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Saudi Arabia Related Events/Initiatives

2018 Tall Building Predictions
17 Jan 2018, Chicago – CTBUH News
Check out all of our 2018 Tall Building Predictions, and dive into the full 2017 Tall Building Year in Review data report.
Vertical Transportation: Ascent & Acceleration
12 Sep 2017, Chicago – CTBUH Research
CTBUH partnered with Guinness World Records to identify the commercial building with the fastest elevator speeds and longest vertical runs.
CTBUH Explores Possibility of 2018 Middle East Conference
7-16 May 2017, Dubai – Tour Report
CTBUH Executive Director Dr. Antony Wood recently traveled to Dubai and Jeddah on a fact-finding mission to explore the possibility of holding a conference in the region in 2018.
Council Visit Reveals Insights on “World’s Next Tallest Tower"
14 May 2017, Jeddah – Tour Report
CTBUH Executive Director Dr. Antony Wood recently visited the construction site of Jeddah Tower, poised to become the world’s tallest tower and the first 1,000-plus-meter structure.
Top 12 Happenings of 2016, Month-by-Month
19 Dec 2016, Chicago – CTBUH News
Check out the Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat's top stories of 2016 for each month and take a look ahead with the Council’s monthly predictions for 2017.
Twisting Tall Buildings
18 Aug 2016, Chicago – CTBUH Research
CTBUH has released a study that looks at the recent proliferation of twisting towers creating a new generation of iconic buildings throughout the world.
Performance and Behavior of Tall Buildings for Wind Loads
13 Jan 2016, New York City – Event Report
CTBUH YPC hosted an event on wind engineering and understanding its effects on tall buildings as well as to provide insight into the engineering efforts in design of shorter buildings.
CTBUH Releases Year in Review: Tall Trends of 2014
Dec 2014 – CTBUH Journal Paper
An All-Time Record 97 Buildings of 200 Meters or Higher Completed in 2014 and 2014 showed further shifts towards Asia, and also surprising developments in building functions and structural materials.
Richard Witt on How Tall Skyscrapers Can Go
6 May 2014, Toronto – CTBUH In the Media
CTBUH Canada Chair Richard Witt talks with the Jerry Agar Show about the Kingdom Tower, the world's first kilometer high and future tallest building.
CTBUH Releases Year in Review: Tall Trends of 2012
Dec 2012 – CTBUH Journal Paper
For the first time in six years the number of tall buildings completed annually around the world declined as the effects of the global financial crisis became evident.
The Tallest 20 in 2020: Entering the Era of the Megatall
8 Dec 2011, Chicago – CTBUH Research
Within this decade we will likely witness not only the world’s first kilometer-tall building, but also the completion of a significant number of buildings over 600 meters.
CTBUH Releases Analysis of Global Population and Tall Buildings
Apr 2011 – CTBUH Journal Paper
Tall buildings are spreading across the globe at an ever-increasing rate. This study demonstrates the relationship between population and tall buildings across those countries and presents information on the average height and age of each country’s…

Featured Tall Buildings in Saudi Arabia

Al Faisaliah Center

Al Faisaliah Center, Riyadh

The Al Faisaliah Center is square in plan with the four corners joining at the top above a golden glass sphere housing a high-end restaurant and observation deck.

Jeddah Tower

Jeddah Tower, Jeddah

Jeddah Tower reaches new heights as the first building to surpass the 1,000 meter mark while standing as an icon for the country of Saudi Arabia.

Kingdom Centre

Kingdom Centre, Riyadh

Below the observation deck is an inverted parabolic arch that occupies the top third of the skyscraper creating its iconic status in the city.

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Saudi Arabia Members

The work of the Council is only possible through the support of its members, which include most of the world’s leading developers, architects, engineers, contractors and others connected with tall buildings and sustainable cities. Below is the list of current organizational members located in Saudi Arabia, sorted by membership level then alphabetically by organization name.

Supporting Contributor

Jeddah Economic Company Jeddah Economic Company
Saudi Arabia
DEV OWN PROP
Kingdom Real Estate Development Kingdom Real Estate Development
Saudi Arabia
DEV OWN FIN

Donor

Werner Voss + Partner Werner Voss + Partner
Saudi Arabia
STRC ARCH MEP

Contributor

Omrania Omrania
Saudi Arabia
ARCH ENGO INTR LAND

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CTBUH Saudi Arabia

2018 Tall Building Predictions

2018 Tall Building Predictions

17 Jan 2018, CTBUH News – Check out all of our 2018 Tall Building Predictions, and dive into the full…

Vertical Transportation: Ascent & Acceleration

Vertical Transportation: Ascent & Acceleration

12 Sep 2017, CTBUH Research – CTBUH partnered with Guinness World Records to identify the commercial…

CTBUH Explores Possibility of 2018 Middle East Conference

CTBUH Explores Possibility of 2018 Middle East Conference

7-16 May 2017, Tour Report – CTBUH Executive Director Dr. Antony Wood recently traveled to Dubai and Jeddah on…

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Bassam Al-Bassam

Country Representative

Bassam Al-Bassam
Riyadh Investment Company, Riyadh

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Mounib Hammoud

CTBUH Trustee

Mounib Hammoud
Jeddah Economic Company, Jeddah

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CTBUH Saudi Arabia Representation

CTBUH Resources on Saudi Arabia

Building Tall Skyscraper Lecture Series: How High Can We Go?

16 Mar 2017 – Building Tall Skyscraper Lecture Series
Antony Wood, CTBUH; Richard Tomasetti, Thornton Tomasetti; Ian Smith, thyssenkrupp, Gordan Gill, Adrain Smill + Gordon Gill Architecture

Saudi Arabia, Jeddah City and Jeddah Tower

18 Oct 2016 – CTBUH 2016 China Conference
Mounib Hammoud, Jeddah Economic Company

Lighting the Next Tallest Building in the World, the Jeddah Tower

18 Oct 2016 – CTBUH 2016 China Conference
Pierre Marcout, Prisme Entertainment

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Riyadh: The Metamorphosis of a City From Centerless to Polycentric

Oct 2018 – CTBUH Journal 2018 Issue IV
Fernando Pérez, IDOM

The Middle East: 30+ Years of Building Tall

Oct 2018 – CTBUH Journal, 2018 Issue IV
CTBUH Research

The Global Tall Building Picture: Impact of 2017

Feb 2018 – CTBUH Journal, 2018 Issue I
CTBUH Staff, CTBUH

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Saudi Arabia Related Videos

Building Tall Skyscraper Lecture Series: How High Can We Go?
16 Mar 2017 – Building Tall Skyscraper Lecture Series; Antony Wood, CTBUH; Richard Tomasetti, Thornton Tomasetti; Ian Smith, thyssenkrupp, Gordan Gill, Adrain Smill + Gordon Gill Architecture
Thursday, March 16, 2017. Chicago, United States of America. Hosted in collaboration with the Chicago Architecture Foundation, the first lecture of the series Building Tall features presentations by Antony Wood of CTBUH; Richard Tomasetti of…
Saudi Arabia, Jeddah City and Jeddah Tower
18 Oct 2016 – Presentation at CTBUH 2016 China Conference; Mounib Hammoud, Jeddah Economic Company
The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia has embarked on an ambitious project to construct the world’s tallest building, Jeddah Tower. Surrounding the kilometer-plus building will be a new city built out of the desert on the outskirts of Jeddah. Together, Jeddah…
Lighting the Next Tallest Building in the World, the Jeddah Tower
18 Oct 2016 – Presentation at CTBUH 2016 China Conference; Pierre Marcout, Prisme Entertainment
Following experience around the world with tall buildings and monuments, Pierre Marcout has sought to transmit his passion for highlighting monuments for new constructors and their iconic buildings. After testing monuments such as the Burj Khalifa…
Jeddah Mall: The Connection Between Jeddah Tower and the Urban Environment
18 Oct 2016 – Presentation at CTBUH 2016 China Conference; Denis Valode, Valode & Pistre Architects
The Jeddah Economic City Mall and Exhibition Center is a multi-functional installation that rises up to the challenge of making the city walkable around the Jeddah Tower. This presentation featured a discussion of what makes this project unique,…
CTBUH Video Interview – Mounib Hammoud
18 Oct 2016 – 2016 China Conference Interviews; Mounib Hammoud, Jeddah Economic Company
Mounib Hammoud of Jeddah Economic Company is interviewed by Chris Bentley during the 2016 CTBUH China Conference. Mounib discusses the Jeddah Economic City development centered around the Jeddah Tower.
CTBUH 2016 China Conference Jeddah City & Jeddah Tower Q&A
18 Oct 2016 – Presentation at CTBUH 2016 China Conference; Julian Chen, Henning Larsen Architects; Mounib Hammoud, Jeddah Economic Company; Denis Valode, Valode & Pistre Architects; Piere Marcout, Prisme Entertainment
Tuesday October 18, 2016. Shenzhen, China. Julian Chen, Henning Larsen Architects; Mounib Hammoud, Jeddah Economic Company; Denis Valode, Valode & Pistre Architects; Piere Marcout, Prisme Entertainment answer questions at the end of 2016 China…
Mega Size Mixed-Use Projects: Redefining Vertical Urbanism
17 Oct 2016 – Presentation at CTBUH 2016 China Conference; Dennis Poon, Thornton Tomasetti
Monday October 17, 2016. Shenzhen, China. Dennis Poon of Thornton Tomasetti, presents at the 2016 China Conference Session 4c: Structural & Geotechnic Engineering. As the draw to urban centers increases drastically with financial growth and global…
Interview: Nicholas Billotti
12 Nov 2015 – 2015 Awards Ceremony/Symposium Interviews; Chairman, Turner International LLC
Nicholas Billotti, Chairman, Turner International LLC, discusses the contruction industry with Chris Bentley, during the 2015 CTBUH Awards Symposium at the Illinois Institute of Technology. Billotti is the 2015 recipient of the Fazlur R. Khan…
Interview: Mounib Hammoud
27 Oct 2015 – 2015 New York Conference Interviews; Mounib Hammoud, Jeddah Economic Company
Mounib Hammoud of Jeddah Economic Company is interviewed by Chris Bentley during the 2015 CTBUH New York Conference at the Grand Hyatt New York. Mounib discusses developing the Jeddah Tower and the urban infrastructure around the building.
Kingdom Tower/Kingdom City: History in the Making
27 Oct 2015 – Presentation at CTBUH 2015 New York Conference; H.E. Abdulrahman Al-Shaikh, Ministry of Municipalities & Rural Affairs; Mounib Hammoud, Jeddah Economic Company
Jeddah Economic Company's mission to envision, to design, to build, and to manage – in short, to master plan in the fullest sense – an unprecedentedly vibrant urban center is discussed. Kingdom Tower will establish the city of Jeddah as a functional…
Elevator Designs for the Kingdom Tower
26 Oct 2015 – Presentation at CTBUH 2015 New York Conference; James Fortune, Fortune Shepler Consulting
When it is completed in 2019, the 167-story mixed-use Kingdom Tower will become the new World's Tallest Tower. It will contain multiple, stacked mixed-use population zones, including subterranean parking, building entry/amenity/retail floors, office…
From Supertall to Megatall: Analysis and Design of the Kingdom Tower Piled Raft
26 Oct 2015 – Presentation at CTBUH 2015 New York Conference; George Leventis & Alan Poeppel, Langan
As part of the booming development in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, Langan international was hired to assist in all phases of soil investigation and foundation design for the Kingdom Tower. The objective of this presentation is to present the aspects…
2015 New York Conference - Session 1b - Q&A
26 Oct 2015 – Presentation at CTBUH 2015 New York Conference; Panel Questions & Answers
Adrian Smith, Adrian Smith + Gordon Gill Architecture; Keith Brooks, ARCADIS Architects; George Leventis, Langan; and Alan Poeppel, Langan, answer questions at the end of 2015 New York Conference Session 1b: Kingdom Tower, Jeddah.
Adopting a Program Management Approach to Maximize the Benefit of ‘Vertical Cities’
26 Oct 2015 – Presentation at CTBUH 2015 New York Conference; Keith Brooks, ARCADIS
Tall buildings are bigger, better, faster and more prevalent than ever. The race among the world's cities to build the tallest, ultimate record-busting skyscraper on the planet is fast and furious. Well-executed skyscrapers can be a real economic-…
The Tall Building Impact: From Local to Global
26 Oct 2015 – Presentation at CTBUH 2015 New York Conference; Adrian Smith, Adrian Smith + Gordon Gill Architecture
Supertall towers, when done correctly, are the catalyst for the city or district around them. They give an area an identity. They increase the local economy and connect that local community to the global one. If done right, a supertall tower will put…
The Design of the Capital Market Authority Tower, Riyadh
20 Aug 2015 – Other Videos; Roger Soto, HOK
HOK's Roger Soto discusses the design of the Capital Market Authority Tower in Riyadh.
Energy-Efficient Elevator Solutions for High-Rise Buildings
16 Sep 2014 – Presentation at CTBUH 2014 Shanghai Conference; Patrick Bass, ThyssenKrupp
Maximizing capacity with smart and energy-efficient elevator solutions for the high-rise buildings of the world’s inaugural metropolitan century.
Interview: Kingdom Tower
12 Jun 2013 – 2013 London Conference Interviews; Talal Al Maiman, Kingdom Real Estate
Talal Al Maiman of Kingdom Real Estate is interviewed by Jeff Herzer during the 2013 CTBUH London Conference at The Brewery, London. Talal talks about Kingdom Tower, the world's next tallest building at over 1,000 meters, and the impact it will have…
Kingdom Tower: A New Icon for Saudi Arabia
21 Sep 2012 – Presentation at CTBUH 2012 9th World Congress, Shanghai; Talal Al-Maiman, Kingdom Real Estate
This presentation provides an introduction to, and overview of, Kingdom Tower – expected to be the world’s tallest building, at over 1,000 meters, when completed in 2017 in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia. The presentation outlines the project’s history,…
Interview: Kingdom Tower
19 Sep 2012 – 2012 Shanghai Congress Interviews; Adrian Smith, Adrian Smith + Gordon Gill Architecture
Adrian Smith of Adrian Smith + Gordon Gill Architecture is interviewed by Jeff Herzer during the 2012 CTBUH Shanghai Congress at the Jin Mao, Shanghai. Adrian discusses the future tallest building, the 1km+ Kingdom Tower in Jeddah and his experiences…
Interview: Creating Spaces
19 Sep 2012 – 2012 Shanghai Congress Interviews; Gordon Gill, Adrian Smith + Gordon Gill Architecture
Gordon Gill of Adrian Smith + Gordon Gill Architecture is interviewed by Jeff Herzer during the 2012 CTBUH Shanghai Congress at the Jin Mao, Shanghai. Gordon shares the status of the Kingdom Tower, the next tallest building at over 1,000 meters, and…
From Jin Mao to Kingdom: Search for an Asian Supertall Vernacular
19 Sep 2012 – Presentation at CTBUH 2012 9th World Congress, Shanghai; Adrian Smith, Adrian Smith + Gordon Gill Architecture
This presentation presents the evolution of Mr. Smith’s career as a designer of supertall buildings, from Shanghai’s Jin Mao Tower, completed in 1999, to Kingdom Tower, to be the world’s tallest building when completed in 2017 in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia…
Lynn S. Beedle Lifetime Achievement Award: 40 Years of Designing the Supertall
3 Nov 2011 – CTBUH "10th Annual Awards"; Adrian Smith, Adrian Smith + Gordon Gill Architecture
As one of the world’s foremost experts on supertall buildings, Adrian has contributed greatly to the development of this highly specialized building type. Adrian will discuss his life’s work in tall buildings, including landmark towers such as the…

Saudi Arabia Related Papers/Research

Riyadh: The Metamorphosis of a City From Centerless to Polycentric
Oct 2018 – CTBUH Journal 2018 Issue IV; Fernando Pérez, IDOM
Riyadh, the capital of Saudi Arabia, is a city of six million people, dominated by the automobile and laid out in a pattern of centerless, continuous sprawl. However, the city is undergoing a rather miraculous process of transformation, of a kind…
The Middle East: 30+ Years of Building Tall
Oct 2018 – CTBUH Journal, 2018 Issue IV; CTBUH Research
The Middle East region is hosting its first CTBUH International Conference since 2008. In that year, there were 119 completed buildings of 150 meters or greater height. Ten years later, there are now 387 such buildings either completed or topped…
The Global Tall Building Picture: Impact of 2017
Feb 2018 – CTBUH Journal, 2018 Issue I; CTBUH Staff, CTBUH
In 2017, 144 buildings of 200 meters’ height or greater were completed. This is the fourth record-breaking year in a row, and it brings the total number of 200-meter-plus buildings in the world to 1,319, marking an increase of 12.3% from 2016, and a…
Improving Energy Performance In Gulf-Region Residential High-Rises
8 Aug 2017 – CTBUH Journal, 2017 Issue III; Noura Ghabra & Dr. Lucelia Rodrigues, University of Nottingham; Dr. Philip Oldfield, The University of New South Wales
Energy consumption in Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) countries has been rising over the last four decades. The residential building sector alone accounts for more than 50% of all delivered energy consumption, and half of this is attributed to the use…
Stack Effect in High-Rise Buildings: A Review
1 Dec 2016 – International Journal of High-Rise Buildings Volume 5 Number 4; Sergey Mijorski, SoftSim Consult Ltd.; Stefano Cammelli, BMT Fluid Mechanics Ltd.
This technical paper presents a detailed review of the stack effect phenomenon and of the associated implications pertaining to the design and construction of high-rise buildings in regions of extreme climatic conditions. The present review is…
Saudi Arabia, Jeddah City and Jeddah Tower
17 Oct 2016 – Cities to Megacities: Shaping Dense Vertical Urbanism; Mounib Hammoud, Jeddah Economic Company
The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia has embarked on an ambitious project to construct the world’s tallest building, Jeddah Tower. Surrounding the kilometer-plus building will be a new city built out of the desert on the outskirts of Jeddah, stretching to an…
Enhancing Social-Cultural Sustainability in Tall Buildings: A Trace from Vernacular Houses
17 Oct 2016 – Cities to Megacities: Shaping Dense Vertical Urbanism; Amer Al-Jokhadar & Wassim Jabi, Cardiff University
In the age of globalization and continuous urbanization, architects have a greater responsibility to design buildings with comfortable and sustainable environments. However, solutions should not concern themselves only with utilizing technology, but…
Geotechnical Parameter Assessment for Tall Building Foundation Design
Dec 2015 – International Journal of High-Rise Buildings Volume 4 Number 4; Harry Poulos, Coffey Geotechnics; Frances Badelow, Mott MacDonald
This paper discusses the design parameters that are required for the design of high-rise building foundations, and suggests that the method of assessment for these parameters should be consistent with the level of complexity involved for various…
Elevator Designs for the Kingdom Tower
26 Oct 2015 – The Middle East: A Selection of Written Works on Iconic Towers and Global Place-Making; James Fortune, Fortune Shepler Saling Inc. Elevator Consulting
When it is completed in 2018, the mixed-use Kingdom Tower will become the new World’s Tallest Tower. It will contain multiple, stacked mixed-use population zones, including subterranean parking, building entry/amenity/ retail floors, office zone…
From Supertall to Megatall: Analysis and Design of the Kingdom Tower Piled Raft
26 Oct 2015 – The Middle East: A Selection of Written Works on Iconic Towers and Global Place-Making; George Leventis, Alan Poeppel & Konstantinos Syngros, Langan International LLC
As part of the booming development in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, Langan international was hired to assist in all phases of soil investigation and foundation design for the Kingdom Tower. The challenging geography of the site chosen for the tower…
Iconic Office Tower Propels Saudi Arabia into the New Global Century: Challenges and Innovations
26 Oct 2015 – The Middle East: A Selection of Written Works on Iconic Towers and Global Place-Making; Roger Soto, HOK; Basem Al-Shihabi, Omrania & Associates
As the centerpiece of the King Abdullah Financial District, the Capital Market Authority (CMA) Tower is evidence of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia’s economic diversification strategy. The faceted crystalline iconic structure, which rises 385 meters and…
Case Study: Kingdom Tower, Jeddah
26 Oct 2015 – The Middle East: A Selection of Written Works on Iconic Towers and Global Place-Making; Peter Weismantle & Alejandro Stochetti, Adrian Smith + Gordon Gill Architecture
During the spring of 2009, Adrian Smith + Gordon Gill Architecture (AS+GG) began working on a prototype of a mile-high tower. With an eye to the future, AS+GG’s interest was to understand the potential and challenges of creating a tower that was…
Carbon-Fiber Hoisting Technology
26 Oct 2015 – The Middle East: A Selection of Written Works on Iconic Towers and Global Place-Making; Santeri Suoranta & Jeff Montgomery, KONE
The ability to build ever higher has always pushed available technologies to their limits, including elevator technology. Traditional elevators utilizing steel ropes are limited by how high they can travel, often requiring transfer floors for…
A Tale of Towers and Cities: A Contextual Approach to Vertical Urbanism
26 Oct 2015 – The Middle East: A Selection of Written Works on Iconic Towers and Global Place-Making; Louis Becker & Julian Chen, Henning Larsen Architects
While the ever increasing global interchange of capitals and ideas have created immense opportunities and growth in cities around the world, the physical manifestation of this energy in the urban habitat risks becoming generic in the face of growing…
Adopting a Program Management Approach to Maximize the Benefit of “Vertical Cities”
26 Oct 2015 – The Middle East: A Selection of Written Works on Iconic Towers and Global Place-Making; Keith Brooks, Julio Maggi, Derek Roy & Bryony Day, ARCADIS
Tall building construction can benefit from a programmatic approach. By looking at the overall development as a whole program of works, identifying the deliverables required to achieve desired business outcomes, managing the interfaces with the…
Kingdom Tower / Kingdom City: History in the Making
26 Oct 2015 – The Middle East: A Selection of Written Works on Iconic Towers and Global Place-Making; Mounib Hammoud, CEO, Jeddah Economic Company
Jeddah Economic Company has embarked on a mission to construct Kingdom Tower, which will be the tallest building in the world upon completion. The kilometer-plus skyscraper will anchor the Kingdom City development in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, creating a…
The Tall Building Impact: From Local to Global
26 Oct 2015 – The Middle East: A Selection of Written Works on Iconic Towers and Global Place-Making; Adrian Smith & Peter Weismantle, Adrian Smith + Gordon Gill Architecture
AS+GG’s Director of Supertall Technology interviews AS+GG Partner Adrian Smith about the impact that supertall buildings have on a city’s identity, economy, ecological impact, and ultimately, its future.
World’s Highest Observation Decks
Aug 2015 – CTBUH Journal, 2015 Issue III; CTBUH Research
Perhaps no element of a tall building is more closely related to the pure pleasure of standing high in the sky and taking in the view of one’s surroundings than observation decks. Often adding an important source of revenue for the structures that…
Year in Review: Tall Trends of 2014
Dec 2014 – CTBUH Journal, 2015 Issue I; Daniel Safarik, Antony Wood, Marty Carver & Marshall Gerometta, CTBUH
An All-Time Record 97 Buildings of 200 Meters or Higher Completed in 2014 and 2014 showed further shifts towards Asia, and also surprising developments in building functions and structural materials.
The Competition for the Tallest Skyscraper - Implications for Global Ethics and Economics
Nov 2014 – CTBUH Journal, 2014 Issue IV; Christopher Michaelson, University of St. Thomas
An iconic skyscraper has aesthetic significance that may have meaning for other aspects of human experience – serving, for example, as an expression of cultural and ethical values and a symbol of economic power. This study examines the competition…
Sky Bridges – Pedestrian Circulation Through the Urban Fabric
16 Sep 2014 – CTBUH 2014 Shanghai Conference Proceedings; Bashar Kayali & Michelle Bacellar, Al Ghurair Construction
Interconnecting sky bridges provide the building occupants and pedestrians an alternative to using vehicles as a way of transport in the urban fabric. In extreme climate environments the added advantages of linked networks are immediately apparent as…
Human Scale in Vertical Urbanism
16 Sep 2014 – CTBUH 2014 Shanghai Conference Proceedings; Sudhir Jambhekar & Edward Mayer, FXFOWLE Architects
As global cities continue their horizontal sprawl, climate change bears down on our finite natural resources, and energy costs and population growth soar, it is imperative that we look to verticality in urban design to create dense, sustainable, and…
Examining King Abdullah Financial District (KAFD)
16 Sep 2014 – CTBUH 2014 Shanghai Conference Proceedings; Julian Chen, Jacob Kurek & Claude Bøjer Godefroy, Henning Larsen Architects
The quality of space between buildings has become increasingly determinative in the success of any new urban district. This paper explores the viability in creating a sustainable high density urban quarter in a desert environment, and in particular,…
The Middle East: 20 Years of Building Skyscrapers
Nov 2013 – CTBUH Journal, 2013 Issue IV; CTBUH Research
Twenty years ago, the Middle East contained only one skyscraper over 150 meters in height. It is now estimated that by the end of 2015 the region will have 289 buildings in this category.
Case Study: Kingdom Tower, Jeddah
Apr 2013 – CTBUH Journal, 2013 Issue I; Peter Weismantle & Alejandro Stochetti, Adrian Smith + Gordon Gill Architecture
Kingdom Tower in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, will be the tall building to go where no building has gone before – beyond 1,000 meters. For the first time, the team at Adrian Smith + Gordon Gill discuss at length the process that went into designing a one-…
Fast-growing Saudi Arabia Embraces Tall Buildings
Apr 2013 – CTBUH Journal, 2011 Issue I; John Harris, Jones Lang LaSalle
Amid a rapidly changing cultural and economic landscape in Saudi Arabia, John Harris, co-head of Jones Lang LaSalle’s Saudi Arabia office, discusses the shifts in the market and the Kingdom’s growing interest in building tall.
Debating Tall: The Pros and Cons of Reaching for the Sky
1 Mar 2013 – CTBUH Journal, 2013 Issue I
This issue’s cover story on Kingdom Tower details the latest quest for the industry to reach new heights. However taller doesn’t always lead to better. This month’s debate topic, “Should buildings go taller?”
Year in Review: Tall Trends of 2012
Dec 2012 – CTBUH Journal, 2013 Issue I; Kevin Brass, Antony Wood & Marty Carver, CTBUH
For the first time in six years the number of tall buildings completed annually around the world declined as the effects of the global financial crisis became evident.
Kingdom Tower: A New Icon for Saudi Arabia
Sep 2012 – CTBUH 2012 9th World Congress, Shanghai; Talal Al Maiman, Kingdom Real Estate
Kingdom Tower - expected to be the world’s tallest building, at over 1,000 meters, when completed in 2017 in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia is outlined in this paper including the project’s history, the competitive process that led to the selection of the…
Interactive Aerodynamic Design of Supertall Buildings
Sep 2012 – CTBUH 2012 9th World Congress, Shanghai; Stefano Cammelli, BMT Fluid Mechanics; Mark Lavery, Buro Happold
In order to maximize the benefit of early stage wind tunnel tests, BMT Fluid Mechanics and Buro Happold have respectively developed tools which enable dynamic wind tunnel testing workshops to be held that allow real-time optimisation of building…
Innovative Solutions to Complex Geometric Forms in Tall Buildings
Sep 2012 – CTBUH 2012 9th World Congress, Shanghai; Mark Lavery, Buro Happold & Spencer Robinson, Camden Mill
There is an trend in tall buildings towards ever more complex geometric forms, as clients and architects look to distinguish their buildings. That such buildings are becoming the norm, as opposed to merely achievable, is testament to the advances in…
From Jin Mao to Kingdom: Search for an Asian Supertall Vernacular
Sep 2012 – CTBUH 2012 9th World Congress, Shanghai; Adrian Smith, Adrian Smith + Gordon Gill Architecture
The paper traces the evolution of Mr. Smith’s career as a designer of supertall buildings, the Jin Mao Tower (1999) to Kingdom Tower, to be the world’s tallest building when completed in 2017. He discusses his contextual approach to design, which…
20 Years of High-Rise Fire Safety: From Jin Mao to Kingdom Tower
Sep 2012 – CTBUH 2012 9th World Congress, Shanghai; James H. Antell, RJA; Peter A. Weismantle, Adrian Smith + Gordon Gill Architecture
This paper will discuss the evolution of fire safety concepts in the recent generation of high rise buildings starting with “early” 1990’s designs in China and trace the development of new active and passive features that have followed and are…
Debating Tall: A Supertall Future in the US?
27 Jan 2012 – CTBUH Journal, 2012 Issue I; Adrian Smith, Adrian Smith + Gordon Gill Architecture; Paul Beitler, Beitler Real Estate Services LLC
In 1990, only 11 buildings in the world could be counted as a “supertall” (defined as a building over 300 meters tall), and all but one could be found in the United States. By the end of 2011, the number of supertall buildings in the world had risen…
The Tallest 20 in 2020: Entering the Era of the Megatall
18 Jan 2012 – CTBUH Journal, 2012 Issue I; Nathaniel Hollister & Antony Wood, CTBUH
Within this decade we will likely witness not only the world’s first kilometer-tall building, but also the completion of a significant number of buildings over 600 meters (around 2,000 feet) – that’s twice the height of the Eiffel Tower.
Tall and Urban: An Analysis of Global Population and Tall Buildings
Apr 2011 – CTBUH Journal, 2011 Issue II; CTBUH Research
Tall buildings are spreading across the globe at an ever-increasing rate. This study demonstrates the relationship between population and tall buildings across those countries and presents information on the average height and age of each country’s…

Featured Tall Buildings in Saudi Arabia

Kingdom Centre

Kingdom Centre, Riyadh

Below the observation deck is an inverted parabolic arch that occupies the top third of the skyscraper creating its iconic status in the city.

Al Faisaliah Center

Al Faisaliah Center, Riyadh

The Al Faisaliah Center is square in plan with the four corners joining at the top above a golden glass sphere housing a high-end restaurant and observation deck.

Jeddah Tower

Jeddah Tower, Jeddah

Jeddah Tower reaches new heights as the first building to surpass the 1,000 meter mark while standing as an icon for the country of Saudi Arabia.

Saudi Arabia Facts

Population 29,195,895 (2012)
Area 2,149,690 km² • 829,995 mi²
GDP $718.47 billion (2013)
150m+ Buildings 31 Completed15 Under Constr.
300m+ Buildings 3 Completed4 Under Constr.
Tallest City Riyadh
Global Ranking #21 in the world by no. of 150m+ completed buildings
Regional Ranking #3 in Middle East by no. of 150m+ completed buildings
First 150m+ Building Al Faisaliah Center (267 m, 2000)
Average Building Age 6 Years
Most Common Function Office (37%)
Most Common Material Concrete (79%)

All building-related facts are for 150m+ buildings currently in the database.

Tall Buildings in Saudi Arabia