Emaar says Sky Bridge engineering feat completed in Dubai

Chairman Mohamed Alabbar says Sky Bridge will be 'referral point in modern construction'
Emaar says Sky Bridge engineering feat completed in Dubai
By Staff writer
Thu 11 May 2017 02:08 PM

Emaar Properties on Thursday announced the completion of a challenging engineering feat of designing, constructing and lifting a Sky Bridge that links the new Address Sky View hotel with the Address Residences Sky View in Downtown Dubai.

Rising at a height of over 220 metres, the 85-metre-long Sky Bridge, with a height of 22 metres and maximum width of 30 metres, has three storeys and will feature eight units of luxurious Sky Collection Duplexes, a 70-metre-long infinity pool that overlooks Burj Khalifa and The Dubai Fountain, and other amenities.

Billed to be a new tourist attraction, the Sky Bridge is fabricated using 4,500 tonnes of structural steel. A team of global experts from five different entities worked on the project that was completed in around 365 days by over 300 professionals and skilled workers.

Mohamed Alabbar, chairman of Emaar Properties, said: “Building and lifting the Sky Bridge is the result of the hard work and collaboration of some of the best international experts in the field, who addressed various challenges through their innovative and creative approach. They have accomplished a remarkable engineering feat that will serve as a referral point in modern construction. Sky Bridge is an added value to Downtown Dubai, and contributes to the pride of our nation.”

The Sky Bridge addressed several design challenges given the extensive loads of steel and concrete, as well as the loads related to the infinity pool, pool deck and façade, it needed.

To address the construction challenges, the main body of the bridge was divided into five elements, each weighing over 400 tonnes each. The fifth element is the MEGA truss in the middle that has a total weight of over 1,500 tonnes. High capacity cranes, not commonly used in the region, were deployed to lift the huge weights. Special high-capacity hydraulic jacks were also imported from Switzerland.

To execute the lifting of the Sky Bridge, each element was assembled on ground. They were then lifted using the Strand Jacking Technology over a period of four months.

The Sky Bridge has undergone extensive fire proofing and other safety and security tests, Emaar said.

A hotel, residential and serviced apartment complex linked directly to The Dubai Mall Metro station through a travellator, the 60-floor Address Sky View towers are 260 metres high, and offers 360 degree views of Downtown Dubai and the city.

Designed by Skidmore, Owings and Merrill, the architects of Burj Khalifa, Address Sky View has 169 hotel rooms on 12 levels with amenities including restaurants, lounges, a world-class event venue, meeting rooms, three pools including a rooftop pool and a spa.

Address Residences Sky View has 551 serviced residences that are fully furnished with floor-to-ceiling windows.

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