Dubai megaprojects: taller tower of One Zaabeel reaches highest point

Tower A of the striking development beside Dubai's Trade Centre topped out

The higher tower of Dubai's next megaproject has been topped out.

Tower A of One Zaabeel – located beside Dubai's Trade Centre – has reached its highest structural point, developer Ithra said on Monday.

Topping out is a term used in construction that refers to when the last beam has been placed on top of a structure.

One Zaabeel consists of two towers connected by what's known as "The Link", which will host restaurants and an observation deck.

This latest addition to Dubai's glittering skyline has now moved a step closer to completion.

"One Zaabeel is a true reflection of Dubai’s spirit as it echoes the city’s message of unbridled ambition, innovative luxury and creative architecture," Issam Galadari, chief executive of Ithra Dubai, said.

"The iconic development today reached a pinnacle in construction with the top out of Towers A and B, bestowing a new wonder of architectural design, ultra-luxurious offerings and innovative construction onto the world map."

Tower A is 304 metres high and will house mainly offices and a resort, while the 241m Tower B consists of residential units over 57 storeys. Tower B was topped out earlier.

When complete, The Link will offer spectacular views of the Dubai skyline. Courtesy: Ithra Dubai

The Link – essentially a bridge between the two towers – was lifted into place last year and is about 100 metres above the ground.

It is expected that cladding and exterior works will finish on the development by the end of the year and attention will then turn to the interior.

The development also includes a One&Only resort. It was not revealed when One Zaabeel would open.

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