Abu Dhabi ‘leaning tower’ beats Pisa: press

An Abu Dhabi tower has been recognised as the “furthest-leaning man-made tower” in the world by Guinness World Records, local newspapers reported on Sunday.

 The 160-metre Capital Gate tower, developed by the Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Company, leans at 18 degrees — over four times the angle of Italy’s famous Leaning Tower of Pisa, Khaleej Times reported.

ADNEC said the tower earned the record following an evaluation by Guinness World Records that began in January, the month the tower’s exterior was completed, Gulf News reported.

Capital Gate was designed from the get-go to take an angled stance, unlike the Tower of Pisa, which slanted over with time.

The 35-storey tower’s 18-degree angle is achieved by staggering the floor plates from the 12th floor up, the newspaper added.

The tower is expected to be completed in late 2010 and will house a five-star hotel and offices.

The United Arab Emirates is home to another world record building, the 828-metre Burj Khalifa in Dubai, which is the tallest building in the world.

Article From: ABU DHABI (AFP) – Sun Jun 6, 7:42 PM
http://ca.news.yahoo.com/s/afp/100606/world/uae_architecture_tower_record_1

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