Nothing symbolises Dubai’s economic prowess than Emaar Properties beating its own record and reaching for the skies again with a tower that promises to surpass Burj Khalifa, the current tallest building in the world. A glittering new icon will define Dubai’s skyline with Emaar unveiling the design elements and architectural features of a magnificent tower in the heart of Dubai Creek Harbour where I was again left in awe at looking at the designs and model of the new tower.
His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, UAE Vice President and Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai, chose the design by renowned Spanish/Swiss neo-futuristic architect, structural engineer, sculptor and painter Santiago Calatrava Valls, from a competitive international design pitch for this new landmark.
Looking at the masterplan, the Tower serves as the vibrant core of Dubai Creek Harbour, a 6 sq km world-class masterplannned development that is two times the size of Downtown Dubai and located 10 minutes from the Dubai International Airport.
The waterfront development is centred off the Dubai Creek, the cradle of Dubai’s history and culture, and in close proximity to the Ras Al Khor National Wildlife Sanctuary, protected under the UNESCO Ramsar Convention and home to over 67 species of water birds.
According to Mohamed Alabbar, Chairman of Emaar Properties, the Tower in Dubai Creek Harbour is a tribute to the positivity, energy and optimism that Dubai and the UAE celebrate, led by a leadership committed to all-round progress.
A shining beacon of hope for the world, celebrating diversity and human achievements, this new iconic landmark further highlights the country’s ambition and futuristic vision and enhance UAE’s pride. It will be the destination for the world to visit, enjoy and celebrate life, as Dubai prepares to host the Expo 2020.
The unveiling was done in the presence of Fadel Al Ali, Chief Executive Officer of Dubai Holding and Designer Santiago Calatrava Valls who mentioned that the design has clear reference to the classic art from the past and the culture of the place while serving as a great technological achievement.
The Tower at Dubai Creek Harbour draws design inspiration from the lily and evokes the image of a minaret, which is a common feature and distinctive aspect of Islamic culture. The elongated oval-shaped bud and geometric texture set the template for the observation decks.
The slender stem serves as the analogy for the structure, which is engineered to its most efficient diameter. It is linked to the ground with sturdy cables, in turn, inspired by the delicate ribbing of the lily leaves. The cable array gives the structure its strength, anchoring the ‘bud’ securely to the ground with technical precision using modern engineering materials.
Offering unprecedented experiences for 360 degree views of the city and beyond, the crowning glory of The Tower will be The Pinnacle Room opening to grand views of the sky. The VIP Observation Garden Decks recreate the splendour of the ‘Hanging Gardens of Babylon,’ one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World. An engineering marvel awaits visitors, the piece-de-resistance being the fully glazed rotating balconies that extend outward, rotating outside the skin of the tower. The tower will also have a world-class boutique hotel for visitors.
The Tower takes into consideration environmental and sustainability features that will serve as industry benchmarks. It starts with the thoughtful design with an environment-friendly tram service to be integrated for effortless access. On-foot visitors have a multitude of access points on to the plaza.
A number of green corridors are envisaged for pedestrian access and effortless connectivity with Dubai Creek Harbour, which has high-end residences, premium views of the Dubai Creek, a stylish marina with a yacht club, the adjacent Ras Al Khor natural bird sanctuary and the impressive skyline of Downtown Dubai.
A bustling 4.5km Creek Boardwalk envelopes the Island District, assuring residents unbeatable lifestyle choices. Among the nearby amenities are event spaces, galleries, fascinating water features and a trendy Vida hotel that all add to the quality of life.