The new tower being built at Dubai Creek Harbour by Emaar Properties will be 100 metres taller than the Burj Khalifa, according to Emaar Properties’ chairman Mohamed Alabbar.
According to CNN, Mr Alabbar has said that work will start on the project to build the tower next month. Designed by Spanish-Swiss architect Santiago Calatrava, the new cable-tied tower is planned as the centrepiece to a major new district based on the banks of Dubai’s creek close to the wildlife sanctuary at Ras Al Khor.
When unveiling the tower in April, Emaar Properties said that the area that will be twice as big as Downtown Dubai, with a footprint of 1,200 hectares, compared with 500 in Downtown Dubai. It will have 2km of creekside waterfront and will house 679 million sq m of residential space, 851,000 sq m of commercial property, 22 hotels with 4,400 rooms and 11.16 million square metres of retail. By comparison, Dubai Mall has an overall footprint of 1.1 million sq m.
During his interview with CNN, Mr Alabbar said that a mall within the new district would be substantially larger than Dubai Mall.
“Our [Dubai Mall] corridors, even though when we designed it are 30 per cent bigger than traditional shopping mall corridors, we still got it wrong. I think we need to do more. We need to get it a little bit bigger,” he said.
“But I think size is not the issue. I think architecture, technology and changing the shopping experience. With the digital world, e-commerce … you really don’t go shopping anymore. You’re going for the environment, to entertain, to eat, to communicate and to shop.”
A tower that is 100 metres taller than Burj Khalifa would be 928m, which is taller than anything currently standing in the world, but not as tall as the 1km-plus Jeddah Tower currently being built in Saudi Arabia. It is due to be delivered in 2019, while the target for Emaar Properties’ Dubai Creek tower is for it to be ready by the time Dubai’s Expo 2020 begins in the following year.
The tower will house a boutique hotel, vertical gardens, a 360-degree observation platform, restaurants and function hall spaces.
At the tower’s launch, Spanish-Swiss architect Santiago Calatrava said that its construction was likely to be separated into three packages, with one contractor responsible for the piling work, another for the tower’s main concrete base and a third for steelwork, including fabrication of cables which will be the longest ever used on a structure.
“Certainly, we want to start on the foundations very soon,” said Mr Calatrava. “For the moment, we are concentrated on the packages we need to send out as soon as possible.”
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