Time Out announces The Tower to be 100m taller than Burj Khalifa. Santiago Calatrava's new masterpiece will be at Dubai Creek Harbour
Time Out Dubai staff
The height of Dubai's latest landmark skyscraper, The Tower, has been announced. And it's more exciting than we imagined.
According to Mohammad Al Abbar, the group's chairman, the Dhs3.65 billion structure will be 100 metres higher than the current tallest building in the world, Burj Khalifa, which stands at a majestic 828 metres. To give you a rough idea of scale, 100 metres is the average size of a football pitch.
Officially announced last month, specifics of Santiago Calatrava’s lily-bud inspired The Tower were initially kept under wraps. However, images and video of the iconic monument whizzed around the world like wildfire. Standing for ‘growth, progress and the possibilities of tomorrow’, the vast slender structure is a feat of engineering genius.
Towards the top of the structure, visitors will find a 360 degree viewing deck, known as The Pinnacle Room, while the VIP Observation Decks will ‘recreate the splendour of the Hanging Gardens Of Babylon’, one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World.
What’s more, balconies that extend outwards will rotate around the tower, and the structural core and tension cables will be gently and dynamically illuminated. As a result, The Tower will be visible for miles around.
Five of the world's leading architects were set the task of creating something truly spectacular, groundbreaking even. Architecture fans will note the winner's other works, while functional, are tourist attractions in their own right, such as the City Of Arts And Sciences in Valencia, Spain, the Florida Polytechnic University in the USA, and Quarto Ponte Sul Canal Grande, Venice.
Described as both a piece of art, and as using the most advanced mathematics, engineering and physics known to man, it is expected to be one of the most significant structures ever created. It will also have a boutique hotel.
Dubai Creek Harbour as a project will stretch around 6km - twice the size of Downtown Dubai - and will be a city unto itself.
The development include nine different districts, such as The Island District, Creekside 18, Harbour Views, The Canal District and The Sanctuary District. Situated adjacent to the Ras Al Khor Natural Wildlife Sanctuary, it will boast a world class yacht club, marina and harbour, 22 hotels, 6.79 million square metres of residential space and almost twice that in retail.
An elaborate network of waterfront, eco-resorts and landscaped gardens will frame the entire area, while it will be linked to the city via the Creek Bridge.