The GCC's 20 tallest towers under construction

Arabian Business brings you the biggest towers under construction in the Gulf region
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20. Al Hekma Tower, Dubai \n\n(Office - 282m 925ft - 64 floors - due to be completed 2014) \n\nThe Al Hekma Tower is a 64-floor tower under construction along Sheikh Zayed Road in Dubai. (Credit: Skyscrapercity.com)
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19. City of Lights C1 Tower, Abu Dhabi \n\n(Office - 282m, 926ft - 62 floors - due to be completed 2014) \n\nThe C1 Tower is the tallest being built on the 13-tower City of Lights project at Al Reem Island. The tower, which is being built by Brookfield Multiplex, topped out earlier this month and is due for completion by the end of this year. It will house office space and is linked via a podium to C12 tower, which has been earmarked for future use as a hotel.
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18. D1 Tower, Dubai \n\n(Residential - 284m, 932ft - 80 floors - due to be completed 2013) \n\nD1 (meaning Dubai Number One) is an 80-floor, 284 m (932 ft) tall residential skyscraper that will feature skyrise lounge, private cinema, indoor pool, gymnasium and concierge services. D1 is being built on Dubai's creekside by Kele Contracting, adjacent to the site where the delayed Palazzo Versace Dubai hotel will be built.
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16. NBK Tower, Kuwait City \n\n(Office - 300m, 984ft - 70 floors - due to be completed 2016) \n\nThe 300m tower is being built for National Bank of Kuwait as its new headquarters. Piling work has recently completed on the Tower, which has a distinctive oyster-themed design created by UK-based Foster & Partners. It is being built by main contractor Al Ahmadiah, with Projacs operating as project manager.
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15. Dubai Pearl Tower, Dubai \n\n(Residential - 300m, 984ft - 73 floors - due to be completed 2016) \n\nDubai Pearl is a 73-storey, 300 m (984 ft), tall residential skyscraper under construction along Al Sufouh Road in Dubai. The $6bn project consists of four mixed-use towers connected together at the base, and by a sky bridge at the top. Once completed Dubai Pearl will accommodate 9,000 residents and its commercial sector will employ 12,000 people. The project, which is being built by Habtoor Leighton Group, was originally due to complete in 2013 but has faced several delays and construction work on the site in recent months has been limited. (Credit: ITP Images)
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14. KAFD World Trade Center, Riyadh \n\n(Office - 303m, 994ft - 67 floors - due to be completed 2014) \n\nThe Riyadh Investment Company, the building's owner, commissioned Gensler and builder Saudi Bin Laden Group, to create an iconic architectural landmark within the new the King Abdullah Financial District (KAFD).
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13. Burj Rafal, Riyadh \n\n(Hotel-Residential - 308m, 1010ft - 70 floors - due to be completed 2014) \n\nThe Burj Rafal will be the tallest residential tower in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia when it completes in September. The tower, which is named after its Riyadh-based developer, is being built by Dubai Contracting Co in its first major project in the Kingdom. The $320m tower contains exclusive residential apartments on its higher floors, but the lower levels and a six-storey podium will house Kempinski's first hotel in Saudi Arabia. A soft launch of the hotel is expected to get underway after Ramadan.
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12. Lamar Tower 1, Jeddah \n\n(Office-Residential - 322m, 1056ft, 70 floors - due to be completed 2015) \n\nLamar Towers are a pair of skyscrapers currently under construction in the city of Jeddah, Saudi Arabia. Located on Jeddah Corniche, Tower 1 will be 350m (1,150 ft) tall with 72 floors above ground. Construction began in 2008 and, when completed later this year, Tower 1 will be the tallest building in Jeddah.
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11. Al Yaqoub Tower, Dubai \n\n(Hotel-Residential - 328m, 1076ft - 69 floors - due to be complete 2013) \n\nThe Al Yaqoub Tower is a 328 m (1,076 ft) tall skyscraper being built along Sheikh Zayed Road near to Dubai International Financial Centre. The tower topped out in 2010 and is expected to complete construction soon. Once it does, the building will become the second- tallest clock tower in the world behind Abraj Al Bait Clock Tower in Mecca.
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10. The Skyscraper, Dubai \n\n(Office - 330m, 1083ft - 66 floors) \n\nThe Skyscraper is a 66 storey, 330m (1,083 ft) tall skyscraper under construction in Business Bay, Dubai.
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9. Gate of Kuwait Tower, Kuwait City \n\n(office-hotel - 330m, 1083ft - 80 floors - due to be completed 2015) \n\nGate of Kuwait is an 84-storey, 320-metre (1,050 ft) building is planned to be used as a five-star hotel, office space, multi-storey car park, convention centre and high-end retail space.
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8. DAMAC Residenze, Dubai \n\n(residential, 335m, 1099ft - 86 floors - due to be completed 2016) \n\nDAMAC Heights is an 85-storey skyscraper under construction in Dubai Marina. The building will overlook the Palm Jumeirah. When completed in 2016, DAMAC Heights will become one of the tallest buildings in Dubai and the fourth-tallest residential building in the world, surpassed only by Pentominium, World One, and Marina 101.
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7. ADNOC Headquarters, Abu Dhabi \n\n(Office - 342m, 1122ft - 76 floors - due to be completed 2014) \n\nADNOC's new Headquarters building is to be a landmark in Abu Dhabi. The 69-storey structure, built close to the Emirates Palace Hotel, is being designed for a LEED Gold rating. The main tower is comprised of a solid frame where mechanical cores are located and a monolithic glass tower inside. The solid frame?s mechanical cores are meant to aid in blocking the harsh Western and Eastern sun exposure enabling office layout flexibility. The south double-skin facade utilizes photo voltaic glazing while the north skin facade is formed by special elements that help to characterize the building as a high-tech architectural structure. The office space is to be primarily located along the Northern perimeter. This accommodates waterfront views for the larger portion of the office space while creating an overall openness.
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6. Ahmed Abdul Rahim Al Attar Tower, Dubai \n\n(Residential - 342m, 1122ft - 76 floors - due to be completed 2014) \n\nThe 76-floor residential skyscraper is under construction along Dubai's Sheikh Zayed Road. (Credit: Imre Solt)
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5. The Address, The BLVD Dubai \n\n(hotel-residential - 370m, 1214ft - 72 floors - due to be completed 2015) \n\nSituated within one of the most prestigious square kilometres of real estate in the world, The Address The BLVD, will overlook the Burj Khalifa, Burj Lake, The Dubai Fountain and The Dubai Mall.
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4. World Trade Center, Abu Dhabi - The Residences \n\n(Residential - 381m, 1251ft - 88 floors - due to be completed 2013) \n\nThe 382 metre high tower is 88-floors of residential spaces with a combination of 474 apartments. Surrounded by the retail, business and entertainment of World Trade Center Abu Dhabi, the tower overlooks the Arabian Gulf and Abu Dhabi's Corniche.
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3. Capital Market Authority Headquarters, Riyadh \n\n(Office - 385m, 1263ft - 77 floors - due to be completed 2014) \n\nDesigned by HOK, in collaboration with Omrania & Associates, the tower will be among the tallest buildings in the world. Providing an anchor for the new King Abdullah Financial District, the tower will occupy 300,000 square feet of space in the top floors of the tower, which will feature 76 stories of office space.
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Diamond Tower, Jeddah \n\n(Residential - 432m 1417 - 93 floors) \n\nStarted in 2011, the Diamond Tower - located on Jeddah's cornice - will be the second tallest building in Saudi Arabia, and one of the most unique, with its twisting shape that leads to a diamond-shaped top.\n(Credit: masarat.com.sa)
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Marina 101, Dubai \n\n(Hotel-Residential - 432m, 1417ft - 101 floors - due to be completed 2014) \n\nStarted in 2007, the super-tall tower in Dubai Marina was placed on hold in 2010, but work by main contractor TAV Construction is due to be finished in April 2014 and on completion the tower will have 516 apartments and 324 hotel rooms.