Ithra Dubai completes The Link at One Za’abeel, ….

Ithra Dubai completes The Link at One Za’abeel, now attempts to break the world record for the “Longest Cantilevered Building”

  • The Link structure is 226 meters long, suspended 100 meters above ground level between One Za’abeel’s two towers.
  • One Za’abeel enters the race for the world’s “Longest Cantilevered Building”.

Dubai, October 27th, 2020: Ithra Dubai, a leading real estate developer fully owned by the Investment Corporation of Dubai, announced today the final lift of The Link and its successful completion. The Link qualifies One Za’abeel to attempt to break the GUINNESS WORLD RECORDS™ title for the “Longest Cantilevered Building” in the world. 

Distinguished members of the press experienced firsthand the grandeur of The Link during a media tour organized by the developer and enjoyed 360-degree views over Dubai.

The Link structure is now finalized after completing all construction milestones, reaching its final length of 226 meters and standing 100 meters above ground level.

Once operational, the panoramic sky concourse is set to become the World’s Longest Cantilevered Building and the ultimate destination for discerning travelers and residents alike. Visitors will enjoy unique immersive experiences in addition to ultra-luxurious hospitality and entertainment venues and the ultimate in fine dining including Michelin-star restaurants, an infinity pool, a luxury spa and an observation deck.

Issam Galadari, Director and CEO of Ithra Dubai, said, “The completion of The Link at One Za’abeel is the sum of effort, imagination, collaboration and the desire to create a meaningful and timeless contribution to Dubai. We are thrilled to be part of the city’s narrative and to join its long list of firsts.”

The lift of The Link was operated in two phases, the first of which took place in September when the first structure of The Link measuring 192 meters was lifted 100 meters above ground level. It was carried out over 12 days in one of the heaviest lifting operations in the region, weighing over 8,500 tons.

The final lift joined the cantilevered structure with the first section of The Link and was executed over the course of four days. More than 55 jacks and strand jacks, and 12.2 Km of strands were required to lift this final portion weighing over 900 tons.

One Za’abeel by Ithra Dubai is an ambitious enterprise that combines the best in design, architecture and civil engineering. The iconic development is built with connectivity in mind as it intersects between Dubai’s International Financial Centre and the International Airport. Its world-class offerings will redefine mixed-use developments in the region with the finest in residential, office, and retail spaces and the world’s first vertical urban resort under the One & Only brand. The multi-award-winning project also aims to achieve Gold LEED certification.

One Za’abeel will be completed in stages starting Q4 2021.

About One Za’abeel

One Za’abeel is an iconic addition to Dubai’s skyline that evokes duality through the distinctive design of its two towers. It is a revolutionary high-rise mixed-use development incorporating luxury residences, a One & Only ultra-luxury hotel and serviced apartments, as well as a premium, Grade A office spaces, a retail podium, and a panoramic sky concourse. Its design incorporates two modern high-rise towers connected by a record-setting cantilever called ‘The Link’, dissecting the two buildings. The development has a direct bridge connection to the buzzing Dubai World Trade Center and Exhibition Center.

A symbol of ambition, innovation and the pioneering spirit of Dubai, One Za’abeel stands proudly at the heart of the city, a destination that both captivates and inspires. With residences, businesses and leisure experiences that flow seamlessly together, the impressive but approachable development will promise the people of Dubai an elevated lifestyle.

Development Factsheet –updated October 2020


One Za’abeel is the new trademark mixed-use development by Ithra Dubai, a wholly owned subsidiary of the Investment Corporation of Dubai

•It is an iconic addition to Dubai’s skyline with the distinctive design of its two towers

•The development pushes the limits of design and engineering with its skyscrapers standing at300 meters and 235 metersrespectively and dissected by the panoramic sky concourse called The Link

•The development is situated in the heart of the city;it is strategically located within close proximity of Dubai’s International Financial Centre, International airport

•The two towers rise from a structure consisting of seven levels of basement, three levels of podium for retail and restaurants and 83 lifts out of which 26 are high-speed, over a total built-up area of 530,000square meters

•The Link provides an elevated lifestyle destination housing unique experiences in addition to ultra-high luxury hospitality and entertainment venues providing 360-degree views of Dubai from its viewing platform

•A number of restaurants and bars, an observation deck, gym, spa, pool, banquet hall, and a roof top terrace will be on offer at The Link

•The two towers straddle Al Mustaqbal Bridge leadingto Downtown Dubai and onwards towards Jebel Ali, while pedestrian bridges connect the development the Dubai World Trade Centre

•The project’s principle figures aside from Ithra Dubai are main contractor ALEC Engineering and Nikken Sekkei for Architecture and Design Firm

•One Za’abeel is currently 45% complete and on track for a phased completion startinglate 2021

•One Za’abeel received two prestigious awards in 2019, namely Construction Innovation Awards for Best Innovative Project of the Yearand Big Project ME’s Mixed-Use Project of the YearBuilding Specifications

•The development will feature37,000 square metres of premium office space,263 residential units, 12,000 square metres of retail space, 497 hotel rooms ranging from exceptional luxury to ultra-luxury and exquisite serviced apartments

•Tower A, 300 meters tall, will host offices and the world’s first One & Only urban (vertical) resort, an ideal retreat for Dubai’s thriving business community and urban travelers seeking a unique hotel experience

•Tower B, 235 meters tall, will be primarily residential and will be divided between luxury simplexes and duplexes

•The Gallery on the podium level will offer a range of high-end retail and leisure experiences over three floors

•The Link, a 226-meter panoramic sky concourse of epic scale and design,is suspended perpendicularly to both towers at a height of around 100 meters above ground levelSustainable Development

•One Za’abeel will offer a new kindof sustainable development for residents, tenants, and visitors alike as it aims for a Gold LEED certification

•LED lighting is used throughout the project for all internal and external lighting systems

•Water-to-water heat pumps are used for centralised domestic hot water systems in both Tower A and Tower B, and treated sewage effluent water will be used for irrigation along with a condensate collection system from the building’s air conditioning systems

•Energy-efficient design consideration was taken with façade system selection and energy modelling to predict and size the air conditioning equipment accurately

•Tower A will incorporate the latest smart technologies to provide automation and energy optimisation of office electrical, lighting, air conditioning and ventilation systemsInnovative Solutions

•The development has to account for the live six-line carriageway it straddles Construction is underway with the highway operating around the clock beneath it

•Excavation began seven levels below the existing infrastructure of the Happiness bridge after massive amounts of planning and coordination with Dubai Municipality and the Road and Transport Authority to ensure that all steps are being carried out with safety at the forefrontOne Za’abeel’s cantilevered structure weighs 9,500 tonnes when lifted and 16,500 tonnes when completed

•The Link is constructed of seven steel modules–that havebeen slid into place before they were lifted in September 2020 to their final position on the building

•In October 2020, Ithra Dubai announced the completion of The Link with the lift of the additional remaining part of the structure

•With the now completed Link structure, One Za’abeel attempts to break the GUINNESS WORLD RECORDS™ for the Longest Cantilevered Building in the world

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