Abu Dhabi, UAE

Sowwah Square Hotel, Rosewood Abu Dhabi, Al Sowwah Island


The swanky Rosewood Abu Dhabi was the first hotel to open on Al Maryah Island, which is an expansive mixed-use development anticipated to be the capital’s new business district. Inspired by the Arabic textiles, the architect envisioned a textured fenestration pattern that filters daylight into the interior spaces for the tower. Visually distinguishing the tower from the lower podium, the cladding on the lower levels features a combination of stone and glass.

The hotel is a forty-story, 1.1 million sq ft structure. The project includes one level of below-grade parking and several podium levels containing approximately ten restaurants, a gym, a spa, meeting rooms, and a pool deck. The tower, located on the third podium level houses the hotel rooms and apartments. SGH was hired by Handel Architects to provide building enclosure consultation services for:

  • Below-grade waterproofing
  • Waterproofing for the interior restaurant, locker room, spa, and bathroom
  • Waterproofing for the podium levels, pool deck, terrace, and balconies
  • Numerous roofing assemblies

For the project design phase, we reviewed drawings and specifications, participated in coordination meetings, and researched local products and installation methods related to the building enclosure.

SGH also provided construction administration services that included attendance at preconstruction and coordination workshops, submittal and shop drawing reviews, observations of mockups, and periodic site visits to review the work in progress.

Project Summary



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Project Size


New Construction
Building Enclosures
Handel Architects LLP
Specialized Capabilities
Roofing & Waterproofing

Key team members

Amy Hackney
Amy Hackney
Building Technology Region Head, West