Well-known Architect Santiago Calatrava is to design a tower taller than Burj Khalifa in Dubai. The tower will be a skyscraper that costs USD 1 billion, and will exceed the height of 828-metre Burj Khalifa, currently the world’s tallest building. The Tower will be coming up in Dubai Creek Harbour, a 6-square kilometer master development, property developer Emaar said.
“We are keeping the height quiet at this stage…probably we announce when we open up the tower. It will be notch taller than Burj Khalifa,” Emaar Properties Chairman Mohamed Alabbar said. “The total cost will be USD 1 billion,” he added. Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, had approved the selection of the design by the Spanish-Swiss neo-futuristic architect Santiago Calatrava in February 2016. The tower will be ready before Dubai hosts Expo 2020, starting October 20, 2020 to April 10, 2021.
“The Tower, with 18 usable floors, draws design inspiration from the lily and evokes the image of a minaret, which is a common feature and distinctive aspect of Islamic culture,” said architect Santiago Calatrava, who was chosen from five global companies that participated in the competition.