Rotating tower launch will send residents into a spin

As first tower is announced, US $410 million deal is awarded for multiple Jumeirah Village jobs

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By  Tim Wood Published  July 29, 2006

The world’s first ever-rotating tower with penthouse and ‘villas’ has been unveiled in Dubai. And even before last week’s official launch, every one of its 81 properties, aside from the villa, which has an asking price of US $8 million (AED30 million), had been snapped up. Contractor Ali Moosa & Sons has been awarded the $410 million deal by King’s Palace Real Estate to build a number of rotating towers, which will all be located in Jumeirah Village South. The first 15-storey tower, which was unveiled last week, features a villa at the summit and penthouses on the four floors below it — all will be able to rotate 360 degrees, controlled independently by remote control. Construction of the $41 million tower, which will also feature 45 one-bedroom and 30 two-bedroom studios on floors two through to 10, is expected to take 18 months. A second tower to be built at the same site will be launched in the next three months and the others will be rolled out consistently over the next few years. Timmy Abdullah, general manager, King’s Palace Real Estate, told Construction Week: “Although there are rotating buildings in the US and Germany, no building has a villa and penthouses too, so that is why it is a world first. “Those on the top five floors get to see the world at 360 degrees, by setting the timer at four different speeds — at three, six, 12, or 24 hours. It doesn’t actually make you dizzy, you don’t even notice you are moving. “The towers will be normal buildings apart from the top five floors which revolve, and the technical expertise to make that happen will come from US engineer, Hamilton.” The client chose not to go to tender on the project. “Ali Moosa has been in contracting for the past 30 years in the UAE; it is one of the biggest contracting companies here,” Abdullah said. “Although it currently has 3,000 to 4,000 workers on other projects, including the Palm Jumeriah [and Jumeirah Islands], Ali Moosa has plenty of workers available to start construction once the land plot is handed over in late August.” As for the location, Abdullah added: “Jumeirah Village South is the future of Dubai as far as the freehold segment is concerned. “It is ideally located between the Sheikh Zayed Road and the Emirates Road, it has its own monorails linked to the express rail of the Dubai Metro which means you can get out of home and reach the airport or any other part of Dubai, come to think of it, in just 15 minutes.” Ali Moosa & Sons was unavailable for comment as CW went to press.

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