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Fifth of world’s ‘supertall’ towers are in Dubai, study says

Dubai has 18 towers standing at 300m or more

Fifth of world’s ‘supertall’ towers are in Dubai, study says

Dubai has almost one-fifth of the world’s 100 ‘supertall’ buildings, a new report has found.

The emirate has 18 towers standing at 300 metres or more, and another four are in the pipeline, said a report by the Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat (CTBUH).

The majority of new 300m-plus skyscrapers are located in Asia and the Middle East, but New York remains the centre for supertall construction in the Americas.

The 100-building milestone was reached following completion of 432 Park Avenue in New York City in late December.

The report said: “With this most recent completion – the city’s seventh – New York now has the second-highest number of supertall skyscrapers in the world.

“However, Dubai continues to dominate with 18.”

The construction of supertall buildings has increased rapidly in recent years, the council added, noting that the first 50 supertall towers took 80 years to complete, between 1930 and 2010, but the total number has doubled from 50 to 100 in just five years.

Four more skyscrapers are planned in Dubai in the coming years: RP Global is to build RP One in Business Bay; Meydan Group has started work on the 100-plus-storey Entisar Tower on Sheikh Zayed Road and has proposed the 711-metre-high Dubai One in Meydan One.

Meanwhile, the Dubai Multi Commodities Centre (DMCC) unveiled the design of the circa 700m Burj 2020 tower in Jumeirah Lakes Towers last autumn, with construction expected to commence this year.

The report claimed that, across the world, more than 100 supertall skyscrapers are scheduled to complete in the next five to six years. They include the Kingdom Tower in Saudi Arabia, which at a kilometre-high on completion is planned to be the world’s tallest building, taking the accolade from Dubai’s Burj Khalifa.

With supertall skyscrapers becoming increasingly common, the ‘megatall’ (600-plus-metre) distinction will be the new ‘norm’ for the world’s tallest buildings.

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