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Ras Al Khaimah Gateway

The Gateway Project – Ras Al Khaimah
Design: Snøhetta, Norway

Ras Al Khaimah Gateway
Ras Al Khaimah tower image : MIR

Ras Al Khaimah Development

Snøhetta was commissioned by the Ras Al Khaimah investment Authority and RAKEEN in 2008 to undertake the architectural design for the Gateway project in the emirate of Ras Al Khaimah. Situated in the desert 150 km to the east of Dubai this landmark project wwas designed to mark the gateway to the emirate and form the entrance to the new planned capital city of Ras Al Khaimah.

Ras Al Khaimah Gateway
RAK tower image : MIR

The urban master plan for the city was undertaken by the Netherlands-based architectural practice OMA. The Gateway project is situated at the entrance to the city and will form a landmark for the city entrance.

UAE Tower building design by Snøhetta architects Norway
image : MIR

The architectural expression for the proposal is inspired by the surrounding desert and mountain landscape. This concept provides for an infinite variety of naturally shaded, intimate and protected spaces, around which the multiple uses associated with the development are woven. The undulating architectural landscape is resolved in a dramatic landmark tower marking the main gateway plaza. This 200 m high tower will be the setting for a 5 star plus hotel affording panoramic views across the emirate, to the gulf and mountains beyond.

UAE Tower Development design by Snøhetta architects
image : MIR

The programme calls for a mixed-use development comprising a conference centre, exhibition centre, hotels and retail space. In total it is expected to be 270 000m2 of build area. In addition there will be substantial areas of associated garden and landscape. Externally the building will be clad in ceramic panels, this will be developed together with Ras Al Khaimah ceramics, one of the world leading producers of ceramic products.

It was anticipated that construction work would commence in 2008 but the economic downturn that spread across the globe in 2008 changed this.

Ras Al Khaimah Gateway
image : MIR

Ras Al Khaimah Gateway Project – Building Information

Location: Ras Al Khaimah, UAE
Project: The gateway project, conference centre, exhibition centre and hotels
Client: Ras al Khaimah Investment Authority and RAKEEN
Size: 270,000 sqm
Schedule: Construction start, autumn 2008
Scope: Schematic design

Ras Al Khaimah Gateway Project images / information from Snøhetta 8 Aug 2008



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