Dubai is getting a new building that will be ‘a notch taller than Burj Khalifa’.
In the most comprehensive release of information about the Dubai Creek Harbour project yet, the sheer size of the emirate’s ambition is now once again the envy of the world.
Among the incredible announcements made at a glittering press conference today (Sunday), was details of Santiago Calatrava’s lily-bud inspired The Tower, an iconic monument that will be the center piece of the entire development, setting a new benchmark for engineering around the world.
Standing for ‘growth, progress and the possibilities of tomorrow’, the vast slender structure is a feat of engineering genius.
Towards the top of the structure, visitors will find a 360 degree viewing deck, known as The Pinnacle Room, while the VIP Observation Decks will ‘recreate the splendour of the Hanging Gardens Of Babylon’, one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World.
The final height has not yet been announced, with officials claiming it will be a closely guarded secret until opening, much like the specifics of Burj Khalifa had been until it took the crown of ‘world’s tallest’ back in 2010.
What’s more, balconies that extend outwards will rotate around the tower, and the structural core and tension cables will be gently and dynamically illuminated. As a result, The Tower will be visible for miles around.
Five of the world’s leading architects were set the task of creating something truly spectacular, groundbreaking even. Architecture fans will note the winner’s other works, while functional, are tourist attractions in their own right, such as the City Of Arts And Sciences in Valencia, Spain, the Florida Polytechnic University in the USA, and Quarto Ponte Sul Canal Grande, Venice.
Described as both a piece of art, and as using the most advanced mathematics, engineering and physics known to man, it is expected to be one of the most significant structures ever created. It will also have a boutique hotel.
Dubai Creek Harbour as a project will stretch around 6km – twice the size of Downtown Dubai – and will be a city unto itself.
The development include nine different districts, such as The Island District, Creekside 18, Harbour Views, The Canal District and The Sanctuary District. Situated adjacent to the Ras Al Khor Natural Wildlife Sanctuary, it will boast a world class yacht club, marina and harbour, 22 hotels, 6.79 million square meters of residential space and almost twice that in retail.
An elaborate network of waterfront, eco-resorts and landscaped gardens will frame the entire area, while it will be linked to the city via the Creek Bridge.