Emaar Properties, the company behind the Burj Khalifa in the United Arab Emirate (UAE), is set to build a tower higher than the emirate’s existing record-braking skyscraper, the Burj Khalifa.
Chairman of Emaar Properties, Mohamed Alabbar told newsmen in a press conference during the week that construction will commence at the end of June and hopefully be completed before Dubai hosts the World Expo in 2020.
The new structure which is called “The Tower of Dubai Creek” will cost around $1 billion and be “a notch” taller than Burj Khalifa which stands at 828 meters high.
The tower is designed by Spanish-Swiss architect Santiago Calatrava Valls.
It will have observation decks as well as 18 to 20 floors that will host restaurants and a boutique hotel.
Alabbar said the purpose for erecting the tower, was to create an ‘elegant monument that will be celebrated by the world’.