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Go up the Falling towerin Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates

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A skyscraper Capital Gate in Abu Dhabi is called the Falling Tower. Its slope is 4.5 times more than a slope of Pisan Tower.
How to go up the Falling tower in Abu Dhabi
When the glass skyscrapers in the Emirates ceased to amaze travelers, local authorities relied on the unique design of the buildings.

In 2007, the construction of the 160-meter skyscraper Capital Gate began upon the project of the London architectural bureau, which later became known as the Falling Tower. Construction work lasted 4 years. It's been estimated at $ 2.2 billion.

Abu-Dhabi, Construction of the Capital Gate, Abu Dhabi
Photo: Abu-Dhabi, Construction of the Capital Gate, © Ilya Varlamov

The first 12 floors are constructed straight, and all the subsequent 23 floors gradually deviate by 30-140 centimeters to the west. Thus, the skyscraper is tilted at an angle of 18° to the earth - even more than Leaning Tower of Pisa (4°), and was entered to the Guinness World Records as the building with the largest slope in the world (hence the name Falling Tower). A facade made of glass, reduces electricity consumption to a minimum, and innovative double-glazed windows allow to save on air conditioning.

Inside the building, there are offices, conference halls, a five-star hotel Hyatt Capital Gate and a restaurant with a panoramic city view.

Abu-Dhabi, The terrace in 18 degrees restaurant, Abu Dhabi
Photo: Abu-Dhabi, The terrace in 18 degrees restaurant, © Ilya Varlamov

Abu Dhabi, Inside of the 18 Degrees Restaurant , Abu Dhabi
Photo: Abu Dhabi, Inside of the 18 Degrees Restaurant, © Ilya Varlamov

How to do?

1. The Falling Tower is located on Al Khaleej Al Arabi Street, which is 15 minutes drive from the International Airport and 20 minutes from the Abu Dhabi downtown.

2. Go up on the 18th floor, to the 18 degrees Restaurant at sunset, order wine and watch the sunlight playing on the glass walls of city skyscrapers.

On the terrase of "18 degrees" restaurant, Abu-Dhabi, Abu Dhabi
Photo: © Ilya Varlamov

Where to do?

#16The Capital Gate in Abu DhabiThe Capital Gate

Skyscraper with the biggest inclination angle (18°)! The Capital Gates holds offices, a 5-star hotel and panoramic-view restaurant.

Location: Al Khaleej Al Arabi Street
Open hours: 6 am — 11:30 pm
Phone: +971(0)2 406 4400
Official website: http://www.capitalgate.ae/index.html

How much?

The entrance to the scyscraper is free of charge.
A glass of wine in the restaurant costs 45 dirhams, a cup of coffee - 22 dirhams.

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