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ALEC to break tallest construction crane record at Dubai's One Za'abeel

A crane standing 330m tall will be used to top out One Za'abeel's tallest tower, UAE contractor confirms

One Za'abeel is a twin-tower development that ALEC is building for Ithra Dubai.
One Za'abeel is a twin-tower development that ALEC is building for Ithra Dubai.

UAE construction giant ALEC will break a company record by erecting the tallest tower crane in its history when it builds Ithra Dubai’s One Za'abeel twin-tower development.

The contractor will smash its own record for the third time in recent years when it tops out the tallest One Za'abeel tower, with a crane mast height reaching more than 330m from its base.

The mixed-use One Za'abeel development sits on a total built-up area of 48ha, and includes two towers connected by an elevated sky concourse called The Linx.

READ: One Za'abeel completes record concrete pour as construction begins

Kez Taylor, chief executive officer of ALEC, has described One Za'abeel as a “revolutionary construction project”.

A date has not been set for when ALEC will note the equipment achievement, but the news comes after the contractor twice surpassed its record for using the tallest tower crane on the $1bn (AED4bn) Marina Gate project.

The record was set on the first tower, MGI using a Liebherr 280 EC-H 16 high-top crane that topped out at 240m from its base. ALEC broke this record again in March 2018 for the second tower, MGII, when the crane topped out at 288m.

READ: ALEC notes major progress on Dubai’s $1bn Marina Gate

Liebherr’s crane was erected and commissioned on site in Dubai Marina in October 2016, with a freestanding height of 56m.

ALEC claims it was operational for 743 days, clocking up more than 7,400 working hours while in use for seven days a week. It was only down for 51 hours during this time, boasting an impressive breakdown rate of just 0.0068%.

In December 2018, ALEC noted significant progress on Select Group’s three-tower Marina Gate Development, claiming the third tower would be topped out in the second quarter of 2019.

MGII could be completed in 2019 and the main contractor is targeting completion of the third tower in 2020.

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