Construction works on One Za’abeel Tower, a two skyscraper building in Dubai with the world’s longest cantilever is over 30% complete.
The two skyscrapers, Tower A and Tower B stand at 300m and 235m respectively over a total built-up area of 470,700 square meters and they are joined by a 228-meter steel bridge that will constitute a tower in itself.
According to the project state-owned developer Ithra Dubai, the bridge, also known as the “The Link”, will be the longest cantilever in the world.
The 9,000-ton structure is being assembled in seven sections along a bespoke horizontal slide at podium level 25m above ground, before being jacked into position at a height of approximately 100m and secured to the towers. A section of more than 60m of the entire bridge will extend beyond the towers into the open sky.
Hitherto four of the seven sections have been put in place and the rest are planned to be fixed before the end of the current year. When complete, the Link will provide breath-taking 360-degree views of the city, and shall hold a number of restaurants and bars, an observation deck, gym, spa, pool, banquet hall, and a rooftop terrace.
Located near Dubai World Trade Centre on Sheikh Zayed Road, One Za’abeel Tower was designed by Japanese firm Nikken Sekkei and it is scheduled for completion by the fourth quarter of next year.
Upon completion, the US $1bn project will have 37,000 square meters of office space, 263 residential units, 12,000 square meters of retail space, 497 hotel rooms and 77 high-speed lifts.