A grand Topping Out ceremony held testimony to a major milestone achieved by Rihan Heights Rihan Heights stands tall and proud as one of the few construction projects that have kept pace not only with Abu Dhabi’s rapid emergence as one of the best cosmopolitan cities in the world, but with its own promise to deliver the best in luxury living to buyers by the middle of 2011.
Forming the first phase of Arzanah, Capitala’s flagship fully integrated, mixed use development project, Rihan Heights is situated on the northeastern corner of Arzanah. Built over 38,000 square metres of prime land, it houses five luxurious residential towers with 854 apartments and 14 stunning villas on the site’s perimeter. The towers, which are surrounded by lush gardens, offer a range of recreational amenities, including a children’s playground, gym and fitness suite, clubhouse and state-of-the-art security and management systems. It is in this context that the Topping Out ceremony of Rihan Heights on November 13 held such great significance. Everyone, from contractors and suppliers to buyers and important dignitaries – the who’s who of the construction industry – were on hand to attend the ceremony on the roof of Tower A, the tallest of the five towers on the site.
The ceremony took place with HE Khaldoon Khalifa Al Mubarak, CEO and Managing Director, Mubadala, and Liew Mun Leong, President and CEO, CapitaLand, sinking their spades into the fresh cement as guests and the media bore witness to the momentous occasion. Speaking on the occasion, Carlos Obeid, Chairman of Capitala, said: “We are very proud of this achievement of Rihan Heights. Arzanah forms an important part of the Capital 2030 urban plan to create quality residential and working environments to sustain the long-term growth of Abu Dhabi. We look forward to welcoming our residents next year; Capitala will also continue to focus on safety at our site and remains a committed member of BUILDSAFEUAE.” He added: “Arzanah will offer the people of Abu Dhabi an active urban lifestyle and we are looking forward to this new residential environment becoming an integral part of the community next year.” Explaining the significance of the ceremony further was Heang Fine Wong, Chief Executive Officer, Capitala: “Topping Out has the same significance as the Ground Breaking ceremony. While the Ground Breaking marks the beginning of the project, Topping Out signals the culmination of the bulk of the work on the site. The occasion is used to convey the fact that the final product is nearing its delivery stage.”
The ascent from ground level up to the rooftop, 32 levels from the foundation, highlighted Capitala’s vision, its milestone achievement and the 22-months of hard work that went into completing the project that offers picturesque views of the Abu Dhabi skyline, the waterfront and the spectacular Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque. The coming up of Rihan Heights also marks a milestone in the growth of Arzanah. Designed by some of the finest architects and planners, Arzanah, located in the Grand Mosque district of Abu Dhabi, offers quality residential, leisure and retail environments. The development will feature walking and biking paths alongside waterways and the beachfront. An internationally recognized school will provide high-quality accredited education.
Sports and leisure facilities include the landmark Zayed Sports City Stadium, the Abu Dhabi International Tennis Complex, the Khalifa International Bowling Centre and the Abu Dhabi Ice Rink. It will also have prime medical facilities at the Arzanah Medical Complex, housing the Woodirul Spine Centre, the Abu Dhabi Knee and Sports Medicine Centre and a state-of-the-art wellness and diagnostic centre developed by Mubadala in partnership with the AsiaMedic Group.