Dubai is Set to Build the World’s Tallest Tower with Costs Up to $1 Billion
Did you know that Dubai is set to build the world’s tallest tower? How about that the costs of building such construction will surely be up to $1 billion?
According to the Dubai’s government’s media office reports, the first foundation stone of the new structure known as The Tower, a building that will be even taller than Burj Khalifa (828 m/ 2,716 ft), was laid out by Dubai ruler Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum at Dubai Creek Harbour last week.
The Tower will be even higher than the currently world’s tallest building which is Burj Khalifa.
The building, which will be the centerpiece of the 3.7 square mile Dubai Creek redevelopment project, will be a bit taller than Burj Khalifa.
Mohamed Alabbar, the chairman of Emaar Proprieties, the same company behind the Burj Khalifa, revealed this April, when plans were first announced, that he will be behind The Tower as well.
The developers are aiming to complete its construction before the Dubai World Expo in 2020.
When they are going to build it?
Dubai’s new tower is expected to be built before the Dubai World Expo in 2020, which makes everyone wonder if they will succeed building such a construction before the time runs out.
Who came up with the idea? Who designed the soon-to-be tallest tower in the world?
Designed by Spanish-Swiss architect Santiago Calatrava Valls, the one famous for his futuristic structures such as the City of Arts and Sciences complex in Valencia, Spain and New York City’s new World Trade Centre transportation hub.
The highlights of the interior include The Pinnacle Room, a slender, streamlined structure with a needlepoint-like tip, as well as several “garden” observation decks, decorated with trees and other greenery, which will offer 360 degree views of the city.
“The Tower will also feature glass balconies that rotate outside the wall of the tower, as well as a luxury hotel and 18 to 20 floors of shops, restaurants and other tourist facilities, the company said. It will also be built in the same area as the The Address Downtown, the company’s 63-storey luxury hotel that went up in flames on New Year’s Eve last year.”
Will it be safe?
The third major skyscraper fire in Dubai since 2012 raised renewed fears about the use of highly combustible materials on the exterior facades of hundreds of skyscrapers throughout the UAE.
Officials ordered a national safety survey of the country’s existing buildings at the time and promised to tighten regulations since the incident.
“Wind engineering and seismic tests” are said to have been conducted on The Tower, while “every aspect is designed to the highest international standards, from the materials to the construction technology”, according to Emaar Properties.
When questioned in April about the potential fire risks of the soon-to-be-built new Dubai tower, Mr Alabbar noted that it is impossible to eliminate all risks.
“Safety rules are good, but can you really eliminate all risk? I don’t think human beings are able to eliminate all risk,” he told reporters in at the time.
“Risks are there as long as we are progressing…these things do happen, and you have to go and fix them and make sure if they happen, they happen to a minimum.”
Both the new tower and the Burj Khalifa will be dwarfed by Saudia Arabia’s 3,280 ft-high Jeddah Tower, which is also slated for completion in 2020.
Funding for the last phase of the $1.2billion (£800million) development was secured late last year. The Kingdom Tower, as it is also known, will accommodate the world’s highest observatory.
Do you think they will be able to pull this off?