Dubai: Construction of the Dh1.8 billion Emirates Park Towers project, a 1,612 room twin-tower hotel and apartment property, remains firmly on track, Emirates Group said in a press release on Tuesday.

To celebrate the continued progress of the construction programme, the development team hosted a ‘topping out' ceremony to mark the casting of the final rooftop concrete.

Emirates Airline and Group will be ready to hand over the South Tower to Marriott International, the prominent multi-brand hotel management company, as scheduled in May 2011. The adjoining North Tower will be handed over in 2013.

Upon completion, the twin towers will stand 365 metres tall. The hotel complex has been designed by Archgroup International which has previously worked with Emirates airline on other projects.

Iconic addition

Ali Mubarak Al Souri, executive vice-president, Chairman's Office, Facilities/Projects Management and P&L (NA) at Emirates, said: "Emirates Park Towers will be an iconic and dramatic addition to the ever-changing skyline of this exciting city."

He added: "The construction process has followed the very highest [of] international standards and specifications. Despite the challenges the real estate sector faces following the recent global financial crisis, there will always be a demand for the very best quality space, in the best buildings in the best locations."

Being built on Shaikh Zayed Road adjacent to Dubai's Business Bay district and close to the Burj Khalifa, Emirates Park Towers is set to become one of the leading luxury business and tourist hotels in Dubai.

The new hotel will include 18 food and beverage outlets, a business centre, conference halls and meeting rooms, an extensive banquet hall, a 3,700 square metre spa and health club — one of the largest in the region — as well as retail outlets, a swimming pool and a gymnasium.