|The Marina Crown will rise to 207
meters with 53 floors (including 51
residential). It adds one more luxurious
property to the row of towers lining Al
Sufouh Road. It stands between the very
exclusive Le Reve and the plot of the yet to
break ground Ocean Heights tower. It will
offer a range of apartment sizes from 1
bedroom to 5 along with penthouses, and
according to the literature
"villas." In addition to the usual
fitness center, pools and 24-hour security,
the tower will house shops and restaurants.
Notably, in a move to be especially
family-friendly it will offer nanny service
in apartments along with housekeeping and a
day care center--for a fee it may be
presumed. In the words of one advert,
services include "24-hour
Construction on the tower began in March 2004
with completion perhaps by mid-2006. The
tower has already topped out with its outer
cladding being steadily applied. It has a
particularly attractive facade in a soft tan
shade with generous white trimming. It
features columns in relief and other surface
gradations. Its facade resembles that which
might be found in a colonial-style hotel.
photos by AltinD, 26 Dec 05
Marina Crown's floor plans are particularly interesting.
Each floor consists of only one or two bedroom types, for
example 1 & 2-bedroom units on one floor, only 4-bedroom
units on another, and so on. The units spread out
symetrically from the elevator lobby which forms a square at
the center of the building. The result is that each unit,
whether twelve to a floor as in the case of the 1 and
2-bedroom arrangement or two as in the case of the penthouse
suites, appears to be centrally positioned, with all
entrances generally at equal distance from the
elevators--there is practically no corridor to navigate even
with 12 units distributed on one floor.
Not all units offer balconies, while many provide maid's
quarters. The 2-bedroom unit above is attractively laid out
with 2 balconies.
- Construction Start/Finish: early 2004,
- Height & No. of Floors: 207 meters (with/without
crown?), 53 floors
- No. & Type of Units: 1-bed (769 sq.ft.-886
sq.ft.), 2-bed (1431 sq.ft.-1772 sq.ft.), 3-bed
(2180 sq.ft.), 4-bed (3019 sq.ft.-4619 sq.ft.),
5-bed (5616 sq.ft.-6079 sq.ft.) and villas (1772
- Purchase Prices (USD): 1-bed (106,800+),
2-bed (197,200+), 3-bed (403,250+); 4-bed
(620,720+); prices vary greatly by floor.
- Maintenance Fees ( AED/sqft):
- Location: plot #392/189
- Highlights: Wide-variety of room plans,
family-friendly, attractive floor layouts,
attractive facade and design, includes shops &
restaurants, has lost its crown!
residential tower in the world--will it be the Princess
Tower or 23 Marina? It seems that Princess Tower's
developers had the jump start on announcing their project
(as early as Nov. 2004) but construction work seems to be
moving along more quickly in 23 Marina which was initially
announced in March 2005. With a 2008 projected completion
date this tower should be able to hold on to the title for
up to a year.
The 90-story tower should be noteworthy not only for its
height but also for its features. They include a 6-story
high lobby and up to 48 duplex apartments positioned on the
upper 26 floors of the tower. Each duplex will have a
private elevator to service its two levels and a small
plunge pool on the balcony. (Duplex
lower level--click image to enlarge.)
Other facilities will include health club, spas,
indoor/outdoor pools, jogging track, business center,
24-hour concierge, 24-hour conveninece store, valet parking,
etc. Lower floor units in the tower will have either 2 or 3
bedrooms, and all units will have quarters for a live-in
housekeeper. The tower is clearly targeting an upscale
clientele with numerous amenities and prices to match. The
two-bedroom units start at Dhs 1.5 million.--03
| Lobby with 6-story
- Building/Project Title: 23 Marina
- Construction Start/Finish: 9-2005/2008
- Height & No. of Floors: 380+ meters, 90 floors
- No. & Type of Units: 2 & 3-bedroom (no.??)
& 4 bedroom duplexes (48)
- Purchase Prices & Maintenance Fees (AED): 2-bed
at 1,707sqft (1,536,849+), 3-bed at 2,189sqft
(1,970,345), 4-bed at 5,451sqft (5,723,839); Mtnce.
Fees (10 aed/sq ft)
- Location: District A23D
- Highlights: 6-story lobby; housekeeper's room;
private elevator, plunge pool & jacuzzi in
In most apartment buildings, the most sumptuous sits at
the top Ė the penthouse. Le RÍve is all penthouses!
Aimed at the wealthy who want privacy and discretion
along with the best in home luxury, the building
contains quarters for staff and drivers at the bottom,
enabling owners to enjoy a lifestyle normally reserved
for exclusive hotels. See
The quote is from an online publication geared toward
youthful readers, but its language does well to convey the
extraordinary nature of this Marina project. The Le RÍve
tower's understated exterior seems to almost deliberately
belie its extravagent features. The developer's website
expands on this theme:
All residents of Le RÍve benefit from secure private
valet parking (with separate living accommodation for
chauffeurs on parking floors), access to the
temperature-controlled rooftop pool and landscaped
gardens, a fully-equipped gymnasium and 24-hour
Translated into English, the French Le RÍve
. The tower rises 210 meters with 82 apartment
units spread over its 50 floors. It has already topped out
and completion is scheduled for February 2006. The design
incorporates two apartment types--one allowing for two units
per floor and the other requiring a whole floor to itself.
In essence every unit is
a penthouse. However,
noteworthy distinction may still be applied to the topmost
unit or super penthouse
--a duplex apartment of unique
design with not only 4 dedicated lifts, but also an interior
elevator to service its two floors. Highest prices are
reportedly in the range of US $7 million.
The incredible Royal
Classic penthouse. Additional plans at developer's site.
above the Dubai International Marine Centre,
The specs on this tower are amazing. When completed
one might expect a measurable influx of capital into the
Dubai Marina district, considering the amount of wealth
those who move in will need to have. (Eighty-two
millionaires in a single tower!) Not only will these
residences be expensive to purchase, but annual management
fees are sure to represent a substantial continuing
All the luxury aside, the tower's appearance is not so
specatacular. Its designer, London based consultancy W.S.
Atkins, the same firm noted for having designed the renown
Burj Al Arab, seems to have decided to avoid ostentation and
go with modest understatment. Many of the surrounding towers
will probably draw more attention although none will match
the Le RÍve in terms of exclusivity.
Seaview from Le RÍve,
photo taken by Andrew Lemon.
This tower makes claims of being the tallest residential
tower in the world. (Of course, this is a projected claim as
construction is only just getting underway.) The signboard
at the site indicates a height of 380 meters but there
appear to be other claims of over 400 meters. There are, as
well, conflicting reports about the number of floors. The
developer's site indicates 100. Interestingly, the 90th
floor of the tower (the highest floor perhaps if counting
residential floors only) is being called a villa
occupying the entire floor. Expected date of completion is
sometime in 2009. --30 Dec. 2005
The tower will be quite impressive if built to specs. The
developer indicates that in addition to a variety of
residential units, the tower will provide...
offices, sales outlets, car parking spaces, sports and
recreational clubs and hotel suites... (also) swimming
pools, a gymnasium, a childrenís day care nursery, a
sauna club, a prayers area... in addition to a
luxurious reception area.
The 90th floor Villa
penthouse. Additional plans at developer's site.
Prices (AED) starting from: 1-bed
of the most impressive tower designs for the Marina, this
tower will have 74 floors, rising up to 345 meters. It will
house 504 luxury apartments in 1, 2 and 3 bedroom
configurations, in addition to stunning duplex penthouses.
It is a very popular tower, if not somewhat controversial.
This seems due in part to the limited amount of activity
that has taken place at the construction site. Completion
date appears to be late 2008 or early 2009.
Some the tower's features will include:
ē Temperature controlled swimming pools
ē Sauna, steam room and spa
ē Shopping and dining facilities
--15 Dec. 2005
With Reference to MAG 218:
This tower will be "catty-cornered" to the MAG
218's SW (front-facing) side. If the tower is as attractive
as its renders show, it will provide a pleasant view for
some 218 tower residents. The shopping and dining facilities
it offers will also be convenient for MAG 218 residents.
The penthouse floors
55-71. Additional plans at developer's site.
floors and 260m in height this tower will be SE of the MAG
218 Tower on the Dubai Marina Ring Raod. (Separating the two
towers will be a planned Dubai Marina mall.) The tower will
offer as many as 748 apartments on 61 residential floors. At
present piling work is being carried out within an extremely
deep excavation pit. Completion is expected in 2007. Views
of the Marina may be spoiled to some extent by the 345 meter
Torch tower to be built just opposite. However, partial
views should be possible at an angle. --10
A 2-bedroom unit.
Additional plans at GoWealthy.com.
This tower is just opposite the MAG 218 Tower on the Dubai
Marina Ring Road. It is nearing completion--by mid-2006. It
has at present "topped-out" and stands some 208m
with 54 floors. It promises to offer spectacular views (from
one side) of the Dubai Marina waterway, built at water's
edge at the NE point of the marina.
Additional plans at developer's site.
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