People living at the world's tallest building were in for a workout when the elevators stopped working yesterday.
The Princess Tower in Dubai has people living on 97 floors. A water leak from the 96th floor shut down all eight of the elevator shafts. This prevented furniture deliveries and required residents living on the highest floors to get special permission for using a lift.
Mark Maynard, manager of the building, said the elevator problem could have been more of a disaster if it happened at a different time.
Since it happened in the middle of the day, not many people were in the building. It took about two hours for the elevators for the first 50 floors to work again, but it took 12 hours for people to access the upper floors.
"The leak on the 96th floor happened at midday and it was two hours before we got the lifts working to serve the first 50 floors. Fortunately, it was the middle of the day so it was not too inconvenient for people. Our lift technicians were here within 30 minutes and we had two of the upper floor lifts operating by 11:30 p.m. but with a manual lift operator," Maynard said.
In total, the tower has 101 stories and 97 residential floors. Built in 2012, it is the tallest residential building in the world.