The Dubai skyline, already the most iconic on the planet, is to set the bar even higher with a bold new structure hailed as a 'unique masterpiece' , it has been confirmed.
In a post on social media, HH Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Ruler Of Dubai, revealed the unnamed skyscraper would be 'equally great' as the Burj Khalifa, and 'as popular' as the Eiffel Tower, to which it bears some resemblance.
Name, height, timescale for completion, and cost have all been kept under wraps at this stage.
Set to be built on the awesome Dubai Creek Harbour site, the Emaar project 'incarnates the greatness of the Islamic architecture with new technology'.
In a series of Tweet's, Dubai Media Office wrote: "His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum has visited a new exhibition in Burj Khalifa dedicated to showcase designs for a new tower by Emaar in Dubai Creek area.
“Sheikh Mohammed has described the new tower as a unique masterpiece that will be equally great and glorious as Burj Khalifa, and as popular as the French Eiffel Tower.”
Mohamed Al Abbar, chairman of developer Emaar, who are behind Downtown Dubai as well as many other developments, added: “The masterpiece tower will be a cultural and touristic icon. Construction will start in few months and its height will only be announced once the tower is officially open.”
The team behind the design are responsible for other marvels around the world, including Chicago Spire Tower, Calgary Peace Bridge and the Athens Olympic complex. It is headed up by Santiago Calatrava Valls, who is respected around the world not only for his large scale architecture, but also as a painter and sculptor.
The Harbour provides extensive views of Downtown Dubai and the Burj Khalifa and has the natural beauty of the 25-year-old Ras Al Khor Wildlife Sanctuary - which has around 450 animal species on its 620 hectares - located nearby.
In 2014, it was revealed the area will house the world’s tallest twin towers as part of a giant mixed-use development.
The Petronas Twin Towers in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, currently hold the record at 452m and 88 floors. JW Marriott Marquis Dubai Hotel is second at 395m and 77 floors, and Jumeirah Emirates Towers, 354m and up to 56 floors, are the third tallest twin towers on the planet.