Emaar Properties unveil $1bn frontrunner for world’s tallest tower (UAE)

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Dubai's skyline is set to break records once again as Emaar Properties unveiled the design and architectural features of its $1bn Tower in Dubai Creek Harbour - a development expected to overshadow the Burj Khalifa.


HH Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, UAE Vice President and Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai, chose the design by Spanish/Swiss neo-futuristic architect Santiago Calatrava Valls from an international pitch.


The Tower serves as the core of Dubai Creek Harbour, a 6km2 development located 10 minutes from the Dubai International Airport. It is centred off Dubai Creek, and in proximity to the Ras Al Khor National Wildlife Sanctuary, protected under the UNESCO Ramsar Convention.


Mohamed Alabbar, Chairman of Emaar Properties, said: "The Tower is our tribute to the positivity, energy and optimism that Dubai and the UAE celebrate. It will be the destination for the world to visit, enjoy and celebrate life, as Dubai prepares to host the Expo 2020. With The Tower, we are delivering a compelling monument that will add long-term economic value."


Fadel Al Ali, CEO of Dubai Holding, added: "We are proud that our joint venture with Emaar will deliver a new landmark in Dubai.  Unveiling The Tower design is an important step.  It will offer an unprecedented lifestyle choice, in one of the most sought-after residential and tourist areas of Dubai."


Santiago Calatrava Valls said: "My team and I put the best of ourselves into this project, since it is a very special honour to participate. The collaboration with Emaar Properties makes it even more exciting. The design has clear reference to the classic art from the past and culture of the place while serving as a great technological achievement."


The Tower draws design inspiration from the lily and evokes the image of a minaret, a common feature and distinctive aspect of Islamic culture. The slender stem serves as the analogy for the structure, which is linked to the ground with cables. Offering 360 degree views of the city and beyond, the highlight will be The Pinnacle Room while the VIP Observation Garden Decks have been designed in reference to the 'Hanging Gardens of Babylon' The tower will also include a boutique hotel for visitors.


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