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Etisalat to dismantle storm-hit 'golf ball' on Abu Dhabi HQ

UAE telecoms firm was instructed last week to remove spherical structure from one of its Abu Dhabi offices

Etisalat to dismantle storm-hit 'golf ball' on Abu Dhabi HQ
Etisalat building in Abu Dhabi. Photo for

Etisalat is removing the iconic ‘golf ball’ from its headquarters
building in Abu Dhabi after it was badly damaged in last week’s storms.

The company said similar balls that sit atop Etisalat’s other office
buildings in Abu Dhabi and Dubai are intact and it has been deemed not
necessary to remove them.

On Friday, the UAE-based telecoms company was instructed by the National
Emergency Crisis and Disaster Management Authority (NCEMA) to remove the
spherical structure from its headquarters in Abu Dhabi because it was “severely
damaged by strong winds”, state news agency WAM confirmed.

The company is now working to remove the sphere at that office, situated
on the corner of Sheikh Rashid Bin Saeed Al Maktoum Street and Airport Road.

An Etisalat spokesperson said: “We are working to dismantle the spherical
structure atop our main Abu Dhabi headquarters building for safety reasons,
following the damage caused to the structure during last week’s storm.

structures on other Etisalat buildings across the UAE will not be impacted by
this decision.”

The NCEMA had asked the company on Friday to seek engineering advice to
assess the damage and dismantle the sphere.

Representatives of Etisalat were reported to have held meetings with
construction companies and consultants to discuss next steps.

Some of the streets around the building were closed over the weekend as
a safety precaution.

The decision comes after heavy rains and a major thunderstorm hit the
UAE on Wednesday, causing widespread flooding and damage to cars and buildings.

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