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Dubai Starts Building ‘World’s Tallest’ Skyscraper

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.

 

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According to Emirates 247, the skyscraper, which is located near Ras Al Khor National Wildlife Sanctuary, will be equipped with garden-themed observation decks that provide panoramic 360-degree views of Dubai.

Designed by Santiago Calatrava Valls, the Spanish-Swiss architect, the tower will have a slender silhouette reminiscent of a minaret, and will be fixed securely to its base in the ground with strong cables. Calatrava, who is originally from Valencia, is known for the futuristic tone of his designs- especially the city of arts and sciences in his hometown. He was also responsible for the World Trade Center PATH Station in New York.

Mohamed Alabbar. Chairman of Emaar Properties, said that work on the tower is expected to be completed before the Expo 2020 trade fair, which the coastal city is scheduled to host.

Dubai holds an international reputation for the construction of sleek, futuristic skyscrapers, which have altered and enhanced its skyline.However, the emirate is not the only nation that intends to beat the current world record for high-rise heights.

Kingdom Holding, a property developer headquartered in Saudi Arabia, is in the process of constructing a tower in Jeddah that is expected to exceed the Burj Khalifa and reach more than a kilometre in height.

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