As a result of Infinity Tower’s twisting structure, the building protrudes close to 10 metres out of the footprint of the building.
This prompted the Dubai municipality to charge the owner and developer, Cayan Real Estate Investment and Development, an additional ‘air space’ fee.
Typically, buildings only pay land costs depending on the size of the plot.
According to the project’s senior resident engineer, Dr Montasser El Raie, no other building in the Middle East has been charged such a fee.
“In this building, all the columns are tilting and stepping aside and because of this shift, part of the building is actually protruding outside the footprint,” he said.