New skyscraper set to dwarf the world's tallest tower
Published: 30 August 2016
It’s one of the only cities in the world where they take the phrase, ‘the only way is up’. Literally.
Despite already being home to the tallest building in the world, Dubai is set to reach for the skies again with a new project that’s destined to be at least 100-meters higher than the current record holder, the 828-meter tall Burj Khalifa.
Work began last month on the new skyscraper which was given the working title “The Tower at Dubai Creek Harbour”.
While the final official height is yet to be revealed, you can expect to be craning your neck, with your eyes casting nearly a kilometre into the sky when building is finished in 2020, just in time for the Dubai World Expo.
The ambitious project has been designed to incorporate a perfect fusion of Western and Islamic architecture, with the apex designed to look like a traditional minaret, complete with garden at its peak.
Despite its jaw dropping height, yet to be officially reported, it still may not be enough to claim the world’s tallest tower tag, with a rival project currently racing it upwards in Saudi Arabia.
Saudi Arabia’s Jeddah Economic City project, features the Kingdom Tower which is slated to be world’s tallest at 1000-metres high.
It’s scheduled to open in 2018.
Meanwhile it’s rival, “The Tower at Dubai Creek Harbour” will showcase a boutique hotel, a 360-degree observation platform, restaurants and function hall spaces.
It’s also tipped to be twice as big as downtown Dubai, with a footprint of 1,200 hectares – yep, you read that correctly.
Chairman of Emaar Properties Mohamed Alabbar said the tower will offer a shining beacon of hope for the world in “celebrating diversity and human achievements”.
The master development will feature 3,664 office units, eight million square feet of retail space, 39,000 residential units and 22 hotels with 4,400 rooms.