Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, UAE Vice President and Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai, reviewed the progress at Santiago Calatrava-designed The Tower at Dubai Creek Harbour, which when completed will be 100 metres taller than Burj Khalifa.
Sheikh Mohammed was accompanied on the tour by Mohamed Alabbar, chairman of Emaar Properties, Abdullah Al Habbai, chairman of Dubai Holding, and other senior officials.
He was briefed on the milestones already achieved including the completion of foundation work and the start of work on the anchorages for the stay cables that are an integral part of design and structural support of The Tower.
The Tower 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 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.
It is expected to be completed for the Dubai Expo 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.
In October 2016, Sheikh Mohammed marked the ground-breaking of the tower, with the foundation work accomplished in a record time. More than 145 barrette piles have been laid to depths of over 72 metres to secure the super-tall structure.
“The Tower at Dubai Creek Harbour is our tribute to the nation, a new architectural marvel that will enhance our civic pride, and contribute to the economy by promoting the tourism sector. The spectacular tower will also frame a new skyline that adds to the cityscape set by Burj Khalifa,” said Alabbar.