Dubai’s Marriott Marquis tallest building completed last year


Last year was the second-most successful year for completion of buildings 200m or more in height.

A total of  73 such structures were completed, second only to the 81 in 2011.

Dubai’s Marriott Marquis Hotel Tower 2 was the tallest building completed in 2013 at 355m and two other UAE  towers finished were the 328m Al Yaqoub Tower in Dubai and 324m The Landmark in Abu Dhabi.


The council stated the UAE remained a dominant player in completion of 200m plus towers in 2013, with the number rising from five to 10, second only to China.

Dubai and Abu Dhabi continued apace in 2013, each completing five 200-metre-plus buildings.

Dubai has been in the top five cities for tall-building completion since 2008 when it was number one, a feat it repeated in 2010. Abu Dhabi has only once jumped Dubai’s rank, jumping to number three in 2011 with Dubai rated five.

Abu Dhabi also completed The Gate, three towers connected by a sky bridge

In 2014, CTBUH predicts that between 65 and 90 buildings of 200 metres or more will complete.

“This year will no doubt be an exciting one, and a year of continued growth,” stated the report.

Up to 13 of the scheduled completions in 2014 will be supertalls. Twisting towers will continue to be popular with and the Spine Tower in Istanbul, Turkey among the most high prfile..

The Council has also completed a study of tall building trends from 2014 to 2020.

It predicts that Saudi Arabia’s Kingdom Tower will remain the tallest on its completion until the next decade with Burj Khalifa in second place.

But the study also states that there will be a number of new buildings in the 600m plus range meaning a new term “megatall” will have to be coined.

It states China will be the focus for their  construction followed by South Korea with UAE and Saudi next on the list.

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