One Za’abeel by Nikken Sekkei

One Za’abeel is a large-scale mixed-use development standing at the entrance to central Dubai, the world’s leading financial hub. Offices, hotels, residences, and commercial spaces are seamlessly integrated, promising the people of Dubai a compelling and elevated lifestyle experience.

Its two towers each stand on plots separated by a highway, connected 100 meters above ground by THE LINK. The linear and asymmetrical silhouette embodies timeless elegance, and their shining glass exteriors are carefully selected to help manage the indoor environment.

Photo Courtesy of One Za’abeel

The development houses ultra-luxury hotel brand One&Only’s first vertical resort experience One&Only One Za’abeel, alongside 94 One&Only Private Homes, a fitness & recovery-themed lifestyle hotel SIRO, as well as 8 Michelin-starred restaurants and a rooftop infinity pool atop THE LINK.

A Fresh Dubai Skyline
One Za’abeel stands at the gateway from the Dubai International Airport to the city center, the entrance to the arterial Sheikh Zayed Road. Along this street, the Burj Khalifa, the Emirates Towers, and other iconic works of architecture have already marked their prominence.

Photo © Koji Horiuchi

Amid these buildings, One Za’abeel, with its simple Japanese design, projects a bold, yet graceful silhouette, distinguishing itself as a novel symbol that shapes Dubai’s skyline.

Bridging the Divide: Two Plots Bisected by a Highway
The development area is bifurcated by a highway. The podium, which accommodates commercial outlets and hotel meeting spaces and ballrooms, envelops both plots with its curvilinear design. In addition, the space below the elevated highway is transformed into a plaza, making the entire development feel interconnected.

Photo Courtesy of One Za’abeel

The two towers, One Za’abeel Tower and One Za’abeel The Residences, stand on their respective plots, and THE LINK facilitates their functional integration. The cantilevered building and its rooftop not only offer panoramic views, but also amplify the iconic stature of the project’s design.

Structural Plan of the Two Towers and THE LINK
In the tower section, a steel-and-concrete composite structure minimizes column dimensions and optimizes floor space. To support THE LINK, high-strength steel diagonals are integrated within the tower’s connecting concrete walls, bolstering their strength.

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THE LINK adopts a robust outer tubular structure; major steel components are organized in a diagrid pattern across four faces, curbing torsion and deformation, and enabling a vast, column-free interior. THE LINK also augments structural safety through its connecting function with the two towers on either side. It plays a pivotal role in counteracting the challenges of wind-induced sway in tall buildings.

Lead Consultant and Leadership
Nikken Sekkei undertook the role of Lead Consultant for this venture. In the site supervision phase, the company guided the intricate design and construction processes, liaising with a vast network of over 60 companies from nearly 20 countries. This involved over 1,000 construction-related personnel.

Photo © Koji Horiuchi

Brief Summary
In the heart of Dubai, the world’s leading financial hub, a new landmark has taken shape. Built on two plots separated by a highway, the project’s two towers are connected 100 meters above ground by THE LINK, a 230-meter-long horizontal structure. The modern and dynamic “symbolic gate” development is one of the first major real estate projects to greet visitors as they travel to the city center from Dubai International Airport.

The combination of asymmetry and linear design elements creates a unique tension in the silhouette, culminating in a timeless and elegant design. The large-scale development offers a range of sophisticated lifestyle experiences with premium A-grade offices, two luxury hotels, residences, restaurants, bars, and commercial facilities. As the Lead Consultant, Nikken Sekkei has had purview over the entire design and site supervision process. Source by Nikken Sekkei.

Photo © Koji Horiuchi

Location: Dubai, United Arab Emirates


Client (Japanese): Investment Corporation of Dubai (ICD)

Client (English): Investment Corporation of Dubai (ICD)


Site area: 31,100 m2

Total floor area: 530,700 m2

Floors: One Za’abeel Tower: 67 above-ground floors

One Za’abeel The Residences: 58 above-ground floors

THE LINK: Three floors

Podium: Four above-ground floors, seven basement levels

Date of completion: 2023

Photographs: Koji Horiuchi, Courtesy of One Za’abeel, Nikken Sekkei Ltd

Photo © Koji Horiuchi

Photo Courtesy of One Za’abeel

Photo © Koji Horiuchi

Photo © Koji Horiuchi

Photo © Nikken Sekkei Ltd

Photo © Nikken Sekkei Ltd

Site Plan



Function layout

Overall composition

Building Program

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