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ALEC reaches major milestone on One Za’abeel


ALEC Engineering and Contracting L.L.C (ALEC) has completed the top out of One Za’abeel’s Tower B, one of two towers that form part of Ithra Dubai’s iconic luxury development.

Centrally Located adjacent to the Dubai World Trade Centre, One Za’abeel is comprised of three key components, namely Towers A & B and ‘The Link’, one of the longest cantilevered structures in the world, which bridges the towers at a height of 100 metres. Having recently completed the installation of ‘The Link’, the top out of Tower B, which includes seven basement levels, ground floor, three podiums, 57-storeys, multiple amenities and ultra-luxury simplex and duplex residential units.

Another one of the project’s unique features includes an automated car parking system which consists of three lifts traveling at 0.9m/sec and four shuttles traveling at 2.0m/sec. The system also has three transfer areas for entry and exit, which serves two levels and can accommodate 242 vehicles. In total, 35,000 tonnes of rebar and 176,535m3 of concrete were used in the overall construction of the project’s Tower B.

Commenting on the milestone, Kez Taylor, chief executive officer, ALEC, said: “It has been a pleasure to watch One Za’abeel come to life in collaboration with our client, Ithra Dubai and stakeholders. From the installation of The Link to the top out of Tower B, we are incredibly proud of the milestones we have achieved to date. It has taken a monumental amount of planning and the engineering that has gone into making this a reality has been significant.”

Barry Lewis, managing director, ALEC, added: “In topping out Tower B we are one step closer to completing this major project, which will not only make a valued addition to Dubai’s skyline, but serve as a reminder of the emirate’s commitment to pushing the engineering limits of what is possible.”

As part of its commitment towards innovation, ALEC utilised several cutting-edge techniques in the delivery of One Za’abeel so far, including the use of a Hilti Jaibot, a semi-automated drill that takes over executional work, while site teams monitor its progress through collated data. This equipment not only helped to increase accuracy, but cut out the arduous task of overhead drilling.

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