Located in a landscaped park measuring 100 hectares, Emirates Palace is an architectural wonder and an international landmark in Abu Dhabi, UAE. This enormous complex, which is now used as a luxury hotel, is over 14,000m2 in size and incorporates 114 domes that demonstrate traditional Arabian elements, all built by PCT.
The Grand Atrium dome, the largest dome, is 42m wide with a surface finish of silver and gold coloured glass mosaic tiles; a gold finial adorns its apex.
The gazebo and main auditorium both have domes measuring 17m in diameter; the smaller domes range from 7m to 12m in diameter, with the smallest dome measuring 2.9m.
All domes are finished in mosaic tiles, complementing the entire building, whose colours reflect the different shades of sand found in the Arabian Desert.
The domes are built as self-supportive structures out of an advanced composite sandwich of glass fibre and epoxy resin with thermoplastic honeycomb core. This ensures the dome is durable and most importantly lightweight – composite domes offer weight savings of up to 85% of concrete alternatives.
The shells of the composite domes for the Emirates Palace were pre-assembled at ground level into large segments that were then lifted into place.
With the exception of the main dome, the gazebo and the triumphal arch all domes and vaulted roofs are self-supportive without steel structure. The domes are installed on steel or RC ring beams with footing plates and brackets.