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Sowwah Square is a flagship 450,000 sqm office, retail and hotel development designed to form the commercial core of Al Maryah Island (formerly Sowwah Island). Launched in summer 2007 and with its first phases due for completion and occupation by mid 2011, Sowwah Square's four office towers and five star hotels flank the capital's new Abu Dhabi Securities Exchange (ADX) building, in a striking waterfront grouping that creates a strong business and hospitality hub for the island and sets new standards in premium real estate development, leasing and management.
Four 30 to 36 storey Grade A landmark towers provide 180,000 sqm of flexible, efficient and highly specified office space and approximately 37,000 sqm of retail and F&B space beneath the central square. Two five star luxury and business international hotels, Rosewood Abu Dhabi and Four Seasons Hotel Abu Dhabi at Al Maryah Island, overlook the water on either side of the distinctive new headquarters building of the ADX.
A working population of more than 12,000 in the towers will bring the area to life in the open spaces and waterfront promenades of the square's landscaped public realm, designed by US artist and landscape architect, Martha Schwartz. By night, the multi-layered transport network will connect the square's retail and entertainment outlets to the city in its entirety.
The presence of such a high profile anchor tenant as the ADX is an indication of how important Sowwah Square is to blue-chip institutions. The quality, sustainability and functionality guidelines drawn up by owner Mubadala Real Estate & Infrastructure (MREI) have created a development that has already attracted a wide range of international operator brands.