Dubai Inaugurates World’s Tallest ‘Twisted’ Tower

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Dubai has inaugurated the world’s tallest twisted tower built at a cost of  $272 million, setting yet another record for skyscrapers and other engineering  marvels. The 310-metre (1,017-foot),  75-storey 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-metre (2,717-foot), 160-storey Burj Khalifa broke engineering and architectural records  when it opened in January 2010.

In May 2012, Dubai opened the 413.4-metre (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-metre (1,165-foot) twin tower JW Marriott Marquis Dubai.

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