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Nothing is a tall order for the UAE: Skyline to continue rising

The UAE completed 9 tower construction in 2019, third in the world. More is on the horizon

26 supertall buildings 300 meters or taller were built in 2019, the most in any year The Dubai Creek Tower will be taller than the 828-metre Burj Khalifa tower when completed 2020 might be the year that the 1km high Jeddah Tower finally gets completed in Saudi Arabia

With 126 buildings 200 meters tall (660 feet) or higher constructed across the globe, 2019 was another impressive year for skyscraper construction, writes 

According to The Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat, last year’s total represents a 13.7% decline on 2018, although 26 supertall buildings 300 meters or taller were built in 2019, the most in any year. As in previous years, China is at the forefront of the boom in skyscraper construction, building 56 in total last year.

The Tianjin CTF Finance Centre was the tallest building completed anywhere in the world last year. At 530 meters tall, it’s now the joint third-tallest building in China. The second-tallest skyscraper of 2019 was the 462-meter-tall Lakhta Center in St. Petersburg, Russia.

After China, the U.S. comes a distant second in the 2019 skyscraper league with 14 completions while the UAE comes third with nine. Asia is the global hub of skyscraper construction, accounting for 69% of all completions.

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Going vertical 

Taller than Burj Khalifa, the Dubai Creek Harbour is 6-km2 development that will also feature the Dubai Creek Tower, which will be taller than the 828-metre Burj Khalifa tower when completed. The master development will also have hotels, green parks and gardens, cultural attractions, canals, pedestrian walkways, cycle paths, city bus routes and two Dubai Metro links.

Burj Jumeira is also a new super-skyscraper will be located in Dubai’s Al Sufouh district. The main tower’s design is inspired by the harmonious ripples of the country’s desert sand dunes, as well as its flowing oases. The centerpiece will stand 550 metres tall.  

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And Horizonal

The Dubai skyline contains its fair share of architectural novelties and distinctive silhouettes, according to CNN.

These include the sail-shaped Burj al Arab hotel, the twisted Cayan Tower, and the hollow eye that is the Museum of the Future.

Another striking design is set to join the collection. The $1 billion One Za’abeel project, from Japanese architects Nikken Sekkei, will resemble a giant capital “H” rising above Dubai’s business district.

The design features two podium-mounted skyscrapers of 300 and 235 meters respectively, joined by a 228-meter steel bridge that will constitute a tower in itself.

The bridge – dubbed “The Link” – will be the longest cantilever in the world, according to state-owned developer Ithra Dubai. A section of more than 60 meters will extend beyond the towers into open sky.

The 9,000-ton structure is being assembled in seven sections along a bespoke horizontal slide at podium level 25 meters above ground, before being jacked into position at a height of around 100 meters and secured to the towers.

The completed bridge will be lifted into place later this year.

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Will Jeddah tower over the world?

Could this be the year that Jeddah Tower finally gets completed in Saudi Arabia after years of delay? 

The proposed completion date of 2020 was deemed unrealistic for many years, however, recent noises hint that construction may be stepped up in the coming months so there remains a possibility that the building designed by Adrian Smith + Gordon Gill Architecture might reach its final height of around 1,000 metres by the end of the year.