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Groundbreaking for Dubai’s new mega tower taking place today

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The ground is set to be broken today to make way for Dubai’s ‘The Tower’ – a soon-to-be iconic new building that will be 100 metres taller than the Burj Khalifa.

Khajeel Times reported that the groundbreaking is scheduled to take place today, in the heart of Dubai Creek Harbour.

When plans were initially revealed by Emaar, they said that the impressive structure would be “a notch taller than the Burj Khalifa” – which, at 828 metres, is currently the tallest building in the world.

Plans for the estimated $1 billion structure, which is expected to be finished ahead of Expo 2020, show that the supporting tension cables will be illuminated, in order to be made into a feature, allowing the grand building to be seen for miles around.

The awesome viewing deck will give a 360-degree view of the city, with rotating balconies so that visitors can enjoy the full view. The VIP viewing areas are set to be even more spectacular, recreating the Hanging Gardens of Babylon, one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World.

Emaar chairman Mohamed Alabbar said that the ambitious project “will serve as a beacon of hope and positivity for the city and the region.” This “beacon of light” is also carried through to the design, with a light shining from the top of the tower at night.

A number of leading engineering companies went head-to-head with their proposals, and the design by Santiago Calatrava Valls was eventually selected. Previous projects include Chicago Spire Tower, Calgary Peace Bridge and the Olympic Sports Complex in Athens.

The design of the tower takes inspiration from Islamic culture, the UAE’s heritage and modern architecture, in-keeping with Dubai’s reputation across the world.

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