ALEC completes final lift of the show-stopping bridge ‘The Link at One Za’abeel

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  • Main contractor, ALEC completes the final lift sequence, completing One Za’abeel’s iconic ‘The Link’ bridge
  • The 9,500 tonne steel structure lifted over 100 metres for the final time

Dubai, UAE: ALEC Engineering and Contracting L.L.C (ALEC) has completed another major engineering milestone with the final lift of ‘The Link’, a 9,500 tonne steel structure, which forms the central feature of Ithra Dubai’s flagship, mixed-use, luxury development, One Za’abeel. 

The innovative and complex cantilever now stands at a total height of 125 metres after a four-day lift which started on October 21st.  ‘The Link’ went through a final alignment during the week, as part of which the cantilever was welded into the towers on which it is placed. 

Commenting on the milestone, Kez Taylor, Chief Executive Officer of ALEC, said: “We have witnessed the impossible come to life through ‘The Link’. Throughout the four-day process this month our team continuously monitored the structural behaviour of ‘The Link’ and the Towers, reassuring the design’s integrity and strength. It has been a great privilege for ALEC to work on such an innovative and breath-taking design, and we are humbled to be part of an engineering project that solidifies Dubai’s reputation as a centre of innovation and excellence. One Za’abeel is a development that has already earned its reputation as an iconic structure within Dubai’s world-class skyline and we look forward to a successful top out in the months to come.”

Having successfully completed its first lift in August 2020, ‘The Link’ is destined to become the world’s largest cantilevered building upon completion, an official Guinness World record, as it will be placed between two towers that stand at 300 and 235 metres, respectively. 

ALEC is the main contractor of One Za’abeel which will see retail, residential, hospitality and offices come together as part of its mixed-use status, giving its guests, tenants and visitors an unparalleled 360-degree view of the city. 

About ALEC:

ALEC Engineering and Contracting L.LC. (ALEC), part of the Investment Corporation of Dubai (ICD), is a large construction company with related businesses operating in the GCC with a presence in Africa.  ALEC has consistently evolved and grown over the last 20 years to become a trusted partner for the execution of complex and iconic construction projects. The company builds and provides construction solutions to exceed our clients’ expectations for quality, safety, functionality, and aesthetics.

ALEC has extensive experience in complex projects across diverse sectors including airports, retail, hotels & resorts, high-rise buildings, themed projects as well as construction management, design management, estimating, cost planning and procurement.

ALEC also possesses a Design and Build capability, which enables us to provide integrated construction solutions to our clients. ALEC offers its clients a complete turnkey solution with construction, MEP, fit-out, energy efficiency solutions and solar opportunities, heavy equipment rental as well as technology systems.