Dubai Frame Opens to Huge Crowds on New Year's Day


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Welcome to the Elevator World News Podcast. This week’s news podcast is sponsored by 13 TOWERS TO TRANSFORM EASTERN LONDON BY 2026 In a year-end look at tall-tower activity, the City of London noted that 13 high rises are either under construction or have received approval to move forward within London’s eastern section, also known as the "Square Mile," a building spree that will transform the area’s skyline by 2026, bdonline reports. The tallest will be the 73-story 1 Undershaft, which has been approved but is awaiting a finalized agreement before construction can begin. The next tallest will be the 62-story 22 Bishopsgate, already under construction. The city noted one amenity for the area is that six of the new buildings will have public viewing platforms, while the Square Mile is to account for about 60% of the city’s growth over the next decade. IN MEMORIAM: JOHN C. MACDONALD, III John C. "Jack" MacDonald III, of Hingham, Massachusetts, passed away on October 31, 2017, at the age of 79. After earning his degree at Boston University, MacDonald became an elevator technician and member of the International Union of Elevator Constructors Local 4. He worked for Otis, then founded his own company, Delta Elevator Co. in Allston, Massachusetts. He went on to become New England manager for U.S. Elevator. Survivors include his wife of 60 years, Nancy; children, Carol Ann, John and Judith; seven grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren. In lieu of flowers, donations may be sent to The Shriners Hospital for Children — Boston. DUBAI FRAME OPENS TO HUGE CROWDS ON NEW YEAR'S DAY Dubai, a city known for manmade marvels including the Palm Jumeirah artificial island and the Burj Khalifa — the world's tallest building — rang in 2018 with the opening of the Dubai Frame, the latest piece of spectacular architecture to grace the skyline, TimeOut Dubai reports. The Frame is a pair of 150-m-tall towers connected at the top by a 93-m-long, glass-bottomed observation bridge that, from a distance, creates a huge "picture frame" through which the city can be seen. Long lines of visitors queued up on New Year's Day to tour the Frame and to look out through the bridge's 25-m2 central glass, which affords a 360° view of the city. The Frame, being marketed as a major tourist attraction, tells visitors the story of Dubai's transformation from sleepy fishing village to a glittering metropolis and the U.A.E.’s largest city. Image: Time Out Dubai: Subscribe to the Podcast: iTunes│Google Play | SoundCloud│Stitcher│TuneIn

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