The ‘golf ball’ atop the Etisalat headquarters in Abu Dhabi has been completely demolished after it was severely damaged during a storm earlier this month – the iconic orb-shaped feature was declared no longer safe.
Pieces of the orb, made form fiber coated gypsum board pieces, were seen in Etisalat’s car park.
The 27-floor building and its ‘golf ball’ was designed by Canadian architect Arthur Erickson and built in 2001. The spherical structures actually house the telecommunication company’s transmitters and receivers providing satellite and mobile phone connections throughout the UAE.
Throughout the country, there are nine etisalat golf ball buildings, but after the headquarters loses its spherical crown, only eight will still stand.
In the beginning of the week a massive crane arrived at the scene and scaffolding was built around the golf ball.