Beat the Burj

Dubai is known for being home to some of the most impressive architectural marvels in modern history. Among them, is the tallest building ever built—the Burj Khalifa.

Now, the country has announced that it plans beat its own record by building a tower “a notch” higher than the world’s current record holder. No announcements have been yet been made regarding the final height, but the developer says that they intend to present the tower as “a gift to the city before 2020.”

A simulation of the new Emaar Properties development in Dubai. PHOTO: EMAAR PROPERTIES

A Notch Taller

To create the tower, Emaar Properties chairman Mohamed Alabbar estimates the cost to reach around $1 billion.

It will be designed by a Spanish-Swiss architect Santiago Calatrava Valls and will have observation decks plus around 18-20 floors that can be used for various commercial establishments such as restaurants and a boutique hotel.

In terms of design, they are envisioning the property to be a slender structure reminiscent of a minaret, that will be anchored to the ground with cables.

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