Emaar to build $1bn skyscraper taller than Burj Khalifa

WCN Editorial Team 12 Apr 2016 MIDDLE EAST BUILDINGS

Emaar Properties has unveiled plans to build a $1bn skyscraper in Dubai that will exceed the height of the Burj Khalifa, which is at present the tallest building in the world.

The tower at Dubai Creek Harbour project will be "a notch taller" than the 828m Burj Khalifa, but its exact height has not been revealed.

It has been designed by Spanish/Swiss neo-futuristic architect, structural engineer, sculptor and painter Santiago Calatrava Valls. The design will be finalised after elaborate wind tunnel testing and all mandatory seismic testing.

The design of the tower has been inspired from the lily and invokes the image of a minaret, which is a common feature and distinctive aspect of Islamic culture. The building will have an observation deck, gardens, and between 18 and 20 floors dedicated to shops, restaurants and other tourist facilities.

The project will take into consideration environmental and sustainability features such as environment-friendly tram service and a number of green corridors.

Emaar Properties chairman Mohamed Alabbar said: "The Tower in Dubai Creek Harbour is our tribute to the positivity, energy and optimism that Dubai and the UAE celebrate, led by a leadership committed to all-round progress.

"It will be the destination for the world to visit, enjoy and celebrate life, as Dubai prepares to host the Expo 2020.

"It will also position Dubai Creek Harbour as one of the most desired residential, leisure and touristic attractions, providing visitors and residents with a modern, luxurious and sustainable environment in which to live, work, learn and entertain."

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