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THE TOWER: foundations complete for Dubai’s new tallest tower



Work is well underway for The Tower at Dubai Creek Harbour, which will take the title as Dubai’s tallest building. Emaar confirmed today the pile foundations are complete and over the first structural facets will be visible soon.

In typical Dubai style even this step of the process comes with a world-first. The pile was tested to a load of over 36,000 tonnes – the maximum carried by a single foundation pile to date – in a statement of its strength and durability.

Along with the announcement Emaar has confirmed that the project is on schedule, which should mean that it’s set open ahead of Expo 2020.

Previously released plans for the estimated $1 billion structure 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.

In early 2016 it was announced that the new tower will be 100 metres taller than the Burj Khalifa, which would it taller than any other completed building in the world. However, it is unlikely that it will ever take the title as the world’s tallest, due to Saudi Arabia’s 1km Jeddah Tower which is currently being built.

A number of leading engineering companies went head-to-head with 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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