In May 2008, the Burj Khalifa Tower became the tallest tower in the world, at 2,717 feet high (828 meters). To compete with Saudi Arabia and to keep Dubai as the home of the world’s tallest building, a new project was launched: the Dubai Creek Tower.
THE FUTURE HIGHEST TOWER IN THE WORLD
The Burj Khalifa tower is a true emblem of Dubai, and has made this emirate famous throughout the world. Every year, more than 20 million visitors come to this city and contribute greatly to its economy. It’s no wonder Dubai wants to keep its title and remain the city with the world's tallest tower no matter what, even if it means going further and further into excess.
Originally, the construction of the Dubai Creek Tower was supposed to end in 2020, just in time to celebrate the World Expo in Dubai. This gigantic tower with a very slender design will complete the already impressive Dubai Skyline. It will house stores, hotels and restaurants, but also offices and several panoramic observation decks.
To stand upright, this tower of unprecedented dimensions will require a concrete support anchored 246 feet below ground (75 meters), as well as the use of the longest steel cables in the world.
Very few images are available, but I'll let you admire the presentation video of the tower (in full screen and speakers activated 🙂).
Video source: Emaar Properties
Following initial delays, the date of the end of the construction had been postponed to 2025. However, after further delays related to lockdown measures, this tower is still very far from being completed. Its true final height is not yet known, but the Dubai Creek Tower could be the first man-made building to break through the desert clouds and exceed 3,280 feet in height (1,000 meters). Currently, only the foundations of the Dubai Creek Tower have been completed. The steel frame that will support the tower alone weighs twice as much as the Eiffel Tower.
In December 2020, Emaar Properties, the real estate company in charge of the construction of the tower, announced that the work has been stopped for the moment. Of course, the construction of the competing tower, the Jeddah tower (in Saudi Arabia), is also at a standstill, and that for the moment, the Burj Khalifa largely retains its place as the highest skyscraper in the world.
Between this tower, the Burj Al Arab, its mosques, its shopping malls, its marina and its emblematic districts, Dubai has more than enough to remain one of the most popular tourist destinations for years to come.
SPEARHEADING THE NEW DUBAI CREEK HARBOUR DISTRICT
The Dubai Creek Tower will not be a lone, isolated tower: it will be at the center of a new district of more than 2.3 square miles (6 km²) – twice the size of the current center of Dubai) – the Dubai Creek Harbour.
Hotels, gourmet restaurants, shopping malls, clubs, luxury apartments... This project, which is one of the most ambitious in the United Arab Emirates, should help Dubai take another step forward in its incredible evolution.