, instantly recognisable for the organic void at its heart, and we have the late Dame Zaha Hadid to thank for its truly unique design.

“The Opus will be aligned with Omniyat’s vision of treating each project as if it were a unique work of art, showcasing once more that we are the pioneers of producing inimitable luxury lifestyle experiences. Seeing the work today gives me confidence that the finished project will meet all the highest expectations of our partners, our residential and commercial tenants and our future hotel guests.”

The Opus is Omniyat’s second flagship unveil of 2017, following on from the luxury residences One Palm. Since its launch in 2005, the developer has amassed a portfolio worth over $6.2bn, largely focused around Dubai’s Business Bay and Downtown communities.

Omniyat has ambitious plans for the next five years with an impressive portfolio of residential and hospitality developments in the pipeline, including The Opus, The Pad, ANWA, Langham Place and The Sterling.

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