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Construction is officially underway for the world’s tallest tower which is set to surpass Burj Khalifa by at least 100 meters. Planned for completion in the year 2020 to mark the Dubai Expo 2020, The Tower at Dubai Creek Harbour is truly an ambitious project that reflects Dubai’s journey to be at the pinnacle of growth in various sectors.
The Dubai Creek Harbour as a project will cover around 6 kilometers, which is almost twice the size of Downtown Dubai, and will be linked to the city via the Creek Bridge. The complete project would include nine different districts. Slated for development are a world class Yacht club, Marina and Harbour with 22 hotels, 6.79 million square meter of residential space and an even more expansive area for retail stores twice that size.
Let’s take a look at some of the most interesting facts we know about The Tower:
The shining beacon of the city
The tower will take center stage at the Dubai Creek Harbour, similar to the role Burj Khalifa plays in Downtown Dubai. The project is a joint venture by Emaar Properties and Dubai Holding, located right next to the Dubai Creek. The location is widely considered the birthplace of Dubai’s history and culture, and is in close proximity to the Ras Al Khor National Wildlife Sanctuary, which is protected under the UNESCO Ramsar Convention.
The tallest and most visually stunning structure in the world
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At an estimate cost of Dhs 3.67 billion, The Tower at Dubai Creek Harbour will be the tallest man-made structure in the world. With a height of roughly 928 meters, it eclipses everything else in sight and will emit a beacon of light as it towers over the city at night.
Designed by renowned architect Santiago Calatrava, The Tower supposedly draws inspiration from the flower lily and the image of a minaret, which is a traditional and recognizable feature of Islamic culture. The oval-shaped bud on the top and the delicate geometric texture will be housing the observation decks. The summit at the top will mimic the look of a flower bud emerging into the sky.
Safe and sound engineering princples
The Tower makes full use of the most advanced technology available including mathematical and engineering principles. The main body of the tower uses the most efficient possible diameter and is linked to the ground with the help of sturdy cables. The cable array gives the structure its phenomenal strength and is used to anchor the tower. The tower’s design also includes a ‘sway’ similar to most tall structures and is unnoticeable to observers both on the tower and outside of it.
“Every building has a slight sway and even Burj Khalifa has it, but that is not something that you will notice [in The Tower]… it is well within the comfort zones and this will be one of the safest supertall structures in the world,” Micael Calatrava, son of the project architect, told Arabian Business. “You will feel most comfortable in it and we are taking care in order to make sure that the occupants of the building feel as safe as they would on the ground.”
An ancient wonder recreated
At the top of the tower, guests will be treated to a 360-degree platform known as The Pinnacle Room and the VIP Observation decks will feature a tribute to the ‘Hanging Gardens of Babylon’, one of the seven wonders of the Ancient World, in the form of Garden Decks.
The observation decks are able to rotate and emerge out of the tower to offer some of the most impressive views possible and a bird eye’s view of the city. The structure itself including the cables will be fully illuminated and its movements can be dynamically controlled. The ‘green corridors’ at the base of The Tower will offer pedestrians easy access to various sections of the Dubai Creek Harbour.