Emaar Properties chief Mohamed Alabbar has confirmed that the developer’s new Dubai Creek Harbour tower project will be taller than the Burj Khalifa, currently the tallest in the world.
In an interview on Erin Burnett’s OutFront show on CNN, the Emaar boss said he expected work on The Tower at Dubai Creek Harbour to start next month.
Alabbar told Erin Burnett the tower would be 100 metres taller than the 828-metre Burj Khalifa.
“[It] will have a boutique hotel, few floors of gardens, restaurants, observation decks and function halls,” he said.
“The plaza will be much bigger than the [Downtown Dubai] plaza because of the sheer size of the tower and the cables… but what we will do with the plaza and how we beautify it and real estate around it will be quite a job.”
The $1 billion Tower at Dubai Creek Harbour’s design has been inspired by the Islamic “minaret” structure as well as a lily bud.
It will comprise of residential and leisure features including a 360 viewing deck ‘The Pinnacle Room’, and a VIP observation deck with landscaping meant to recreate the “splendour of the Hanging Gardens of Babylon.”
It will also feature fully glazed rotating balconies that extend outward, rotating outside the skin of the tower, as well as a boutique hotel for visitors.
The Tower was designed by Spanish architect Santiago Calatrava, the man behind Rio de Janeiro’s Museum of Tomorrow, Athen’s Olympic Sports Complex, and Malmö’s Turning Torso Tower.
The 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, not too far from the Ras Al Khor National Wildlife Sanctuary, protected under the UNESCO Ramsar Convention and home to over 67 species of water birds.
The Tower at Dubai Creek is expected to be completed for the Dubai Expo trade fair in 2020, the same year that the Kingdom Tower in Jeddah, another contender for the title of the world’s tallest building, is due to be finished.