Cayan Tower

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Cayan Tower
Infinity Tower - Dubai.jpg
Cayan Tower in May 2013[1]
Cayan Tower is located in United Arab Emirates
Cayan Tower
Cayan Tower
Location within United Arab Emirates
General information
Status Complete
Type Residential
Location Dubai, United Arab Emirates
Coordinates 25°05′12.80″N 55°08′42.89″E / 25.0868889°N 55.1452472°E / 25.0868889; 55.1452472Coordinates: 25°05′12.80″N 55°08′42.89″E / 25.0868889°N 55.1452472°E / 25.0868889; 55.1452472
Construction started 2006
Completed 2013
Tip 306.4 metres (1,005 ft)[2]
Technical details
Floor count 73 (5 below ground)[2]
Lifts/elevators 7
Design and construction
Architect Skidmore, Owings and Merrill
Developer Cayan Real Estate Investment & Development[3]
Structural engineer Skidmore, Owings and Merrill
Main contractor Arabtec

Cayan Tower, known as Infinity Tower before it was inaugurated, is a 306-metre-tall (1,004 ft), 75-story skyscraper in Dubai, United Arab Emirates by Cayan Real Estate Investment and Development. The tower is designed by Skidmore, Owings and Merrill SOM architectural group, the same group who did the concept design for the Burj Khalifa, also in Dubai, and Trump Tower in Chicago. Upon its opening on 10 June 2013, the tower became world's tallest high-rise building with a twist of 90 degrees. This record has since been surpassed by the Shanghai Tower, which opened in February 2015. In 2018 Rotana Hotels signed a hotel management agreement[4] for Cayan Tower under its ‘The Residences by Rotana’ brand.[5]


The twisting design of Cayan Tower was achieved by rotating each floor 1.2 degrees around a cylindrical elevator and service core.[6] Cayan Tower's apartments are designed with reconstituted wooden floors, Chinese synthetic marble counter tops, and kitchen fixtures. The tower also includes a five-story parking garage behind it.[7] The Cayan Tower has house financing options available for those residents who may want to lease out their weekend or holiday condo. The rooms of the tower are designed in such a way that it wouldn't be affected by direct sunlight due to titanium-colored metal panels on cast-in-place concrete columns aided with repetitive staggered screen panels to stop penetrating sunlight from disturbing the residents of the unit. The lack of balcony space helps with the feeling of enclosure and passive solar shading.

Site flooding[edit]

The tower's construction was on hold for a year and a half after the foundation site of the tower was flooded when the wall that held back the Dubai Marina was breached on 7 February 2007.[8][9] Witnesses described a loud cracking sound, followed by an inflow of sand and water. The project resumed construction in July 2008.

Official launch ceremony[edit]

The Cayan Tower was inaugurated with fireworks accompanied with laser light display on the tower on 10 June 2013 and become the world's tallest twisted tower, surpassing Turning Torso.[10][11] The tower was renamed from Infinity Tower to Cayan Tower as the developer of the tower said:

There are more than one tower with the name Infinity and we wanted something different, We are very attached with this unique project and it was a very conscious decision we took. We know there won’t be any Cayan Tower in the world and this will be the only one.

[citation needed]


See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Home: Infinity - Living by Design". Retrieved 2013-08-17.
  2. ^ a b CTBUH. "Cayan Tower Facts | CTBUH Skyscraper Database". 25.08688 55.14501: Retrieved 2013-08-17.
  3. ^ "CAYAN". CAYAN. Retrieved 2013-08-17.
  4. ^ "Rotana to manage Cayan Tower Residences by Rotana"
  5. ^ "Cayan Tower Residences by Rotana"
  6. ^ Shapiro, Gideon Fink (November 13, 2013). "Cayan Tower, Designed by Skidmore, Owings & Merrill (Architect Magazine)". Retrieved 2018-03-21.
  7. ^ "Infinity: Living By Design". Infinity Tower Homepage. Cayan. Retrieved 2013-02-15.
  8. ^ "Snopes Article on collapse of wall".
  9. ^ "Lucky escape for 100 workers". Gulf News. Al Nisr Publishing LLC. 2007-02-08. Retrieved 2013-12-28.
  10. ^ "Beyond Infinity: World's tallest twisted tower in Dubai gets new name". Emirates 24/7. 2013-06-11. Retrieved 2013-08-17.
  11. ^ Martin Croucher. "Dubai Marina gets new twist as residential tower opens - The National". Retrieved 2013-08-17.

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