The 35-storey tower will also have a 189-room Hyatt Capital Gate hotel, expected to be operational by the end of 2010. Image Credit: Supplied picture

Abu Dhabi: The Abu Dhabi National Exhibitions Company (Adnec) said Saturday its Capital Gate in Abu Dhabi has been certified as the ‘World's Furthest Leaning Manmade Tower,' by Guinness World Records.

Adnec said in a statement that Capital Gate has been "built to lean 18 degrees westwards — more than four times that of the world famous Leaning Tower of Pisa", adding that it earned the Guinness recognition after rigorous evaluation by the Awards Committee since January, when the exterior of the 160-metre, 35-storey tower was completed.

"Capital Gate is a landmark development for Abu Dhabi and with this recognition the tower takes its place among the world's great buildings. It is a signature building which speaks of the foresight of the emirate," Adnec's Chairman Shaikh Sultan Bin Tahnoun Al Nahyan was quoted in the statement as saying.

Speaking to Gulf News by telephone, Paul Vincent, Adnec's Marketing Director said that the iconic tower has possibly the "strongest core of any tower in the world and is symbolic of Abu Dhabi's and the UAE's commitment to the future and in particular, Abu Dhabi's 2030 vision for the city and the emirate."

"The Capital Gate tower will help draw world's attention to Abu Dhabi," Vincent added.

However, he declined to be drawn into the construction cost of the project. Vincent said the tower will also have a 189-room Hyatt Capital Gate hotel, which is expected to be operational by the end of this year. He said the process of leasing for offices in the Capital Gate tower will start shortly.