One Za’abeel completes record-breaking cantilever lift

The Link is a panoramic sky concourse that connects the two towers of One Za’abeel.
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Updated 13 September 2020

One Za’abeel completes record-breaking cantilever lift

Japanese architectural, engineering, and urban design firm Nikken Sekkei has confirmed that the world’s longest cantilevered building, The Link, which connects the towers of the One Za’abeel mixed-use development in Dubai, has been lifted into place.

The company, which began work on the project in 2014 as lead consultancy, was responsible for the concept and design of the two-tower structure and the unique cantilever design that connects both towers.

Dr. Fadi Jabri, Nikken’s executive officer, principal responsible for MENA, CIS, India, Australia, and Europe regions, said: “Designing the world’s longest-occupied cantilevered building was an ambitious challenge in itself. However, designing an offset cantilever between two towers, 100 meters above a busy highway, was a challenge of ingenuity and imagination none of us had ever faced before.”

“The lifting process was incredible. The initial lift on Aug. 18 was a mere 10 cm to check for cable stretching and the building’s reaction to the strain ... A further 1 meter lift took place a week later, followed by the main event, three days later — the final 100 meter lift into place,” added Jabri.

The skyscraper building is a mixed-use two-tower project overlooking a total built-up area of over 470,000 square meters. Located at the heart of the city and at the gate of the Dubai International Financial Centre, the development incorporates luxury residences, a One & Only ultra-luxury hotel and serviced apartments, and premium, Grade A office spaces, a retail podium, and a panoramic sky concourse.

The Link, which will float 100 meters above the ground, is a panoramic sky concourse that connects the two towers of One Za’abeel. The structure will house a choice of attractions, including Michelin-starred restaurants, observation decks, and an infinity pool.

A team of architects and engineers from Nikken formed the core team for all design features, which subsequently grew to a multinational team of more than 1,200 experts from a variety of disciplines.

“The concept for the design was to express Dubai’s pioneering spirit and its warm welcome based on family values in the form of two graceful ‘father and son’ towers with a ‘strong bond’ — The Link — 100 meters above a major highway forming the gateway. A gently sloping podium represents a welcoming gesture, and the bold expression of The Link represents the pioneering spirit of Dubai,” said Jabri.

Cartier looks ahead to sparkling future in KSA

Updated 22 September 2020

Cartier looks ahead to sparkling future in KSA

RIYADH: As the Kingdom prepares to celebrate the 90th Saudi National Day this Wednesday, businesses — big and small — are taking part in the festivities with gusto. But few companies can put forward what international jewelry brand Cartier has prepared.

Saudi Arabia is a key market for the brand, and the company has been celebrating its National Day for three years now. This year, the celebrations are some of their most elaborate yet.

Cartier’s managing director for Saudi Arabia, Kalid Lanssari, said the brand unveiled a new film capsule featuring Cartier’s emblematic panther lighting up Al-Faisaliah Tower in green. Cartier is also offering all guests and clients across its boutiques a special treatment to celebrate the day and make a deeper connection with them.

“Doors have already been open to all guests in our new flagship boutique in Al-Faisaliah Tower since Sept. 15. This boutique offers clients a new elevated experience through exclusive salons and a best-in-class service,” Lanssari said.

The year 2020 has been a tough year for businesses in general, given the ongoing global pandemic and subsequent economic downturn, and even an international brand such as Cartier could not escape unscathed.

“Like most brands in the industry, we suffered major drawbacks because of the pandemic. With the beginning of lockdown and the closing of our boutiques, business was hugely affected. We, however, were agile and quickly launched phone sales and home delivery services to try and compensate for the boutiques’ closure and the lack of e-commerce services. On the more positive side, the appetite of people for timeless luxury has remained and that helped the business bounce back very quickly,” said Lanssari.

He said Cartier had gone through a thorough sanitization process and taken other precautions to ensure the safety of its customers and staff.

“We’ve learned that brands need to be agile and adopt a seamless omni-channel approach. We have accelerated our e-commerce project to offer clients a new channel to purchase our collections online while continuing to offer the best in-boutique experience,” he added.

According to Lanssari, this is only the beginning for Cartier in Saudi Arabia.

“We plan to accompany the Kingdom in its trajectory of transformation through close collaborations, business expansion, cultural events and more. In the last three years, we have discovered and developed many amazing Saudi talents that are now part of the Cartier family and will continue to grow these talents in the future. This region has always inspired us and will continue to be a rich source of inspiration for years to come,” he said.