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Emaar says wind tests completed on new tallest tower project

The Tower at Dubai Creek Harbour will become the city's tallest at 928 metres, dwarfing the Burj Khalifa by 100 metres

Emaar says wind tests completed on new tallest tower project

Emaar Properties on Wednesday announced the successful completion of advanced wind tunnel tests to confirm the structural strength and durability of its new tower in Dubai Creek Harbour.

The Tower at Dubai Creek Harbour, designed by Spanish-Swiss architect Santiago Calatrava, will be built in the heart of the 6 sq km master-planned community set by the Dubai Creek and will become the city's tallest at 928 metres, dwarfing the Burj Khalifa by 100 metres.

Emaar Properties said in a statement that it had commissioned a comprehensive array of wind tunnel tests for The Tower at Dubai Creek Harbour, which will feature observation decks, luxury accommodation and retail attractions.

With wind being a major challenge in the development of high-rises, especially at very high altitudes, these tests are crucial in defining the final height and design aspects, the developer said.

Mohamed Alabbar, chairman of Emaar Properties, said: "An ambitious project on a never-before scale and design, The Tower at Dubai Creek Harbour demands high-precision engineering across all its facets.

"Pushing the boundaries in high-rise engineering even further, The Tower's wind tunnel tests are an industry-first of sorts, underlining our commitment to uphold the highest standards of safety."

Calatrava added: "From the materials selection to the technology used, every aspect of The Tower has been designed and developed according to the strictest international safety standards. The wind tunnel tests were an important component in the structural design stage, and we have deployed innovative engineering techniques to confirm the strength of the new icon."

For the wind tunnel testing of The Tower at Dubai Creek Harbour, up to 12 different analysis and testing methods were used to ensure that all possible cases are considered.

It is expected to be completed in time for Dubai Expo 2020, the same year that Jeddah’s Kingdom Tower – another contender for the world's tallest building title – is due for completion.

Emaar has previously unveiled high-end residences in Dubai Creek Harbour including Dubai Creek Residences, Creekside 18, and Harbour Views homes in The Island District.

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