Tourists to have a new place to hang out in Dubai

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Visitors can hang over the edge of the building, and look straight down the 935-ft (285-m) to the bottom

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Such is the desire for every new blockbuster building in Dubai to differentiate itself from all others that their features get ever-more outlandish. Aykon City, for example, is a planned six-tower development aimed at providing all the trappings of a city. You'll also be able to hang off the top of it 935 ft (285 m) in the air.

Aykon City will be part of the 40-million sq ft (3.7 million sq m) Dubai Canal Project, which will link the city's Business Bay central business district to the stretch of coast where the World and the Heart of Europe are located and form a gateway to the Burj area. Project developer DAMAC Properties hopes it will become a new architectural icon of Dubai's skyline.

Located on the prestigious Sheikh Zayed Road, which acts as a connecting artery between Dubai and Abu Dhabi, Aykon City will overlook the Dubai Canal. It is being built at a cost of AED 7.4 billion (US$2 billion) and will cover 4 million sq ft (372,000 sq m).

The complex will comprise an "all-suites" 80-story hotel and residencies building, a 63-story serviced residences hotel building, a 60-story apartment tower, a 65-story office tower and two "ultra-luxury" residential towers with car lifts for each apartment and views over the Dubai Canal and Safa Park. An adjoining podium with retail, dining and entertainment offerings will link the buildings, while an additional plaza will feature swimming pools, a spa, yoga and tai-chi areas, a beach club, cafés, restaurants and a private members club.

The pièce de résistance, though, is Aykon Dare. Described by Damac as a "first-of-its-kind tourist attraction," it is located on the the 80th floor of the hotel. Accessed from the 78th floor, the attraction sees visitors put into a harness that is attached to a safety rail and then led out onto a landing platform.

From here, they ascend the diagonal roofline up to the 80th floor, where they can walk around the very edge of the building and lean out over a sheer 935-ft (285-m) drop. A glass-floored viewing capsule, meanwhile, lets visitors look directly down to Sheikh Zayed Road below.

Not only will Aykon Dare provide an exhilarating (and very probably terrifying) experience, it will give visitors panoramic views of Dubai. The whole experience is expected to last for around 45 minutes to an hour.

Work on Aykon City is due to commence in the next few months and it expected to be complete by 2021.

The video below provides an introduction to the development.

Source: Aykon City

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