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Wednesday23 July 2014

Dubai plans 1km-high tower

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Developer Nakheel this weekend revealed plans for a 1km-high tower in the centre of Dubai, set to eclipse the world’s current tallest tower, the Burj Dubai.

The Nakheel Tower will form part of a 270ha development called New Dubai, which is expected to take a decade to build and cost £21billion.

The scheme, in the Jebel Ali area of Dubai, is designed by global architecture firm Woods Bagot.

The Nakheel tower

Credit: Nakheel

Nakheel said that instead of a single core the skyscraper would have four cores “inspired by Islamic patterns”.

Speaking to the Middle East press, Nakheel chief executive Chris O’Donnell claimed the global credit crisis would not affect plans for the tower. He said funds for the scheme would come from a combination of “pre-sales of land in and around the tower, and then project funding”.

The Nakheel tower

Credit: Nakheel

The announcement came a day before the start of the Cityscape 2008 event in Dubai, the Middle East equivalent of the Mipim property fair. The event is expected to attract 60,000 visitors from 150 countries and will include 1,500 exhibitors.

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  • Exciting project and inspiring. Not the most elegant. Woods Bagot, however, are from Australia who operate internationally. Don’t know of an office in the US.

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  • Whoops...Our mistake

  • Exactly what is inspiring about this? It's really, really tall?

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  • I wouldnt say its just really really tall..its more like challenging out contemporary architect's and engineers..see what our urban design and developement has to offer. Its quite interesting to see they are pushing the limits to the extreme.. Now thats inspiring

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  • people dont have money to eat, or to live at least in a shelter and we see the huge towers and projects are booming up.. i pray they are built to help the poor people.. Love and Peace..

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  • people dont have money to eat, or to live at least in a shelter and we see the huge towers and projects are booming up.. i pray they are built to help the poor people.. Love and Peace..

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  • Please donate some of that money to help some of the refugees in camps all over the world that are miss placed from their homes due to war to help them find refuge in a safe country with a home to live in and a new start!

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  • i do not think one km / mile high tower will be any big architectural achievement similar thoughts have been responded to by FLLW in 1950"s ------- only in a more elegant manner the proposal alongwith its surrounding structures is going to scare anybody -- architect or a common man it does seem to be an ugly way of ego ---- gratification

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