$1bn The Tower in Dubai will be ‘notch higher than Burj Khalifa’: Alabbar
The Tower will be ready before Dubai hosts Expo 2020
By Parag Deulgaonkar Emirates 24/7 News
Published Sunday, April 10, 2016
The Tower in Dubai Creek Harbour is a 6 square kilometer master development [All pictures: SUPPLIED]
Costing $1 billion (Dh3.67 billion), The Tower in Dubai Creek Harbour, a 6 square kilometer master development, will be a notch higher than 828-metre Burj Khalifa, the world’s tallest tower.
“We are keeping the height quiet at this stage… probably we announce when we open up the tower. It will be notch taller than Burj Khalifa,” Emaar Properties Chairman Mohamed Alabbar said on Sunday.
The total cost will be $1 billion,” he said, adding, “Of course, when it comes to financing a project like this we have to think about the revenue model. A monument like this where we will have probably close to 18 floors with different uses and a boutique hotel at the top… the company has enough resources to fund it. But I think it will probably be 50 equity and 50 debt.
“We have our own financial and revenue models that have been checked by external consultants, financial consultants and bankers and hence the 50-50 is a very comfortable model for us.”
The tower will be ready before Dubai hosts Expo 2020, starting October 20, 2020 to April 10, 2021. The emirate expects to receive over 20 million tourists during the period.
His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, had approved the selection of the design by the Spanish-Swiss neo-futuristic architect Santiago Calatrava in February 2016.
“The Tower is our tribute to the positivity, energy and optimism that Dubai and the UAE celebrate, led by a leadership committed to all-round progress. A shining beacon of hope for the world, celebrating diversity and human achievements, this new iconic landmark further highlights the country’s ambition and futuristic vision and enhance our nation’s pride,” Alabbar said.
The Tower, with 18 usable floors, draws design inspiration from the lily and evokes the image of a minaret, which is a common feature and distinctive aspect of Islamic culture, said architect Santiago Calatrava Valls, who was chosen from five global companies that participated in the competition.
The elongated oval-shaped bud and geometric texture set the template for the observation decks, while the slender stem serves as the analogy for the structure, which is engineered to its most efficient diameter.
“The tower will be linked to the ground with sturdy cables which have been inspired by the delicate ribbing of the lily leaves. The cable array gives the structure its strength, anchoring the ‘bud’ securely to the ground with technical precision using modern engineering materials,” Valls said.
Visitors will have a 360 degree views of the city, with topmost floor will be a hotel, while the VIP Observation Garden Decks will recreate the glory of the ‘Hanging Gardens of Babylon,’ one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World.
Dubai Creek Harbour, a six million square metre mixed-use development, jointly developed by Emaar and Dubai Holding, houses 3,664 office units, eight million square feet of retail space, 39,000 residential units and 22 hotels with 4,400 rooms, and Dubai Twin Towers – the tallest twin towers in the world.