The Dubai Creek Harbour tower project will be taller than the Burj Khalifa, currently the tallest high-rise in the world, according to Emaar Properties chief Mohamed Alabbar.
In an interview on Erin Burnett’s OutFront show on CNN, he said work on Santiago Calatrav’s design is set to start next month.
Alabbar told the interviewer the tower would be 100m taller than the 828-metre Burj Khalifa.
“[It] will have a boutique hotel, few floors of gardens, restaurants, observation decks and function halls,” he said.
“The plaza will be much bigger than the [Downtown Dubai] plaza because of the sheer size of the tower and the cables… but what we will do with the plaza and how we beautify it and real estate around it will be quite a job.”
The $1bn tower concept has been inspired by the Islamic “minaret” structure as well as a lily bud.
It will comprise of residential and leisure features including a 360 viewing deck ‘The Pinnacle Room’, and a VIP observation deck with landscaping meant to recreate the “splendour of the Hanging Gardens of Babylon.”
It will also feature fully glazed rotating balconies that extend outward, rotating outside the skin of the tower, as well as a boutique hotel for visitors.
The tower was designed by Spanish-Swiss architect Calatrava, the man behind Rio de Janeiro’s Museum of Tomorrow, Athens’ Olympic Sports Complex, and Malmö’s Turning Torso Tower.
Speaking at the unveiling of the design he said: “Our generation has the capacity to make a statement and where else in the world would we want to do this?
“It is a privilege for me to be part of this, in one of the most innovative countries in the world in terms of architecture. I am thinking big thoughts, which come from the heart, to create something for future generations.
“A hundred years ago the Eiffel Tower was created and it has inspired designers and artists ever since. In all modesty, I feel so proud to be part of a similar achievement. We have the faith and belief to deliver a building which will still be there in 100 years and so young people [in the future] will say ‘they believed in us’.”
The tower will be part of the Dubai Creek Harbour, a 6km2 development twice the size of Emaar’s Downtown Dubai. It is centred off the Dubai Creek, not too far from the Ras Al Khor National Wildlife Sanctuary, protected under the UNESCO Ramsar Convention and home to over 67 species of water birds.
The Tower at Dubai Creek is expected to be completed for the Dubai Expo trade fair in 2020, the same year that the 1km Kingdom Tower in Jeddah, another contender for the title of the world’s tallest building, is due to be finished.