It was first announced in 2017…

If your daily commute takes you along the Downtown stretch of Sheikh Zayed Road, you’ve likely noticed the rising skyscraper on the edge of City Walk. That aforementioned tower is called Wasl Tower, and is set to be a new addition to Dubai’s already impressive collection of skyscraping icons. Unique in its design, the twisting nature of the building means it will feature the region’s largest ceramic facade, according to developer, Wasl. When finished, it will soar to just over 300 metres in height.

According to an interview with The National, that’s set to be in 2024. Speaking to the title, Mohammed Al Hashimi, director of projects for Wasl, said that the offices, residential and hotel elements are “targeting the luxury tourism market, as well as mid-market tourists.”

In total, the 64-storey Wasl Tower will house ample office space, 229 residences and 257 hotel rooms, which will all belong to Dubai’s second Mandarin Oriental Hotel. As per current progress, structural work has been completed on 56 floors, and so far the facade has been added to some 13 floors. While the building is slated for completion in the second quarter of 2024, according to a spokesperson for Mandarin Oriental, the hotel is targeting the end of 2024 to welcome its first guests.

When the luxury brand unveiled their second Dubai hotel, a statement said that it would ‘feature 257 spacious and contemporary guestrooms, suites and serviced apartments, located on floors 16 to 38 of the tower.’ It was also confirmed that Mandarin Oriental would manage 144 Residences at Mandarin Oriental, located on the tower’s upper floors, set to become some of Dubai’s most luxurious city abodes.

Among the planned facilities for both residents and guests, we can look forward to a lively rooftop skybar, poolside bar and restaurant, lobby lounge and a Mandarin Oriental Cake Shop. A signature dining experience headed up by a famous face in the culinary world will complete the F&B offering.

A two-storey Spa at Mandarin Oriental will feature 12 private treatment rooms, an extensive fitness centre, vitality pools, heat and water therapies, and an outdoor swimming pool set within a landscaped garden terrace. Sounds blissful.

Mandarin Oriental Jumeira, Dubai

The city hotel will compliment the existing Mandarin Oriental Jumeira, Dubai, the brand’s debut Dubai property, which is perched on the Jumeirah beachfront.