Dubai developer Emaar has laid the foundation for the construction of what is slated to become the world’s new tallest building – The Tower at Dubai Creek Harbour, it announced on Monday.
Launched in April last year, the $1bn mixed-use building will form the centerpiece of the 6 sqkm Dubai Creek Harbour master-development, which is jointly being developed by Emaar and Dubai Holding.
The pile foundations for the new tower have been completed, a statement said.
As part of the foundation work, the pile was tested to a load of over 36,000 tonnes – the maximum carried by a single foundation pile to date, the statement added.
More than 145 barrette piles have been used to form the foundation for the new building, designed by Spanish-Swiss architect Santiago Calatrava Valls.
The first structural facets of The Tower will be visible ” in the coming days” with teams already on-site to accelerate the development work, Emaar said.
Anticipated to be completed by 2020, the Tower will beat Burj Khalifa (828 metres) as the tallest building in the world. However, the exact height of the new building has not yet been disclosed.
Designed to resemble a lily with the image of a minaret borrowed from Islamic culture, the tower will feature specially shaped observation decks. The Pinnacle Room will offer 360-degree views while the VIP Observation Garden Decks will be designed around the theme of the ‘Hanging Gardens of Babylon.’
The tower will also have illumination and movement lighting, while several ‘green corridors’ will offer pedestrian access and connectivity with Dubai Creek Harbour and Retail District, one of the largest in the world.
It will also feature a boutique hotel for visitors.
The overall Dubai Creek Harbour development includes residential projects such as Creek Gate, Harbour Gate, The Cove, Dubai Creek Residences, Creekside 18, Harbour Views and Creek Horizon homes.
It will also feature a 4.5km-long Creek Boardwalk offering high-end retail and leisure options. Other amenities include event spaces, galleries, parks, water features.