Construction is well under way on one of the many supertall skyscrapers popping up on Dubai's skyline. Named the Ahmed Abdul Rahim Al Attar Tower the tower will stand at an impressive 341 metres plus when complete becoming one of the tallest residential buildings in the world.
Located on the main arterial route through central Dubai, Sheik Zayed Road, the design comes from Gulf Engineering & Consultants who opted for a simple affair with a likely roof height of 301 metres.
Standing on a square podium, the tower rises straight upwards to its peak which looks like a electrified fence put round it, possibly to stop residents jumping off when they realise they have just bought an apartment in one of Dubai's most conservative looking towers which a spire barely enlivens.
The facades are mainly a gold coloured concrete with balconies that have no electrified fencing as glazing which runs up the middle of the facades should stop jumpers as well as allow natural light to flood into the apartments.
Unusually there are no green areas to speak off in this project, so residents may have to wander elsewhere to find a quiet spot in which to work out just why they bought an apartment here instead of in one of the much nicer looking towers to be found.
Construction on the project did start way back in 2005 but the developers decided to fire the main contractors, Al Fara'a Contracting in Novemeber 2006 and it wasn’t until May 2007 when new contractors Naresco Contracting Co picked up shovels and work got underway again.
Purely residential the tower will have the usual facilities expected by most these days such as gymnasium, pool, spa and fun stuff that might just blank out the horror that is the tower they chose to live in.
Construction should be complete... eventually.