Construction has started in Dubai on a skyscraper with a height that will surpass the Burj Khalifa, which is currently on record as the tallest building in the world.
The construction cost for the Tower at Dubai Creek Harbour is projected at $1billion (£0.82billion). Once complete in 2020, the skyscraper will offer 360 degree views of the city and be “the world’s tallest tower”, according to a public statement issued at the groundbreaking ceremony.
Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid al-Maktoum, ruler of the Gulf emirate, officially marked the monumental tower’s groundbreaking while construction workers prepared the skyscraper’s foundations at a large section of land in an upscale new residential area next to a waterfront.
Emaar Properties, which is one of the largest property developers in Dubai, announced its intention to start building the tower in April, saying that it will exceed the Burj Khalifa by “a notch”. The Burj Khalifa currently stands 828m high.
However, the developer has yet to confirm what the tower’s exact height will be once construction is complete. Emaar Properties said in April that the building will cost around $1billion (£0.82billion) to construct.