By Talal Malik
New world's tallest building to be built in Middle East region, double height of current record holder.
A Middle Eastern real estate company have asked British firm Hyder Consulting to design a structure that will be twice as tall as the Burj Dubai - making it the world's tallest tower.
Speaking at a construction forum in Abu Dhabi last week, Andy Davids, Hyder Consulting's director of structures, told weekly magazine MEED that the tower would be located in the Middle East region.
Contacted by ArabianBusiness.com on Thursday, Hyder Consulting's design and structures team did not provide any further details on the project.
Hyder has been working on Emaar Properties' Burj Dubai, currently the world's tallest structure being built in Dubai and scheduled to be completed by the end of 2008.
Burj Dubai, which is the world's tallest structure, has now reached a height of 604.9 metres (1985 feet) with 159 floors completed, with a final rumoured height to be 818 metres.
Burj Dubai is currently taller than the world's tallest completed building, Taiwan's Taipei 101 and more than 40 metres higher than the world's tallest free-standing structure, Toronto's CN Tower.
Three proposed sky-scraper projects in the Gulf are taking am at Burj Dubai's crown as the world's tallest.
In Saudi Arabia, Kingdom Holding has proposed the Mile High Tower in Jeddah, which would rise to 1,600 metres if completed.
Burj Mubarak Al-Kabir in Kuwait's City of Silk is proposed to be 1,001 metres and Nakheel's Al Burj in Dubai is planned to reach 1,200 metres.
ArabianBusiness.com on February 14 published the first aerial films and photos of Burj Dubai's breakthrough the 600-metre mark.
The aerial footage of the landmark building was taken via a helicopter ride over Dubai on February 2, a day after developer Emaar confirmed the 600 metre-mark had been breached.
The newswire is presenting the spectacular films and photographs as part of a landmark special report, The World Exclusive, commemorating the completion of The World islands in Dubai after nearly five years in development.
The latest aerial film of Burj Dubai can be seen after 3 minutes of the official video, The VIP Experience: Dubai and The World Islands from the Sky, and in the first four minutes of the mobile-camera video.
Full and high-resolution photos of Burj Dubai past the 600-metre mark can be found on photos section of The World Exclusive.
Babylon!!! Reminds me of the old Bible story. Here is what Wikipedia says about it: "The Tower of Babel is a structure featured in chapter 11 of the Book of Genesis, an enormous tower intended as the crowning achievement of the city of Babilu, the Akkadian name for Babylon. Babel was a city that united humanity, all speaking a single language and migrating from the east; it was the home city of the great king Nimrod, and the first city to be built after the Great Flood. The people decided their city should have a tower so immense that it would have "its top in the heavens." However, the Tower of Babel was not built for the worship and praise of God, but was dedicated to false man-made religion, with a motive of making a 'celebrated name' for the builders. - Genesis 11:4. However God, seeing what the people were doing and sinning against him, confused their languages and scattered the people throughout the earth." What a similarity!
The race in high rise buildings in the ME is unfortunately missing the point. Unlike monumental buildings (Eifel tower, Pyramids etc), buildings of commercial nature should be built to serve their intended function in the most efficient way. Just imagine an office located at floor # 180 where a typical worker normally goes up and down 2 times a day. These 4 journeys will take about an hour from the workers time?! Is this efficient? No wonder other more developed countries in Europe, Asia & America stopped took the race up to a practical limit of around 100 floors, but it appears that we in ME do not correctly understand the rules of the race.
Come on, this is old news! They said they were to give the final report to the world about how tall the tower would be and starting date of construction. But itÂ´s all silent and I really want to know what is going to happen. Anyone know anything?