A proposal for a 224-storey building in Abu Dhabi has been turned down, according to a group of architects, designers and businessmen promoting the building.

Fayez Barakat, the owner of the Barakat Gallery of antiquities in Emirates Palace, said he presented plans for the so-called Al Imlaq, or The Giant, to Sheikh Ahmed bin Zayed, a member of the Abu Dhabi Executive Council, to be considered for construction on an island near Saadiyat Island.

After reviewing it, Sheikh Ahmed’s staff decided it was not feasible because it would affect air traffic, Mr Barakat said.

The National