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Waterproofing and Installing Ceramics and Marbles in Thre

Author: STC
Article Date: 01.07.2018

Three excellent hotels with unparalleled amenities grace Al Habtoor City in Dubai. World-famous international designers and architects have worked on the three 5-star hotels in the new neighborhood, representing famous hospitality brands that inspire confidence and symbolize luxury living and offering more than 1600 elegant rooms. All three hotels are designed and inspired by different époques and styles. The St. Regis Dubai is inspired by the legacy of New York’s gilded age and represents nobility and Beaux-Arts architecture. W Hotel is characterized by an avant-garde design. On the other hand, The Westin Dubai interiors feature stylised motifs inspired by Art Décor,  which combines modernist style with fine craftsmanship and rich materials. 
Owners and designers choose Mapei waterproofing systems for underground structures, bathrooms and damp areas due to the company’s reputation as supplier of quality products. Mapei solutions were also used for building screeds and installing ceramic tiles and marble slabs in several areas of the hotels. 
Besides, all the materials and systems supplied in the project feature low emission level of Volatile Organic Compounds and comply with the LEED requirements, which enable designers and contractors to create eco-sustainable projects.
For waterproofing 70,000m2 of substructure, the contractors used the synthetic membrane MAPEPLAN TU WL 30 with good mechanical and welding characteristics. For waterproofing structural joints, IDROSTOP PVC BI/BE was used, a highly flexible water stop made out of high quality thermo-plastic vinyl resins. 
MAPELASTIC SMART, a two-component, highly flexible cementitious mortar was chosen for waterproofing substrates on all types of damp environments due to its durability, high performance and easiness of application characteristics. It was applied on over 90,000 m2 in the three hotels. 
A Mapei system was used for substrate preparation on both horizontal and vertical surfaces, before installing ceramic tiles and natural stone. The company proposed TOPCEM, a special quick-drying, controlled shrinkage hydraulic binder.
Thanks to the complete range of adhesives and grouts, Mapei was chosen by the investor as supplier of systems for installing ceramic and marble coverings. As for grouting joints on both ceramic and marble coverings, MAPEI proposed KERACOLOR FF and ULTRACOLOR PLUS high-performance mortors.