New Dubai tower 100m taller than Burj Khalifa

Watch out, Burj Khalifa: you’ve got competition. The world’s tallest tower, located in Dubai, stretches 828m into the air. Soon, though, it will be dwarfed by another rival.

Emaar’s plans for the landmark development came to light earlier this year, with the company hailing the project as the emirate’s equivalent of the Eiffel Tower. Indeed, while the Paris icon was built for the Paris Expo in 1889, this new building will be in place for World Expo 2020, which is being hosted by Dubai.

While it was hoping to be taller than Burj Khalifa, though, now the exact details have been confirmed – and the gap between them is more than a couple of inches. In fact, the new building will reach 100m higher into the sky. To put that into context, that is roughly the size of a football pitch.

Simply called “The Tower”, the $1 billion megastructure will stand at the Dubai Creek Harbour, the centrepiece of a six-square-kilometre developent. The Tower is designed by Spanish architect Santiago Calatrava Valls.

“The new Burj will have cables supporting the building… the cables are almost like jewelry, and Calatrava has done a fabulous job,” Mohammad Al Abbar, Chairman of Emaar Properties, told CNN.

When finished The Tower will boast gardens, a luxury hotel, restaurants, function halls and, of course, an observation deck with views across the city.

“It will be a destination for the world to visit, enjoy and celebrate life as Dubai prepares to host the Expo 2020,” said the developer.

The project’s announcement arrives as Dubai’s real estate market begins to build stable momentum following the global financial crisis and a recent period of correction. Speaking to at the recent Dubai Property Show, Nakheel, another Dubai developer, joked about the emirate’s consistent drive to have the most eye-catching buildings in the world, despite more and more contenders springing up in other countries.

“Competition is always good!” joked Nakheel’s Chief Commercial Officer, Aqil Kazim.

“Dubai is not a very old city – it’s been around for 50 years or so,” he added. “We want to be competitive. And a lot of these [landmarks] are value propositions – having the tallest tower attracts tourists, having the biggest mall attracts a certain type of clientele.

“You will notice that the architecture of Dubai focuses a little bit on the vanity side, you’re quite right. It’s important to attract tourists on a repetitive basis – as a tourist, I want to be able to see something new every year. And that’s one thing that we’re thankful Dubai has been able to do, because it’s got this potential to grow, it’s been able to show something new every year, as opposed to maybe in the more established and developed cities. We want the wow factor!”

Construction on The Tower begins in July.