Dubai set for an iconic tower… details to be unveiled today
Emaar will build the observation tower in Dubai Creek Harbour
By Parag Deulgaonkar
Published Sunday, April 10, 2016
Emaar Properties, Dubai’s largest developer, will be unveiling to the world details of an iconic observation tower that will come up in the multi-billion-dollar Dubai Creek Harbour project.
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.
He had then said the march for sustainable development in the UAE is moving steadily to meet the aspirations of the Emirati people and described the new tower as an “architectural wonder that will be as great as Burj Khalifa and Eiffel Tower”.
The tower is inspired by Islamic architecture and fuses modern, sustainable design with the rich culture and heritage of the UAE.
The height of the tower, details on construction and completion date are likely to be unveiled by Emaar Chairman Mohamed Alabbar, who will be addressing a press conference later today (Sunday).
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.
Currently, Burj Khalifa, the world’s tallest tower in Dubai, has the world’s highest observation deck – ‘At The Top, Burj Khalifa Sky’ – on the 148th floor (555 metres). It has two other observation decks as well on 124th and 125th floor.
Dubai Multi Commodities Centre has announced plans to have a 360 degree observation deck on the 700-metre-plus Burj 2020, billed to be the world’s tallest commercial tower, while the Dubai One, set to become the world’s tallest residential tower, will house an observation deck at 655 metres.