Wind tests confirm structural integrity of Calatrava Dubai supertall

The Tower at Dubai Creek Harbour

Wind tunnel tests have confirmed that Santiago Calatrava’s design for a building set to eclipse the Burj Khalifa in height is structurally sound.

Emaar Properties announced the successful completion of the advanced tests for The Tower at Dubai Creek Harbour, which is set to be around 928m tall.

With wind being a major challenge in the development of high-rises, especially at very high altitudes, these tests are crucial in defining the final height and design aspects.


These tests were conducted using a scaled model, and on different sections of the project to double-check the behaviour of the building and the wind around it.

Since the structure is anchored to the ground with cables, some of these tests were developed for the first time in this field. The successful completion as well as a comprehensive range of seismic and local climate studies ensures The Tower’s development to the highest standards of quality and safety, say Emaar.

Mohamed Alabbar, chairman of Emaar Properties, said: “An ambitious project on a never-before scale and design, The Tower at Dubai Creek Harbour demands high-precision engineering across all its facets.

“As a significant value addition to Dubai Creek Harbour, the tower is billed to attract visitors from across the world, and will serve as a beacon of hope and positivity for the city and the region. Pushing the boundaries in high-rise engineering even further, The Tower’s wind tunnel tests are an industry-first of sorts, underlining our commitment to uphold the highest standards of safety.”

Calatrava said: “From the materials selection to the technology used, every aspect of The Tower has been designed and developed according to the strictest international safety standards. The wind tunnel tests were an important component in the structural design stage, and we have deployed innovative engineering techniques to confirm the strength of the new icon.”

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