Video: Dubai’s new tallest tower takes shape

The $1bn mixed-use building will form the centerpiece of the 6 sqkm Dubai Creek Harbour

The Tower at Dubai Creek Harbour – slated to become the new tallest tower in Dubai – is now taking shape in the emirate.

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.

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.

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In March this year, developer Emaar confirmed that it had laid the foundation for the construction of the tower, with the pile foundations complete.

More than 145 barrette piles have been used to form the foundation for the new building.

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On Sunday, Dubai Media Office released a video on Twitter, outlining progress on site.

Designed by Spanish-Swiss architect Santiago Calatrava Valls 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 several residential projects, a 4.5km-long Creek Boardwalk offering high-end retail and leisure options, event spaces, galleries, parks and water features.