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Design of iconic new Dubai tower revealed

Could this new project be taller than the Burj Khalifa?
Team shortlist10 Apr 2016 AT 12:04 PM
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Construction, Projects, Around town, The Tower, Emaar, News
© Twitter/DXBMediaOffice

At the beginning of February it was announced that an iconic new tower had been approved for Dubai Creek. Today, more details of the incredible project were revealed by Emaar, with The Tower set to offer the city a brand new 360 degree viewing deck.

His Highness Sheikh Mohammad Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, has approved The Tower, previously saying that it would be an architectural masterpiece on par with Burj Khalifa and the Eiffel Tower.

Reports claim that The Tower will be slightly taller than the Burj Khalifa, making it a mammoth project that could break records. However, the official height hasn’t yet been revealed, and it’s unlikely that we’ll learn the final and official stats until its opening.

Plans for the estimated $1 billion structure show that tension cables supporting the structure 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, while the VIP viewing areas are said to be even more spectacular.

And the architectural feats don’t stop there. Making the most of the view, The Tower will have balconies that rotate around the building. Emaar tweeted about the project earlier today, saying, “a glittering new icon will define Dubai’s skyline: a magnificent tower at the heart of Dubai Creek Harbour.”

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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