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Emaar's The Tower to be one of 'safest supertalls' in the world, says architect

‘Sway’ in 928m The Tower in Dubai will never be noticed, project architect said

Emaar's The Tower to be one of 'safest supertalls' in the world, says architect

Emaar has said ‘The Tower’ at Dubai Creek Harbour will be the world’s tallest skyscraper when it is completed in 2020.

The project's architect also revealed to Arabian Business that The Tower's design includes a 'sway', but that the motion would be unnoticable to visitors.

The Tower is to be built in the heart of the six-square-kilometre Dubai Creek Harbour development under construction by Emaar and would compete against Kingdom Tower, a 1km structure still under construction in Saudi Arabia.

The 828-metre Burj Khalifa, currently the tallest building in the world, was designed to resist winds of up to 150 kilometres per hour by swaying in movements similar to a tree, to help reduce stress on the structure.

The design of Burj Khalifa includes three wings around a central core in the shape of ‘Y’, which forms a circle, stopping at various heights to produce a series of ledges rising on the sides of the building.

“Every building has a slight sway and even Burj Khalifa has it, but that is not something that you will notice [in The Tower]… it is well within the comfort zones and this will be one of the safest supertall structures in the world,” Micael Calatrava told Arabian Business after the ground breaking of the project on Monday.

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“You will feel most comfortable in it and we are taking care in order to make sure that the occupants of the building feel as safe as they would on the ground.”

Calatrava, son of Santiago Calatrava Valls, the project architect, said the tower will be completed before Dubai hosts the Expo 2020 event.


Mohammad Alabbar (R), chairman of Emaar Properties, speaks to the press during a groundbreaking ceremony of The Tower at Dubai Creek Harbour. (Gettys)

When asked if the tower will be 100 metres higher than Burj Khalifa or more, he said: “That is what has been announced. Yes, it will be 100 metres taller than Burj Khalifa.”

In June, Emaar Properties Chairman Mohammed Alabbar had told CNN that the tower would be 100 metres taller than Burj Khalifa, while in April he said would cost $1 billion (AED3.67 billion).

Calatrava revealed they were in the process of issuing remaining tenders, without giving details on which ones were pending.

 “As you can see some tenders have been issued and awarded… there are many steps to this ‘grand’ project but we are moving extremely fast.”

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 architecture.

“The design remains the same,” Calatrava said, adding, “The notion of floors does not quite fit on this tower as there is a central core that is empty and there is only the top part that is occupied by F&B, viewing platforms and entertainment floors.”

The tower will have rotating observation decks and between six and eight high-speed passenger elevators, he revealed.

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