Laguna Bay

By Rashid Khreiss,

The Laguna Bay Project is a residential compound located in Abidjan’s Riviera Golf district.  The Project is designed by SAOTA and is currently being executed by M/S Arabian Construction Co. (ACC).  The development is centrally located, providing residents with ample convenience and a desirable living experience.  The project comprises of ultramodern villas and low-rise apartment buildings.


The compound offers a serene and relaxing environment, beautifully landscaped to create an oasis of tranquility.  It boasts a wide range of sports, recreational, and social facilities, ensuring that residents have ample opportunities for leisure and entertainment.  The project comprises various elements, including three types of villas designed to cater to diverse tastes and preferences, which includes:


  • Villa A: There are 5 units of Villa A, each featuring five bedrooms along with a garden and pool.
  • Villa B: The compound consists of 4 units of Villa B, which offer four bedrooms, a garden, and a pool.
  • Villa C: 6 units of Villa C are available, each featuring three bedrooms and a garden.


In addition to the villas, there are three types of apartment buildings within the compound, providing diverse housing options, which include:


  • Building type 1: The compound offers 8 units of Building type 1, comprising three and four-bedroom apartments with mezzanines and ground floor gardens.
  • Building type 2: There are 2 units of Building type 2, which feature three-bedroom apartments with mezzanines and ground floor gardens.
  • Building type 3: The compound includes 8 units of Building type 3, offering two and three-bedroom apartments with mezzanines and ground floor gardens.


Further, the compound includes several well-designed buildings and facilities. These include:


  • The Clubhouse: This building is divided into two zones, housing administrative offices and leisure facilities. The ground floor features a Lounge Bar and Pool, while the first floor houses a gym and related amenities.
  • Service Building: The Service Building encompasses technical rooms in the basement and a children’s playground on the ground floor.
  • Maintenance Building: The Maintenance Building consists of a basement with maintenance staff workshops and storage rooms, as well as offices on the ground floor.
  • Gate houses:  2 gate houses are positioned at the entrance to ensure proper security control and access.


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H&CO Building and Penthouse Project

By Rashid Khreiss,

The H&Co. Project is located in Douala, Cameron, designed by BAD “Built by Associative Data” and executed by Arabian Construction Company (ACC).


The Development is designed and aimed with an idea of refining the urban living in Douala, by incorporating a touch of luxury.  H&Co., once completed, will stand tall as an epitome of luxury, a prestigious residential tower, encompassing apartments, private penthouse with an area of 12,000 m2.


The residential tower offers a range of 30 apartments (single & family dwelling) consisting of Type A, B & C, with multitude of amenities that includes a kids’ pool, play area, gym, kitchen, barbeque area, private storages and about 66 Nos. underground parking.


The private penthouse spans 3 floors covering 218m2 and is considered as one of the most luxurious living spaces in Cameroon, meticulously designed to cater to Client’s perspectives and preferences.  The Penthouse features very high-end finishes, super spacious rooms, top-class security with a private entrance and breathtaking panoramic views.  The landscape surrounding Penthouse comprises several garden terraces and an infinity pool, providing an enchanting space for both entertainment and peaceful contemplation.


Key highlights of the building:


  • Prominently located in Douala, the capital of Cameroon
  • The project offers a variety of spacious areas to meet diverse needs and provide panoramic views.
  • The tower has been meticulously designed to ensure that every apartment benefits from the scenic views. The elevations boast a strong rhythmic design, featuring full-height windows. The clean and modern cubic massing of the building is adorned with a beige stone façade, complemented by contrasting bronze metal sheet cladding.
  • The selection of landscape elements has been inspired by the local region to maintain a cohesive aesthetics.

The building boasts comprehensive access control system to ensure high level of security for both the apartments and the penthouse.

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Abatta Village

By Rashid Khreiss,

Designed by Koffi & Diabaté Architectes, developed and currently being constructed by Arabian Construction Co. (ACC), this project extends over 3 hectares of greenery and is a mixed eco-district located on the shores of the Lagoon at Abidjan city, Côte d’Ivoire.


The development features a Residential Complex encompassing 226 apartments divided into 190 apartments ranging from Townhouse Duplex Apartments, 5 bedroom to 2 bedroom apartments (F5 & F2), 3 bedroom apartments (F3), and 4 Room Apartment (F4) to 5 Room Apartment (F5).  It also has commercial and leisure spaces including a pedestrian promenade with a marina and restaurant areas, a clubhouse with its restaurant and nursery, a gym and 3 sports fields, a swimming pool with a children’s pool, and retail gallery.  The development also has an office building.


Covered with more than 40% green spaces across the overall development, Abatta Village promotes sustainable living in an idealistic, natural environment incorporating ample use of natural light in its design ethos, which paves way for minimal power consumption.  The development has adopted an exceptional rainwater harvesting technique as part of its vision of incorporating sustainable construction methodologies.


The Project is divided into 5 Zones as follows:


Zone 1   EOLIA : 11 duplex townhouses, studios at the GF and 3 apartment buildings all linked through an esplanade

Zone 2   SOLIS : 9 duplex townhouses, studios at the GF and 2 apartment buildings, in addition to a 6 Story office building linked through an esplanade

Zone 3   LUMIA : 12 buildings which include 119 apartments distributed over 3 to 5 floors, in addition to commercial stores at the GF, basement parking and an esplanade area

Zone 4   OASIS : 16 duplex townhouses, studios at the GF and 4 apartment buildings linked though the esplanade

Zone 5   Facilities: clubhouse includes a gym, 3 sport courts, pool & restaurant, Lagoon Marina with pedestrian promenade and allocodrome restaurant, Mechanical Area

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Boulevard Point

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It has 297 one, two, and three-bedroom apartments overlooking Mohammed bin Rashid Boulevard. The amenities include world-class facilities such as swimming pools, a dedicated children’s area, a fully equipped gymnasium and a barbeque deck.

Boulevard Point residences feature stone countertops, pendant lights, and glass paneling to enhance each living space with a tasteful and modern aesthetics.

The tower sits on a multi-level podium which includes mixed-use retail spaces and food service outlets and is adjacent to the Dubai Mall.

Bouleavard Point is aiming for a minimum Silver LEED certification.

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The Address Sky View

By Subhi Kussad,

The 61-storey Tower One will contain serviced apartments, a spa and the “Sky Collection” – luxury apartments above the Bridge Deck. 56-storey Tower Two will contain a 167 key 5* hotel and serviced apartments.

The towers will be linked by a three-level Sky Bridge at floor 51, offering 360-degree vistas of Downtown Dubai and panoramic views of the Gulf. It includes an open leisure deck with pool; recreational, restaurant and bar facilities; a public viewing deck; a fully glazed cantilevered Skywalk accessed from Tower Two via dedicated panoramic shuttle elevators; and luxury duplex apartment units. Find out how the Sky Bridge was lifted into place.

The towers rise from a three-level mixed-use podium, constituting the hotel entrance and lobby; hotel restaurants; hotel ballroom; recreational facilities; outdoor pools and landscaped leisure areas; serviced apartment entrances and lobbies; and retail components. The development also has a three-level basement car park.The towers will be linked directly to the Dubai Metro and The Dubai Mall via an air-conditioned travelator.

See the ongoing construction of Sky View in our time-lapse video here.

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The development consists of two apartment types: half-floor units and full-floor units. The half-floor units have two bedrooms and are 5,000 square feet. The whole-floor units have five bedrooms and are 10,000 square feet.

Volante also includes a spa, gym, sauna, treatment rooms and steam room; a lounge area including a coffee bar, conference room and cinema; and an outdoor pool deck including an infinity pool, BBQ area and external spa treatment areas.

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Al Meena Tower

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Located on Mina Road over a plot area of 2,688 m², this modern development consists of two residential towers of 36 floors each. The accommodation is made up of two, three and four bedroom apartments. A swimming pool and health club is located on the roof top of the tower, providing a sanctuary away from the buzz of the capital below.

Beneath the residential floors are five basements (mainly parking and driveways),  a ground floor, and mezzanine levels dedicated to high-end retail outlets over three podium floors.

The contract also covers all external works and associated services and amenities.

The project will be certified under Estidama Pearl Building Rating System (Pearl I).

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Gate Towers

By Subhi Kussad,

Its most imposing structure is comprised of three 64-storey residential  towers providing pillar support for a sky bridge of penthouses. Balancing this monument is a 22-storey residential Arc structure. All buildings are joined by three basement levels, ground floor, and a five-storey podium containing townhouses, car parking and retail shops. The project is linked by a sky bridge to the BOUTIK mall.

Facilities within the project include several gymnasiums, squash courts, a movie theatre, recreational rooms and indoor children’s play rooms. The huge podium has 460,000sqft of sporting and leisure amenities including two public pools with 25 m lap lanes, a lazy river, children’s pools, shaded children’s play areas, running tracks, tennis and multipurpose courts, and garden lounge areas spread throughout.

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World Trade Centre Abu Dhabi

By Subhi Kussad,

Its construction is generally recognised as the largest building contract awarded in the Emirate of Abu Dhabi.

The award-winning 92-storey residential tower, The Burj Mohammed Bin Rashid,  is 382 m high and is the tallest building in Abu Dhabi.   It offers 474 apartments and penthouses, with some of the best sea and city views across Abu Dhabi.  It was named “6th Best new skyscraper in 2014” by Emporis and was the 2015 winner of the “Best Tall Building in the Middle East and Africa” by the Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat.

The office tower reaches 59 storeys with 72,000 m² of prime office space. Unique sky offices offer unparalleled panoramic views of the city. These are equipped with an innovative ventilated facade, especially coated to reflect infrared-solar radiation

The smallest tower,  at 16 storeys, houses the 4* Courtyard by Marriott hotel with 195 rooms.

The mall has 160 outlets spread over 60,000 m² and is home to a selection of international fashion brands, casual dining outlets, an 8 screen cinema and over 5000 m² of terraces and rooftop gardens.


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Etihad Towers

By Subhi Kussad,

This unique and prestigious mixed-use complex is made up of five towers ranging from 54 to 75 floors and covers an area of over 500,000 m².

Tower 1 (75 floors) serves as the Jumeirah at Etihad Towers hotel and serviced apartments, offering 382 rooms and suites, 199 luxurious serviced apartments and an array of beauty, fashion and relaxation amenities.

Towers 2 (60 floors), 4 (60 floors) and 5 (55 floors) are spectacular residential towers, offering 884 apartments and penthouses, ranging from 1-5 bedrooms.

Tower 3 (64 floors) operates as a prestigious office tower with a total area of 56,000 m² .

All apartments, hotel rooms and office spaces have stunning sea views, overlooking the Abu Dhabi coastline.

The towers also offer a luxury boutique shopping mall, an array of restaurants and a supermarket, all located on a three-floor podium.

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