Dubai be­gins build­ing new tallest tower

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DUBAI: Dubai be­gan con­struc­tion work yes­ter­day on a tower that will stand higher than its Burj Khal­ifa, which is cur­rently the world’s tallest sky­scraper. The Gulf emi­rate’s ruler, Sheikh Mo­hammed bin Rashid Al-Mak­toum, marked the ground­break­ing of The Tower at Dubai Creek Har­bour as con­struc­tion work­ers laid foun­da­tions for the sky­scraper at a vast patch of sand. The struc­ture “will be the world’s tallest tower when com­pleted in 2020”, said a state­ment is­sued at the cer­e­mony.

Dubai’s de­vel­oper gi­ant Emaar Prop­er­ties an­nounced plans to build the view­ing tower in April, say­ing it will be “a notch” higher than Burj Khal­ifa, which stands 828 m high. Emaar has not re­vealed the ex­act fi­nal height of the tower. It said in April that the struc­ture will cost around $1 bil­lion. De­signed by Span­ishSwiss ar­chi­tect Santiago Cala­trava Valls, the tower will have ob­ser­va­tion decks pro­vid­ing 360-de­gree views of the coastal city.

Emaar Chair­man Mo­hamed Alab­bar said the tower will be com­pleted be­fore the Expo 2020 trade fair which Dubai is pre­par­ing to host. In April, Emaar said the tower will be slen­der, evok­ing the im­age of a minaret, and will be an­chored to the ground with sturdy ca­bles. .Saudi Ara­bia’s King­dom Hold­ing is build­ing a tower in Jed­dah that is planned to sur­pass the Burj Khal­ifa.

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