Dubai inspires Swiss mountain skyscraper project

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Dubai has provided the inspiration for plans to build Europe’s tallest tower – set to be constructed in Switzerland’s Alpine Mountains.

Swiss entrepreneur Remo Stoffel along with US-based architect Morphosis, has unveiled the design for what will become the world’s tallest hotel.

The structure is designed to reach a height of 381 metres, which, will eclipse the JW Marriott Marquis Hotel in Dubai which currently holds the record at 355 metres tall.

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According to Stoffel, who is Chairman of Dubai-based facilities management company Farnek, the inspiration for the hotel came from HH Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid the Vice President of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai.

Stoffel said: “Due to my involvement with Farnek, I travel to Dubai on a regular basis and I am always amazed at how quickly the city grows and what it has achieved. It is now home to the busiest airport in the world, tallest tower, tallest hotel, the largest shopping mall, largest man-made island, the list goes on.

“During its early development, many local, regional and international observers, some more vocal than others, were unsure that Sheikh Mohammed’s vision for Dubai would ever be realised.

“Even if the infrastructure was put in place, how would Dubai attract enough visitors to fill the thousands of new hotel rooms being built? Undeterred, Dubai stuck steadfastly to its strategy and last year it welcomed around 12 million overnight visitors and is now planning to accommodate 20 million visitors by 2020.

“That inspired me to realise my own vision, by commissioning this stunning design, which will be built in my home town of Vals within four years.”

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