Dubai is home to some of the most electrifying things in the world. From man-made islands and underwater restaurants to buildings kissing the skies, the Emirate has everything to make you rethink the possibilities and potential of a human mind. One such marvel is the upcoming “Dubai Creek Tower”, which would be yet another one-of-a-kind structures, surpassing imaginations and perceptions.
Here is all that you need to know about the to-be iconic structure:
What is Dubai Creek Tower?
The Dubai Creek Tower is one of the great architectural marvels in Dubai, though still under construction. It will house observational decks to have mesmerizing views of the entire city. The tower is positioned as the centrepiece of the Dubai Creek Harbour, another breakthrough project in the Emirates. It will serve as a commercial hub, though expected to be the next big tourist attraction.
Who designed it?
The Dubai Creek Tower is designed by world-renowned Spanish Architect Santiago Calatrava, in partnership with engineering giant Aurecon. The property development is managed by the city based real estate development company Emaar Properties.
Santiago Calatrava is a rockstar of architecture and design, having designed several masterpieces over the last three decades. His portfolio includes Milwaukee Art Museum (US), Turning Torso (Sweden), Peace Bridge (Canada), Margaret Hunt Bridge (US), Palace of Congresses (Spain), and the WTC Transportation Hub (US).
Aurecon is a billion-dollar engineering company, headquartered in Australia and South Africa. It has been a part of several landmark projects like City of Dreams Casino (Macau), Fusionopolis (Singapore), Landmark 81 (Vietnam), West Gate Tunnel (Australia), Eden Park Stadium (New Zealand), Eureka Tower (Australia), and Melbourne Cricket Ground (Australia). Aurecon offers state-of-the-art services in engineering, project management, and material science.
Emaar Properties is a multi-billion-dollar real estate conglomerate based in Dubai, and one of the largest in the UAE. The company has various divisions, and carries out business through over 60 companies under its belt, serving in 36 markets, including the Middle East, Africa, South Asia, Europe and North America.
What makes the Creek Tower special?
Dubai has some of the most beautiful man-made structures in the world. However, the Dubai Creek Tower is unique in every sense of the word. At the time of completion, it will be the tallest structure in the world, surpassing Burj Khalifa, the current champion, by a whopping 100 metres. In fact, the design is nothing like what the world has ever seen. Calatrava is known for his futuristic designs, and this is no exception. Inspired by the lily flower and Arabian minarets, this gravity-defying structure will redefine gold standards in architectural excellence.
Concept behind construction
The idea behind building the Dubai Creek tower was to create an engineering masterpiece which would epitomize the great Dubai Creek Harbour Project. The Tower is intended to display the highest level of craftsmanship in architecture and design brilliance, personifying the glory of the United Arab Emirates. The elegant property will have an oval-shaped bud on the top with ten observation decks. The Creek Tower will facilitate a 360-degree view of the entire city. It will have a total of 210 floors making it a global monumental icon.
Construction Duration & Costs
Construction of the Dubai Creek Tower began in October 2016, and the ground-breaking ceremony was attended by His Highness Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, the Crown Prince of Dubai. The construction is expected to be completed by the end of 2020 or in early 2021. The Tower is being built in the vicinity of the Dubai Creek, near the Ras Al Khor National Wildlife Sanctuary. The cost of construction was initially projected to be around $1 billion, however, final costs are expected to exceed projections, as the tower witnessed design alterations in course of construction.
Project developers of the Dubai Creek Tower have not revealed the exact height of the iconic tower. However, media reports have suggested that the tower would be at least a hundred metres taller than the Burj Khalifa. This makes the tower stand at a staggering 928 metres tall.
Interestingly, according to a video displayed in the Dubai Mall in August 2017, the tower could be as tall as a mindboggling 1,300+ metres. Over 20 floors out of the planned 210 will be occupied by hotels and restaurants. The structure will also house sky gardens alongside the observation decks, which might be the highest ones in the world. The top of the will emit a beacon of light, that will be visible from far and wide. Commercial and residential spaces will also be part of this larger-than-life structure, though the cost of property shall remain exorbitantly high.
Currently, Saudi Arabia is building a mammoth structure in Jeddah, named the Jeddah Tower. This structure, too, is expected to be taller than the Burj Khalifa and is due for completion by the fall of 2019. Dubai does not want to lose the prestigious title of housing the World’s Tallest Building, especially as it is holding the World EXPO in 2020. Therefore, the Emirate wants to complete the Dubai Creek Tower as early as possible. The Middle Eastern Powerhouse wishes the tower to be comparable in greatness to the Eiffel Tower while reclaiming the crown of the tallest structure for the country.