Emaar Properties has announced the start of construction of The Tower at Dubai Creek Harbour, UAE.
Upon scheduled completion in 2020, The Tower will be the world's tallest building at 928m.
It will offer 360° views of the city and beyond and surpass Burj Khalifa as the tallest building in the world. However, this could be surpassed upon completion of the 1km Jeddah Tower, also in Dubai.
The Tower anchors the 6km² Dubai Creek Harbour, which is a master-planned development and a next-generation smart hub.
The Tower is designed by Spanish/Swiss architect Santiago Calatrava Valls.
Dubai Holding chairman Mohammad Al Gergawi said: "The groundbreaking is another historic moment for the UAE, as we mark the construction of another icon that will add to the UAE's civic pride. It celebrates the vision of HH Sheikh Mohammed, underlined by the recently announced 'UAE Strategy for the Future' to drive the transformational growth of the nation."
Emaar Properties chairman Mohamed Alabbar said: "Dubai is a centre of innovation for supertall structures and breakthrough developments in architecture and engineering. The Tower will be a sterling addition to the smart city that HH Sheikh Mohammed envisages. We will continue to push the frontiers of engineering to complete it in time for Expo 2020 Dubai."
Wind-engineering and seismic tests have been already completed for the project.
The main attraction of The Tower will be The Pinnacle Room.
The Tower will have dynamic illumination and movement lighting, which will make it a visual landmark during the day and night. Besides, several green corridors will offer pedestrian access and connectivity with Dubai Creek Harbour.
Image: The Tower will be the world's tallest when completed in 2020. Photo: Courtesy of PRNewswire/Emaar Properties.