With construction starting soon, Emaar’s latest project is the world’s tallest tower. Emaar Properties on Sunday unveiled plans of The Tower, which will sit along the Dubai Creek, will be taller than the Burj Khalifa when complete.
Emaar aims to deliver the tower, which won't be for residential use but contain an observation deck and possibly a small hotel, before Dubai hosts the World Expo fair in 2020. It will be situated in a yet-to-be built 6-square-kilometer residential and retail district next to Dubai’s creek and adjacent to a wildlife sanctuary.
Inspired by Islamic architecture and part of the Dubai Creek Harbour development, the tower that is inspired by a blooming lily will be an architectural and engineering marvel due to its eye-catchingly slender design, the delicate mesh-like structure around it and, of course, its mammoth size. It will cost around Dhs3.67 billion to construct.
The Dubai Creek Harbour development sits near the Ras Al Khor area of Dubai. The huge under-construction suburb will feature eight million square feet of retail space, 39,000 apartments and homes, 22 hotels and another project called Dubai Twin Towers.
“The height will probably be announced when we open the tower but it will be a notch taller than the Burj Khalifa,” said Mohamed Alabbar, chairman of Emaar, at a preview event. The Burj Khalifa, also built by Emaar, currently tops out at 828 meters.
The building named as “The Tower” has been designed by Santiago Calatrava Valls, a Spanish-Swiss architect who also worked on the railway station at the rebuilt World Trade Center site in New York.