Emaar Properties has broken ground on what is set to be the world’s tallest building, The Tower at Dubai Creek Harbour.
The Tower, plans for which were announced in April, is expected to be taller than the Burj Khalifa, currently the world’s tallest building with a height of 828m. The new structure has been designed by Spanish-Swiss architect and engineer Santiago Calatrava Valls.
“The design and architectural features of The Tower demand unique engineering approaches that are currently being implemented on site,” said Valls. “Extensive studies were undertaken in preparation for the ground-breaking, and the learning that we have gained from the experience will add to the knowledge base of mankind.”
One of the key features of the new tower will be The Pinnacle Room that will offer views of the city, along with several observation garden decks. The building will also incorporate dynamic illumination and movement lighting.
The project is expected to entail an investment of around $1bn, and is anticipated to be wrapped up in 2020.
Emaar Properties chairman Mohamed Alabbar said: “We are pushing our boundaries in every aspect of this new master-planned development, one of the largest in the world, which underlines the spirit of positivity and hope that our nation celebrates.
“It will be a sterling addition to the smart city that HH Sheikh Mohammed envisages, with futuristic digital features that meet the aspirations of the next generation. We will continue to push the frontiers of engineering and construction to complete the project in time for Expo 2020 Dubai.”