Construction Lobby: Lift breaks down causing annoyed millionaire homeowners a long climb to the top.
Luxurious Princess Tower in Dubai stands at 1,355ft tall and has 107 floors
A large fire hose leak on the 96th floor damaged the eight lifts in the building
Residents told they'll have to climb up to 1,300ft of steps to reach their flats
Repair work is still ongoing while elevator parts are flown in from Finland
Homeowners living in the world's tallest residential skyscraper are having to climb up more than 1,300ft of steps - the equivalent of walking one-third of the way up Ben Nevis - after all the lifts broke down. Princess Tower in Dubai, which stands at 1,355ft tall with 97 above-ground residential floors, has been named the tallest residential building in the world Guinness World Records. But residents living in the luxurious tower block - many of whom are British - have been told they have 'no choice' but to walk up to their flats, some on the 97th floor, after all eight lifts in the building broke down last week. The building, which has six levels in the basement and 101 above ground level, opened in September last year, with two-bed flats on the rental market for £140-a-day and penthouse flats selling for more than £2million. It is 339ft taller than The Shard, although still dwarfed by the world's tallest building, the 2,722ft tall Burj Khalifa in Dubai which is not classed as a residential building.
Princess Tower boasts 763 luxury apartments as well as eight giant stores and overlooks the Palm Jumeirah, the manmade 'palm island' where David Beckham and Brad Pitt are said to have bought luxury pads.
But after a persistent water leak, the owners of Princess Towers have shut down all of its eight lifts - forcing residents to walk the equivalent of one-third of the way up Ben Nevis - Britain's highest mountain - which stands at 4,408ft tall. Emergency repairs are ongoing after the problems began last week - leaving penthouse owners who paid £2millio plus for their flats forced to take the stairs.
Flat owners have today been told that a solitary 'service elevator' is available for 'limited' trips to the 50th floor - but anyone living above that level will still have to walk the rest of the way. Bosses at the skyscraper - owned by Tameer estates - say the flooding was caused by water from the 'passive fire protection system' and that a 'faulty fire hose' was to blame.
Water from the hose got into the residents' lift shafts, flooding them and causing them to be shut down.Read more....
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