x Abu Dhabi, UAEThursday 27 July 2017

World's highest skybridge in place in Abu Dhabi towers

It took four days to lift the final section of the bridge 245 metres between the Gate Towers on Al Reem Island.

Abu Dhabi-based developer Sorouh Real Estate Company PJSC has completed lifting the fourth and final section of the penthouse bridge for its 65-storey residential development Gate Towers on Shams Abu Dhabi, Al Reem Island.
Abu Dhabi-based developer Sorouh Real Estate Company PJSC has completed lifting the fourth and final section of the penthouse bridge for its 65-storey residential development Gate Towers on Shams Abu Dhabi, Al Reem Island.

ABU DHABI // The world's highest skybridge, containing 16 penthouse apartments, was lifted into place on an Abu Dhabi building this week.

It took four days to lift the final section of the bridge 245 metres at the Gate Towers on Al Reem Island.

The curved bridge, which was built by the developer Sorouh Real Estate, now connects the top of the three Gates Towers and is cantilevered 25 metres beyond the last tower.

Gurjit Singh, the chief operating officer of Sorouh, said putting the last piece into place was done with "great anxiety".

"It has been such a long process of designing and constructing this development, so seeing the reality unfold before us was an exhilarating experience," Mr Singh said.

Lifting the bridge was done over four months and in four separate sections. The total weight of the four segments was 2,000 tonnes, and they span a total of 305 metres.

The penthouse apartments, which will be between 435 and 620 square metres, will each have their own indoor swimming pool.
Mr Singh said five of the apartments would have a garden area suspended between the towers.

"The residents of those apartments will have access to a patch of lawn, almost like a villa in the sky," he said.

The Gate Towers development is set to be completed by the end of the year, Mr Singh said, and people would be able to move in early next year.

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