This Monday, Dubai began construction work on a tower that will stand higher than its Burj Khalifa, which is currently the world’s tallest skyscraper. The tower, designed by Spanish-Swiss architect Santiago Calatrava, is set to be the center piece of the redevelopment of the Dubai Creek, the heart of old Dubai.  The design and architectural features of The Tower demand unique engineering approaches that are currently being implemented on site.

Courtesy of Santiago Calatrava

Courtesy of Santiago Calatrava

“The building’s design is inspired by the Islamic tradition, evoking the same history that brought the world the Alhambra and the Mosque of Cordoba. These architectural marvels combine elegance and beauty with math and geometry. The design of the tower of Dubai Creek Harbor is rooted in classical art and the culture of Dubai itself. It is also a major technological achievement. Throughout my career I have used technology and engineering as a vehicle for beauty and art. This project is an artistic achievement, inspired by the goal of making this space a meeting point for citizens, not only from Dubai and the UAE but all across the world. It is a symbol of belief in progress,” commented Calatrava.

While the exact height of the project remains a secret, Emaar Properties has announced that the structure “will be the world’s tallest tower when completed in 2020,” said a statement issued at the ceremony. The Tower is expected to rise 3,045 feet skyward by 2020, at a cost of around $1 billion (900 million euros), according to inhabitat.

The tower will have observation decks providing 360-degree views of the coastal city. Emaar Chairman Mohamed Alabbar said the tower will be completed before the Expo 2020 trade fair which Dubai is preparing to host.

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