Prepare to have a major crick in your neck. Pushing the boundaries of the sky are developers in Dubai, who plan to build a $1 billion skyscraper that will put the current tallest building in the world, the Burj Khalifa, to shame. Well, not to shame, per se (you can’t get much taller than the 828 meters), but it’ll still be “a notch taller.” It is unclear as of yet as to the exact unit of measurement of a “notch.”
Spearheaded by Dubai-based Emaar Properties PJSC, the project will commence at the end of June and should be completed by the World Expo of 2020, which will be hosted in the glistening Middle Eastern city. “We wanted to build a new landmark for Dubai,” said Chairman Mohamed Alabbar at a press conference on Sunday. “When we look at Downtown and the Burj Khalifa, the area is almost full to the rim.”
Dubai is no stranger to elaborate architecture and flashy projects. Already, the UAE city is working on a nearly , all part of a plan to attract some 20 million tourists by 2020. This would be double the 10 million figure the city brought in during 2012.
Described as a “gift to the city,” the building’s design was masterminded by Spanish-Swiss architect Santiago Calatrava Valls, and should serve as an “elegant monument.” According to developers, the tower will resemble a minaret, with sturdy cables anchoring the structure to the ground.
Of course, Dubai already has some competition when it comes to building the world’s tallest building. The Burj Khalifa aside, Saudi Arabia is also planning a building in Jeddah that promises to be taller than 828 meters as well — in fact, this skyscraper is said to extend more than 1 kilometer into the atmosphere.
Either way, the skylines of the Middle East are about to change, and we just can’t wait to see how they turn out.