Dubai-headquartered developer The First Group is making rapid progress in the development of the world’s tallest hotel, Ciel, which is set to open in Dubai Marina in 2023.

The foundations for the future icon, which is being developed in partnership with China Railway Construction Corporation (CRCC), is nearing completion, in a move that proves Dubai’s construction and hospitality sectors are firmly on track, despite the significant challenges posed by the global COVID-19 pandemic.

More than 11,800 cubic metres of concrete and in excess of 3,000 tonnes of steel are being used to construct the building’s foundations, highlighting the sheer scale of the project.

“We are proud to mark this important milestone in the development of Ciel, which is set to become one of Dubai’s most iconic buildings and a landmark hotel of global significance,” said Rob Burns, CEO of The First Group.

Designed by award-winning architectural firm NORR, the 365-metre tall skyscraper will house 1,042 guestrooms including 150 suites, premium guest amenities and facilities, such as the Ciel Observatory & Lounge on the 81st floor and a signature rooftop Sky Terrace featuring a stunning infinity pool, bar and observation deck affording sweeping panoramic views of Dubai’s world-famous skyline, the Palm Jumeirah and Arabian Gulf.

A signature specialty restaurant befitting Ciel’s luxury status will spearhead the hotel’s F&B options, which will also include an all-day dining venue, Sunset Lounge (75th floor) and Horizon Bar (77th floor). A luxury spa and health club will be located on the building’s 55th floor, offering a remarkable location for guests to unwind, relax or workout while soaking in the incredible ocean-front views.

Abstractly sculpted in metal and glass, the Ciel’s gently curving exterior represents an inspired response to high-rise living.

In a city known for its architectural feats, the property will be a unique addition to the Dubai skyline – a triumph for design that elegantly combines scientific analysis, sculptural form and landscaped terraces.

Confirming its global significance, Ciel has already earned a number of prestigious industry accolades including 2019 International Property Awards (IPAs) for Best International Hotel Architecture, Best Hotel Architecture Arabia and Best Residential High-rise Architecture Arabia.