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Height: Architectural 292.2 m / 959 ft
Height: Occupied 276.6 m / 907 ft
Height: To Tip 292.2 m / 959 ft
Floors Above Ground 74
Floors Below Ground 3
# of Apartments 474


Official Name Sky Tower
Name of Complex The Gate Shams Abu Dhabi
Structure Type Building
Status Completed
Country United Arab Emirates
City Abu Dhabi
Street Address & Map Shams Gate District, Reem Island
Building Function residential / office
Structural Material concrete
Proposed 2005
Construction Start 2006
Completion 2010
Rankings Click arrows to view the next taller/shorter buildings
Global Ranking #145 Tallest in the World
Regional Ranking #34 Tallest in Middle East
National Ranking #28 Tallest in United Arab Emirates
City Ranking #5 Tallest in Abu Dhabi

Companies Involved

Owner Sorouh Real Estate
Developer Tameer Holding Investment; Sorouh Real Estate
Design Arquitectonica
Architect of Record National Engineering Bureau; RW Armstrong
Structural Engineer
Design Hyder Consulting
MEP Engineer
Design Ian Banham and Associates
Main Contractor Arabian Construction Company
Other Consultant
• Building Monitoring Kinemetrics Inc.
• Cost AECOM
Material Supplier
• Cladding Jangho Group Co., Ltd.
• Elevator Otis Elevator Company
• Fire Proofing Grace Construction Products
• Steel Eversendai Engineering Qatar

About Sky Tower

Sky Tower is the taller of two towers that rise alongside the monumental portico of The Gate project like welcoming torches (Sun Tower being the other). The façades of the towers are adorned with a series of crystals that sparkle in the sunlight. The elliptical shape reduces wind resistance and its perimeter columns provide a tube structure effect. Within the elliptical form the spaces are organized orthogonally. Certain rooms cantilever beyond the elliptical skin. From the exterior they form a series of vertical bands that emphasize the vertical thrust of the tower. From within they create a series of spaces that project into space. Giant bay windows become rooms in the sky; conference rooms, living rooms and executive offices with the ultimate three-sided corner condition.

The residences are designed for maximum views. The façade curvature emphasizes the panoramic perspective. Expansive windowed areas flood the spaces with natural light. Rooms flow gracefully into each other with minimum circulation for a contemporary lifestyle.

CTBUH Initiatives

CTBUH, EMI Lead Emirates Tall-Building Study Trip
23-27 Mar 2014 – Tour Report

CTBUH Releases Tallest Buildings Completed in 2010
Dec 2010 – CTBUH Journal Paper

Regional Tours, CTBUH 8th World Congress
2-6 Mar 2008 – Tour Report

Global News

Abu Dhabi Offers Least Expensive Office Space Despite Available Wealth
14 Mar 2014 – A recent report that found Hong Kong and Tokyo to…

Research Papers

Tallest Buildings Completed in 2010
Dec 2010 – CTBUH Journal, 2011 Issue I

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