By CRYSTAL GOH
Situated 150 kilometers to the east of Dubai, the newly planned capital city of Ras Al Khaimah will soon see construction begin on the Gateway Project, a large-scale mixed-use development at the entrance of the city that will serve as the landmark gateway to the emirate.
Inspired by the region’s mountainous desert landscape, the project’s design was conceptualized by Snøhetta architects. The Norwegian architectural firm is responsible for other prominent designs in the United Arab Emirates, such as the King Abdulaziz Center for Knowledge and Culture in Abu Dhabi.
Sprawled over an expansive 450,000 square meters, 270,000 square meters of the development will be built areas, with the remainder being left for shaded gardens and landscaping. The project will feature a conference center, exhibition center and retail space, with a dramatic 200m tall tower marking the main gateway plaza.
This tower will be the site of a five star hotel that will provide visitors with panoramic views of the surrounding desert landscape.