Dubai’s new ‘Tallest Tower’

Earlier this week, the Vice President and Prime Minister  of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum laid the foundation stone for the ‘The Tower’ at Dubai Creek Harbour.

Launched in April this year and slated for completion in time for Expo 2020, the cable-tied tower will be part of the Dubai Creek Harbour, a 6 sq. km. development twice the size of Emaar’s Downtown Dubai. It is centred off the Dubai Creek and neighbours the Ras Al Khor National Wildlife Sanctuary, protected under the UNESCO Ramsar Convention and home to over 67 species of water birds.

Designed by the Spanish-Swiss architect Santiago Calatrava, who was also awarded the Dubai Pavilion project at Expo 2020, the tower that will cost approximately $1bn is inspired by the Islamic ‘minaret’ structure as well as a lily bud and is expected to tower above the Burj Khalifa by a 100 meters.

The observation decks at the top of the tower will be shaped to resemble an elongated oval-shaped bud with geometric texture. The Pinnacle Room will offer 360-degree views while the VIP Observation Garden Decks will be designed around the theme of the ‘Hanging Gardens of Babylon.’

The tower will also have illumination and movement lighting, while several ‘green corridors’ will offer pedestrian access and connectivity with Dubai Creek Harbour.

Emaar has also launched high-end residences in Dubai Creek Harbour, including Dubai Creek Residences, Creekside 18, Harbour Views and Creek Horizon in The Island District.

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The units offer views of The Tower and the Dubai Creek and residents will also have access to a marina with a yacht club. A 4.5km-long Creek Boardwalk running across the Island District will offer assuring high-end retail and leisure options. Other amenities include event spaces, galleries, parks, water features.

The tower, helmed by Emaar Properties and Dubai Holding is in direct competition with another development currently on in Saudi Arabia — the Jeddah Tower that is aiming for a 1,000- metre height.

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