Plans for a £700 million tower in Dubai that will be taller than the city's famous Burj Khalifa skyscraper, the world's highest building, were unveiled today.
Although the exact height has not been revealed, developers Emaar Properties confirmed that it would be taller than the 2,716ft-high Burj Khalifa, which was completed in 2009.
Simply named The Tower, the super-skyscraper will dwarf China's Shanghai Tower (2,073ft), Saudi Arabia's Abraj Al-Bait Tower (1,972ft), New York's One World Trade Centre (1,776ft) - and will be up to three times higher than London's The Shard, the tallest building in the European Union, standing at a mere 1,016ft.
The world's tallest tower
The world's tallest tower
1/7 The Tower
Already the builders of the world's current tallest building, Burj Khalifa, Dubai-based property developer Emaar Properties has unveiled plans to build an even taller structure.
Inspired by a lily and traditional minaret towers, the new tower will offer residential accommodation including villas, apartments and penthouses; retail precincts including shops, cafes and restaurants; commercial property and 22 different hotels.
Construction is set to start in July this year in Dubai Creek Harbour and will take four years to complete. It's expected to cost $1 billion (£700 million) to build.
4/7 The Pinnacle Room
The tower will also offer a observation deck known as The Pinnacle Room. The Pinnacle Room will have fully glazed rotating balconies that extend outward, rotating outside the main skin of the tower.
5/7 Dubai Creek Harbour
Located along the historic Dubai Creek, the harbour is often called the “Riviera of the Middle East”. Each building in the harbour is designed around the waterfront.
6/7 Creekside 18
Creekside 18 consists of twin residential towers providing 450 one-, two- and three-bedroom glass fronted apartments. The reception rooms have floor to ceiling glazing and open onto a private balcony with waterfront views of the harbour.
7/7 Open plan
All homes in Creekside 18 have a open plan living and dining room.
The tower will be the centrepiece of Dubai Creek Harbour, a new waterfront destination of hotels, homes, shops and restaurants.
New apartments, villas and penthouses alongside the tower will be priced from £184,135, equating to an average of £260 sq ft, compared to £2,000 sq ft for luxury homes in prime central London.
Construction is due to begin this July, with a 2020 completion date to coincide with Dubai's World Expo. It will be built around a reinforced concrete core, tethered to the ground by a series of cables, and have a slender glass and steel façade.
“Just as Burj Khalifa serves as the centrepiece of downtown Dubai, The Tower will position Dubai Creek Harbour as one of the most desired residential and leisure destinations in the city, providing residents and visitors with a modern and luxurious environment in which to live, work and entertain," says Ahmad Al Matrooshi, managing director of Emaar Properties.
More than 19,000 UK nationals own property in Dubai and more than 850,000 tourist and business visitors now come from the UK every year, a 10 per cent year-on-year increase since 2012.
A marketing suite featuring large scale-models of the mega-development will be on the second floor of Harrods until August 2016.