Dubai inaugurates world’s tallest ‘twisted’ tower


The Cayan tower, the world’s tallest twisted tower stands at Dubai’s Marina on June 11, 2013, in the United Arab Emirates, UAE. AFP PHOTO/KARIM SAHIB

DUBAI—Dubai has inaugurated the world’s tallest twisted tower built at a cost of $272 million, setting a yet another record for skyscrapers and other engineering marvels.

The 310-meter (1,017-foot), 75-story residential Cayan Tower is twisted at 90 degrees from top to bottom and was inaugurated earlier this week in Dubai Marina—a man-made canal overlooking the Gulf.

Developer Cayan Real Estate Investment and Development Company said 80 percent of its residential units have already been sold.

Construction began in 2006, but was delayed due to major technical problems and the 2009 economic downturn in Dubai triggered by the global financial crisis.

The tower was designed by Chicago-based Skidmore Owings and Merrill, the masterminds behind Burj Khalifa, which is the world’s tallest tower and also in Dubai.

The 828-meter (2,717-foot), 160-story Burj Khalifa broke engineering and architectural records when it opened in January 2010.

In May 2012, Dubai opened the 413.4-meter (1,356-foot) Princess Tower, the world’s tallest residential building, according to the Guinness World Records website.

And later in 2012, the emirate inaugurated the world’s tallest hotel—the 355-meter (1,165-foot) twin tower JW Marriott Marquis Dubai.

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  • bok

    I’m not impressed.

    • wawa2172

      I am impressed, the emirates do have a lot of money to build it and getting help from neighboring nation when Dubai meets financial trouble. I am sure that Filipino workers were hired to help put up the twisted skyscraper. The Philippines have squatters barong-barong as landmarks and its spreading like mushrooms all over the country and that is something that were not proud of dahil marami ang nag durusa sa kahirapan sa bansa natin. The government way of solving the poverty in the country, I am not impressed.

      • bok

        I’m still not impressed. Twisted tower, twisted culture.

      • ako_to

        haha..true brother. they can break all records save for things that promote human rights, liberty and freedom.

      • regd

        At least kaming mahihirap sarap na sarap sa kahit maliit na pagkain lalo na pan de sal. YOU?

  • NoWorryBHappy

    Based on the comments, I say, I am IMPRESSED !
    Woo-hooo! Look at the bright side.
    At least hindi kunukurakot ang pera.
    These are not only engineering marvels.
    They are a source of pride for citizens of Dubai.
    They provide job opportunities to local citizens as well as expats.
    Way to go Dubai !

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