Dubai’s First Rotating tower to be solar-powered

Dubai and its craze to be the firsts in many fields are legendary. Take the case of The Palm, Burj Al Arab, or even the Burj Dubai; their real estate projects are the biggest and the best. The latest mind-boggling caper is a solar-powered fully rotating tower. The Time Residences tower in the City of Arabia, a Dh400 million project, will turn through 360 degrees, and its rotation mechanism will be powered by stored solar energy. Providing a home to almost 200 families, it will also feature the world’s tallest tower, biggest mall, and largest man-made island (even a collection of dozens of man-made islands dubbed The World). Beating the competition (i.e. the Rotating Tower project by High Rise Real estate in Jumeirah Village South) where the former features four rotating penthouses and a rotating villa with its own car lift, Dubai Property Ring, developer of the 30-floor Time Residences has twirled a bit further and launched a fully rotating structure.

“We didn’t want to build just another building or tower, we wanted to create something unique – a precious place to live – a genuine contender to be one of the great buildings in the world,” said Tav Singh, director of Dubai Property Ring, the Dubai arm of UK-based property investors UK Property Group. The Time Residences tower will include one- and two-bedroom apartments as well as duplexes and penthouses. The UK architecture firm Glenn Howells Architects has designed this tower and Palmer and Turner, the master developers of the City of Arabia. Construction is expected to start in June next year with projected completion in the first quarter of 2009, but sales are expected to start in March 2007.

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