Towering to glory: Foundation work for world’s tallest skyscraper completed in Dubai

Dubai will soon have the world’s tallest skyscraper ‘The Tower’, which will even surpass the present record holder Burj Khalifa (828 meters) as it will be 100 metres taller than the latter.The foundation of the building was completed this Monday.  

Spectacular view of 'The Tower', Dubai
Spectacular view of ‘The Tower’ that will define a brand new skyline for Dubai and adds tremendous value to Dubai Creek Harbour. Photo courtesy:

The Tower is situated at the Dubai Creek Harbour and is spread over an area of six kilometres. Built at a cost of USD1 billion, the building will be only a ten-minute drive from the Dubai International Airport.

The prominent features of the building include ‘The Pinnacle Room’, a slender, streamlined structure with a needlepoint-like tip, as well as several ‘garden observation decks’, decorated with trees and other greenery, which will offer 360 degree views of the city. It will recreate the splendour of ‘Hanging Gardens of Babylon,’ one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World.

The building will also have glass balconies that rotate outside the wall of the tower, as well as a luxury hotel and 18 to 20 floors of shops, restaurants and other tourist facilities.  

Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, had laid the foundation stone for the tower last year in October. It is being built by Emaar Properties and Dubai Holdings.

A record has been created about the foundation of the building. The pile was tested to a load of over 36,000 tonnes – the maximum carried by a single foundation pile to date – and a statement on its strength and durability. More than 145 barrette piles have been used to form the foundation of this building.

The Tower' is being built at a cost of USD1 billion
‘The Tower’ is being built at a cost of USD1 billion. Photo courtesy:

The new skyscraper would add incredible economic value to Dubai Creek Harbour, where Emaar has unveiled several residential projects including Creek Gate, Harbour Gate, The Cove, Dubai Creek Residences, Creekside 18, Harbour Views and Creek Horizon homes. The building is expected to be completed in 2020 ahead of Expo 2020 which will be organised during October of that year.

There will be 679 million sq metres of residential space; 851,000 sq metres of commercial property; 22 hotels with 4,400 rooms; and 11.1 million sq metres of retail in the world’s tallest tower.