From its early days as a small fishing village at the start of the 20th century, Dubai has transformed into a truly global city from the vast palm Jumeirah formed on land reclaimed from the Arabian gulf to the seven star Burj al Arab hotel and the mega tall Burj Khalifa.
The Emirates is now synonymous with some of the world’s most impressive construction projects but the ambition scale and extremity of the city’s latest scheme will quite literally take engineering and construction to new heights. Dubai Creek Harbor is a vast residential retail and entertainment development that is set to rival the existing Downtown Dubai districts designed by Santiago Calatrava to stand at the center of this new destination. Dubai Creek tower will rise to over 1.3 kilometers in height and become the tallest structure constructed by mankind to date resembling a lily and drawing inspiration from a traditional Arabian minaret. The tower will consist of a simple shaft topped with an ovoid bold structure that houses observation decks and restaurants. Along with broadcast and telecommunications infrastructure in addition the tower will be steadied by an array of steel cables reaching up from an extensive new plaza below constructing a scheme that extends higher than any structure. The work on the 1 billion US dollar projects first commenced in October 2016 with the excavation of over 170,000 cubic meters of Earth from here the scheme’s foundations consisting of 145 piles each extending to a depth of 75 meters were formed. This process alone required more than 15,000 tons of steel and over 200 11,000 tons of concrete despite foundation works completing in May 2017 two months ahead of schedule there has been little work above ground.
Since with the project initially intended to be complete ahead of the 2022 by Expo delivery has now been postponed to 2021. While this state may still feel unfeasible for such an extreme structure the relatively simple design of the Dubai Creek tower as compared to denser fully habitable skyscrapers allows for an accelerated construction schedule. Though the towers final height of 1300 meters has been widely reported, developer Amara properties are keeping exact details of its summit under wraps in an effort to protect it from new rival proposals particularly across the Middle East and Asia. At one point three kilometers Dubai Creek Tower would easily eclipse the height of the world’s current tallest structure the 828 meters Burj Khalifa and even that of the Jeddah tower currently under construction in Saudi Arabia that is expected to stand a kilometer tall when it finally completes.
However it should be noted that while Dubai Creek tower would easily lay claim to the title of world’s tallest structure it would not be eligible to take the title of world’s tallest skyscraper away from the Burj Khalifa as it does not meet two specific skyscraper classification criteria as set out by the council on tall buildings and urban habitats firstly the tower will not be completely self-supporting partly relying on its tensioned steel cables for stability in addition to be considered a skyscraper at least 50% of a building’s total height must be habitable a threshold that Dubai Creek Tower will not reach. Technicalities aside this remarkable structure will set a new benchmark in tall building engineering further propelling mankind’s seemingly endless race for the skies and once again demonstrating on what our industry is capable of.