Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat

United Arab Emirates Related Events/Initiatives

CTBUH Releases Year in Review: Tall Trends of 2018
Dec 2018 – CTBUH News Report
The astronomical growth in tall building construction observed over the past decade continued in 2018, though the total number of completed buildings of 200 meters’ or greater height leveled off at 143, after hitting an all-time record of 147 in…
The Middle East: 30+ Years of Building Tall
28 Nov 2018, Dubai – CTBUH Research
CTBUH has released a Tall Buildings in Numbers (TBIN) interactive data study examining the relationship between high-rise growth and population in the Middle East.
CTBUH Journal 2018 Issue IV
26 Nov 2018, Chicago – CTBUH Publication
As a special 2018 Conference issue, themed on “Polycentric Cities,” the latest CTBUH Journal focuses the evolving urban landscapes of global cities.
CTBUH 2018 Middle East Conference
20-25 Oct 2018, Dubai – Conference
The future of cities is evolving along polycentric, multi-nodal lines, with several central business districts, offering different merits to the urban inhabitant.
CTBUH 2018 Middle East Conference: Daily Highlights
21 Oct 2018, Dubai – Conference Activity
Daily highlights from all six days of the CTBUH 2018 Middle East Conference are now live and include photo galleries from the Dubai and Abu Dhabi programs and receptions.
MEP Working Group Holds Kickoff Meeting at CTBUH 2018 Conference
20 Oct 2018, Dubai – Event Report
The CTBUH MEP Working Group held its kickoff meeting as part of the wider annual Leaders Meeting at the CTBUH 2018 Middle East Conference in Dubai.
Smart Building Technology Working Group Meets at 2018 Conference
20 Oct 2018, Dubai – Event Report
The CTBUH Smart Technology Working Group held its first meeting at the CTBUH 2018 Middle East Conference, with the goal of producing a document on smart technologies for tall buildings.
Seismic Design Working Group Meets at 2018 Conference
20 Oct 2018, Dubai – Event Report
The CTBUH Performance-Based Seismic Design Working Group reconvened at the CTBUH 2018 Middle East Conference in Dubai to outline an approach for updating their 2017 technical guide.
Vertical Transportation Working Group Meets at 2018 Conference
20 Oct 2018, Dubai – Event Report
The CTBUH Vertical Transportation Working Group held a meeting at the CTBUH 2018 Middle East Conference to discuss an update of the Vertical Transportation Technical Guide.
Tall Timber Working Group Convenes at 2018 Middle East Conference
20 Oct 2018, Dubai – Event Report
The Tall Timber Working Group, assembled to create a CTBUH Technical Guide on Timber in High-Rise Buildings, established responsibilities for its members at the CTBUH 2018 Conference.
Fire Performance of Façades Working Group Meets During Conference
20 Oct 2018, Dubai – Event Report
The Fire Performance of Façades Working Group formed a breakout session during the CTBUH 2018 Middle East Conference, clarifying the focus of the group's mission.
Advisory Group Convenes at 2018 Middle East Conference
20 Oct 2018, Dubai – Event Report
The CTBUH Advisory Group had the opportunity to meet at the 2018 Middle East Conference to further hone the core mission of the group and its role in the success of the Council.
CTBUH Trustees Convene in Dubai
20 Oct 2018, Dubai – Event Report
The CTBUH Board of Trustees met for the second time in 2018, just prior to the 2018 Middle East Conference, to undertake high level discussions on the Council's future.
Urban Habitat / Urban Design Committee Meets at 2018 Conference
20 Oct 2018, Dubai – Event Report
The CTBUH Urban Habitat / Urban Design Committee met for the first time this year at the 2018 Middle East Conference in Dubai.
Record Numbers Convene at 2018 Leaders Meeting
20 Oct 2018, Dubai – Event Report
CTBUH Leaders convened on Day 1 of the 2018 Middle East Conference for updates on the year's developments and to plan for 2019.
Academic & Teaching Committee Holds Meeting at 2018 Conference
20 Oct 2018, Dubai – Event Report
The CTBUH Academic & Teaching Committee held a breakout meeting at the CTBUH 2018 Middle East Conference, discussing CTBUH’s evolving relationship to academia.
Height & Data Committee Meets at 2018 Middle East Conference
20 Oct 2018, Dubai – Event Report
The CTBUH Height and Data Committee met to discuss several key definitions of structural types, as well as some urban-scale considerations.
Regional Representatives Meet at 2018 Middle East Conference
20 Oct 2018, Dubai – Event Report
CTBUH Chapters, Regional Representatives, and Future Leaders Committees met during the Middle East Conference for a discussion on the Council's regional growth and global initiatives.
Robotics Research Project Holds First Meeting
19 Oct 2018, Dubai – CTBUH News
The CTBUH Robotics in Tall Building Construction research project steering committee held its initial kickoff meeting, just ahead of the 2018 Middle East Conference.
Skybridges Research Project Holds First Meeting
19 Oct 2018, Dubai – CTBUH News
The CTBUH Skybridges research project steering committee held its initial kickoff meeting, just ahead of the 2018 Middle East Conference.
Reminder: CTBUH 2019 Awards Submissions Due 30 September
20 Sep 2018, Dubai – Awards Event
Complete your submissions by September 30 for the CTBUH 2019 Awards, with 7 new categories and a restructured Best Tall Buildings track!
Current Delegate List Released for 2018 Middle East Conference
10 Sep 2018, Dubai – Conference Activity
We are pleased to release the list of over 1000 delegates from 52 countries registered so far for the CTBUH 2018 Middle East Conference.
Exhibiting Spots Available at CTBUH 2018 Middle East Conference
21 Aug 2018, Dubai – Conference Activity
There is one exhibition booth, one salon, and one exhibition suite remaining. Secure your company's spot at the Conference Exhibition now!
CTBUH Dubai Hosts Successful Social Event
7 Feb 2018, Dubai – Event Report
CTBUH Dubai recently hosted a social event focusing on the 2018 Top Architects and Interior Designers in the Middle East.
CTBUH Team Travels to Dubai
31 Jan 2018, Dubai – CTBUH News
CTBUH Executive Director Antony Wood and Events Manager Jessica Rinkel-Miller traveled to Dubai in preparation for the 2018 Middle East Conference.
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.
Shanghai Tower Completes Art Space Atop Damper
28 Aug 2017, Shanghai – Event Report
Officials of Shanghai Tower opened the building's highly-anticipated Summit 632 space, making it the second-highest occupiable space in the world after the Burj Khalifa, Dubai.
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.
CTBUH Releases Year in Review: Tall Trends of 2016
10 Jan 2017 – CTBUH News Report
CTBUH has determined that 128 buildings of 200 meters’ height or greater were completed around the world in 2016 – setting a new record for annual tall building completions and marking the third consecutive record-breaking year.
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.
CTBUH 'UH'PDATE October 2016
4 Oct 2016, Toronto – CTBUH News
The fourth issue of CTBUH 'UH'PDATE provides information on some of the early events and studies of the Urban Habitat / Urban Design Committee.
Global Twilight Walking Tours
25 Aug 2016, Chicago – Tour Report
The CTBUH UH/UD Committee organized its third annual Global Walking Tours in 13 cities around the world, examining public spaces in a twilight setting.
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.
CTBUH Names Tall Building Award Winners and Finalists
22 Jun 2016, Chicago – Awards Event
CTBUH is proud to announce the winners and finalists for the CTBUH 2016 Tall Building Awards, chosen from a pool of 132 submissions vying for recognition.
CTBUH Releases Year in Review: Tall Trends of 2015
Jan 2016 – CTBUH Journal Paper Report
CTBUH has determined that 106 buildings of 200 meters’ height or greater were completed around the world in 2015 – setting a new record for annual tall building completions.
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.
Warm Weather Spaces Walking Tours 2015
17 Sep 2015 – Tour Report
The CTBUH Urban Habitat / Urban Design Committee organized guided walking tours of 16 cities around the globe, focusing on urban habitats around tall buildings.
CTBUH Dubai Leads Tour of Cayan Tower
9 Jun 2015, Dubai – Event Report
CTBUH Dubai hosted a tour of Dubai's Cayan Tower, situated in the heart of the Dubai Marina. The tour was led by Dean McGrail, a CTBUH representative in UAE, and Director at WSP.
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.
Dubai Committee Holds Inaugural Event
10 Dec 2014, Dubai – Event Report
CTBUH held its Inaugural Dubai Committee Event at the Vida Downtown Hotel. The event was held to reintroduce and reinvigorate interest in the CTBUH in Dubai.
CTBUH Representatives Accompany Saudi Visit to Qatar, UAE
Oct 2014 – Tour Report
Henning Larsen Architects have been commissioned to design a sizable new headquarters building for a key Saudi organization and visited similar projects in Qatar and UAE.
CTBUH, EMI Lead Emirates Tall-Building Study Trip
23-27 Mar 2014 – Tour Report
Georges Binder, Belgium Country Leader, recently joined with Executive Master Immobilier to conduct a study trip on tall buildings to the United Arab Emirates.
CTBUH Representative Presents at Vertical Cities Conference
9 Mar 2014, Dubai – Event Report
Gurjit Singh, CTBUH Abu Dhabi City Representative, presented on Gate Towers and tall buildings trends at the Vertical Cities Conference.
CTBUH Releases Year in Review: Tall Trends of 2013
Dec 2013 – CTBUH Journal Paper
By all appearances, the small increase in the total number of tall-building completions from 2012 into 2013 is indicative of a return to the prevalent trend of increasing completions each year over the past decade.
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.
First Wave of City Representatives Appointed
1 Jul 2012, Chicago – CTBUH News
More than 35 City Representatives have been appointed in 13 countries as the CTBUH expands its network at a grass roots level.
CTBUH Leads Discussions at Cityscape Abu Dhabi
May 2012, Abu Dhabi – Event Report
CTBUH Public Affairs Manager Kevin Brass chaired the Middle East Real Estate Summit, the annual event for the regional property industry.
23 Marina Signboard Inaugurated
Mar 2012, Dubai – Event Report
23 Marina has inaugurated a CTBUH Signboard which recognizes the building as the tallest all-residential building in the world, with a height of 393 meters.
CTBUH Releases Year in Review: Tall Trends of 2011
Dec 2011 – CTBUH Journal Paper
The annual story is becoming a familiar one: 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, and now 2011 have each sequentially broke the record for the most 200 meter or higher buildings completed in a given year. Once again, more 200 m+ buildings were completed in 2011…
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…
New Country Representatives
Jan 2011, Chicago – CTBUH News
As 2011 begins, the Council is pleased to announce the extension of its global network with the addition of three new Country Representatives.
CTBUH Releases Tallest Buildings Completed in 2010
Dec 2010 – CTBUH Journal Paper
In a year dominated by news coverage of the new “World’s Tallest Building” – Burj Khalifa, Dubai – one may be surprised to learn that, besides being the year in which a building first surpassed the 600, 700, and 800-meter thresholds, 2010 has seen…
Foster + Partners on Sustainability in their Projects
3 Feb 2010 – Conference Video and PPT
Sustainability has been a central theme of Foster + Partners’ work for more than 40 years,with buildings like the Reichstag in Berlin (1992-99) and Commerzbank Headquarters in Frankfurt (1991-1997). Most recently, the design of Masdar, a 1,483-acre…
CTBUH Releases Tallest Buildings Completed in 2008
Dec 2008 – CTBUH Journal Paper
Against the backdrop of global economic crisis, 2008 witnessed the most successful year of skyscraper construction to date, with more skyscrapers constructed globally within a single year than ever before and the average height of the tallest ten…
Regional Tours, CTBUH 8th World Congress
2-6 Mar 2008, Dubai – Tour Report
Though much of the Congress was focused on Dubai, there was the opportunity for delegates to witness the incredible achievements of some of the other cities in the Middle East.
2008 Dubai 8th World Congress: Tall and Green
3-5 Mar 2008, Dubai – Conference
The Congress hosted presentations, seminars and workshops covering virtually every aspect of tall building development, with a particular emphasis on sustainability.
Social Networking Events, CTBUH 8th World Congress
2-5 Mar 2008, Dubai – Event Report
There were many social networking opportunities at the Congress including a golf outing, networking lunches, and a grand dinner.
Cultural Tours, CTBUH 8th World Congress
3-5 Mar 2008, Dubai – Tour Report
Accompanying spouses and partners were able to experience the tourist side of Dubai by undertaking one of the three sightseeing tours organized each day.
Technical Tours, CTBUH 8th World Congress
4 Mar 2008, Dubai – Tour Report
Tours to experience five seminal projects in Dubai including the Burj Dubai, the Emirates Towers, the Index Tower, the Burj Al Arab and Palm Jumeirah.
CTBUH Releases Tallest Buildings Completed in 2007
Dec 2007 – CTBUH Journal Paper
333 meters high with 72 stories and 480 suites, Rose Rotana Tower in Dubai leads the list of the 10 tallest buildings completed in 2007. The tower, which is developed by Bonyan International Investment Group, is also regarded as the world’s tallest…
CTBUH Releases Tallest Buildings Completed in 2006
Dec 2006 – CTBUH Journal Paper
Nina Tower 1 in Hong Kong, at 319 meters high, leads the list of the ten tallest buildings completed in 2006. The Sports City Tower/Aspire Tower (Doha, United Arab Emirates) at 300 meters, and Eureka Tower (Melbourne, Australia), at 296 meters, were…

Featured Tall Buildings in United Arab Emirates

Al Bahar Towers

Al Bahar Towers, Abu Dhabi

In looking to innovate high-rise design, nature and culture are the most resilient sources of inspiration.

Al Hilal Bank Tower

Al Hilal Bank Tower, Abu Dhabi

The Al Hilal Bank Tower, located on Abu Dhabi’s Al Maryah Island, is a flagship commercial development for the Al Hilal banking network.

Aldar Headquarters

Aldar Headquarters, Abu Dhabi

A perfect circle at the water's edge, Aldar's new headquarters is the centrepiece of Al Raha Beach, an exclusive new city on the outskirts of Abu Dhabi.

Burj Khalifa

Burj Khalifa, Dubai

Undoubtedly one of the wonders of the modern world, Burj Khalifa is graceful and elegant as it reaches upward with seeming ease.

Burj Mohammed Bin Rashid

Burj Mohammed Bin Rashid, Abu Dhabi

Burj Mohammed Bin Rashid is located in the heart of Abu Dhabi at the site of the old Central Market, a traditional crossroads and meeting point in the city.

Capital Gate Tower

Capital Gate Tower, Abu Dhabi

Throughout history, a strong link has existed between iconic architecture and exhibitions. One of the best known examples is Paris’ Eiffel Tower, Capital Gate is Abu Dhabi's icon.

Cayan Tower

Cayan Tower, Dubai

Standing at over 300 meters, Cayan Tower stood as the world's tallest high rise building with a twist of 90 degrees when it was completed in 2013.

Gate Towers

Gate Towers, Abu Dhabi

The Gate Towers allude to a future in which tall buildings appear at such density that many of the amenities of urban habitat on the ground can and should be replicated at height.

Iris Bay

Iris Bay, Dubai

Iris Bay integrates environmental mandates into an architecturally expressive structure that challenges traditional high-rise forms.

Marina 101

Marina 101, Dubai

With architectural elements reminiscent of art-deco design, Marina 101 stands out in a city full of supertall structures.

O-14

O-14, Dubai

O-14 is a 24-story commercial tower characterized by 1,326 openings, randomly located and varying in size, throughout the whole exterior shell.

Rolex Tower

Rolex Tower, Dubai

The tower sits amidst the exuberance that is the tall building development of Dubai’s main thoroughfare. The building comes as a breath of fresh air among the crowd of towers.

Sky Tower

Sky Tower, Abu Dhabi

Sky Tower is a 292 meter tall skyscraper in Abu Dhabi that was the city's tallest building when it completed in 2010.

Sowwah Square

Sowwah Square, Abu Dhabi

Sowwah Square stands out as consciously sustainable and warmly inviting, yet a formally disciplined project in a region where achieving such aims have historically proven difficult.

The Index

The Index, Dubai

The Index is a model for developing sustainable built environments in the Middle East region, as well as other similar climatic environments elsewhere in the world.

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United Arab Emirates 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 United Arab Emirates, sorted by membership level then alphabetically by organization name.

Supporting Contributor

Emaar Properties, PJSC Emaar Properties, PJSC
United Arab Emirates
DEV OWN FIN
National Engineering Bureau National Engineering Bureau
United Arab Emirates
ENGM ARCH MEP STRC COMP CON ENGO INTR PMNG URB

Donor

Al Ghurair Construction Al Ghurair Construction
United Arab Emirates
MATR FAC FACS FIN OWN
Hill International Hill International
China
CON COST FIN INSU LEGL PMNG
JLL JLL
United Kingdom
BACS BMNT COST ENGM FAC FIN INTR PMNG PROP STRC SURV
Jotun Jotun
United Arab Emirates
ENVE FAC MATR
JT + Partners JT + Partners
United Arab Emirates
ARCH
Select Group Select Group
United Arab Emirates
DEV
TAV Construction TAV Construction
United Arab Emirates
CON PMNG COST ENGO TRAN
WME Engineering Consultants WME Engineering Consultants
United Arab Emirates
ENGM

Contributor

Calatrava International Calatrava International
United Arab Emirates
ARCH
China Southern Glass China Southern Glass
United Arab Emirates
MATR
KEO International Consultants KEO International Consultants
Kuwait
ARCH STRC TRAN INTR LAND PMNG
Killa Design Killa Design
United Arab Emirates
ARCH
Koltay Facades Koltay Facades
United Arab Emirates
FAC
NORR Group Consultants International Limited NORR Group Consultants International Limited
United Arab Emirates
ARCH STRC MEP INTR
Technal Middle East Technal Middle East
United Arab Emirates
FACS
Uniestate Uniestate
United Arab Emirates
DEV PROP OWN

Participant

Abu Dhabi Investment Council Abu Dhabi Investment Council
United Arab Emirates
OWN
AESG AESG
United Arab Emirates
ENGM
Diar Consult Diar Consult
United Arab Emirates
ARCH URB INTR
EDGE EDGE
United Arab Emirates
ARCH INTR
Fugro Middle East Fugro Middle East
United Arab Emirates
ENGO GEO
GEO Global Engineering Consultants GEO Global Engineering Consultants
United Arab Emirates
STRC ARCH MEP CIV ENGO FIRE
Huawei Huawei
United Arab Emirates
COMP
Omniyat Middle East Real Estate Developments LLC Omniyat Middle East Real Estate Developments LLC
United Arab Emirates
DEV
Thomas Bell-Wright International Consultants Thomas Bell-Wright International Consultants
United Arab Emirates
FIRE

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CTBUH United Arab Emirates

CTBUH Releases Year in Review: Tall Trends of 2018

Dec 2018, CTBUH News Report – The astronomical growth in tall building construction observed over the past…

The Middle East: 30+ Years of Building Tall

The Middle East: 30+ Years of Building Tall

28 Nov 2018, CTBUH Research – CTBUH has released a Tall Buildings in Numbers (TBIN) interactive data…

CTBUH Journal 2018 Issue IV

26 Nov 2018, CTBUH Publication – As a special 2018 Conference issue, themed on “Polycentric Cities,” the…

More United Arab Emirates Related Events/Initiatives

Christian Vasquez

Country Representative

Christian Vasquez
National Engineering Bureau, Dubai

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CTBUH United Arab Emirates Representation

Christian Vasquez

Country Representative

Christian Vasquez
National Engineering Bureau, Dubai

CTBUH Resources on United Arab Emirates

Award Winners & Award of Excellence Recipients

The CTBUH Awards recognize projects and individuals that have made extraordinary contributions to the advancement of tall buildings and the urban environment, and that achieve sustainability at the highest and broadest level.

Winner

Award of Excellence

The World’s First Fully Functional and Permanently Occupied 3D Printed Building

31 May 2018 – CTBUH 2018 Chicago Tall+Urban Conference
Benjamin Piper, Killa Design

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

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Year in Review: Tall Trends of 2018

Dec 2018 – CTBUH Journal 2019 Issue I
CTBUH Research

Towering Aspirations in Dubai and Beyond

Oct 2018 – CTBUH Journal 2018 Issue IV
Mohamed Ali Alabbar, Emaar Properties

The Middle East: 30+ Years of Building Tall

Oct 2018 – CTBUH Journal, 2018 Issue IV
CTBUH Research

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United Arab Emirates Related Videos

The World’s First Fully Functional and Permanently Occupied 3D Printed Building
31 May 2018 – Presentation at CTBUH 2018 Chicago Tall+Urban Conference; Benjamin Piper, Killa Design
The world’s first fully functional and permanently occupied 3D printed building has been completed in Dubai, UAE. The Office of the Future building is currently the temporary home for the Dubai Future Foundation, as well as an exhibition space and…
CTBUH Dubai Committee Hosts: 2018 Top Architects and Designers in the Middle East
27 Mar 2018 – Other Videos;
A brief recap of the 2018 Top Architects and Designers in the Middle East event, hosted by the Dubai Committee on Wednesday, 7 February 2018.
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…
CTBUH Video Interview – Jon Pickard
18 Oct 2016 – 2016 China Conference Interviews; Jon Pickard, Pickard Chilton
Jon Pickard of Pickard Chilton is interviewed by Chris Bentley during the 2016 CTBUH China Conference. Jon discusses the local economic impacts of tall buildings.
CTBUH 2016 China Conference - Panel,"Tall Buildings and Context: How High Can We Go and Why Should We?"
18 Oct 2016 – Presentation at CTBUH 2016 China Conference; Ron Klemencic, Magnusson Klemencic Associates; Karl Almstead, Turner Construction Company; Andrew Nicholson, CBRE; Jon Pickard, Pickard Chilton; Ian Smith, thyssenkrup
Tuesday, October 18, 2016. Shenzhen, China. Ron Klemencic, Magnusson Klemencic Associates; Karl Almstead, Turner Construction Company; Andrew Nicholson, CBRE; Jon Pickard, Pickard Chilton; Ian Smith, thyssenkrup present in the 2016 China Conference…
CTBUH Video Interview – Abrar Sheriff
16 Oct 2016 – 2016 China Conference Interviews; Abrar Sheriff, Turner International
Abrar Sheriff of Turner International is interviewed by Chris Bentley during the 2016 CTBUH China Conference. Abrar discusses the planning and construction process for supertall and megatall building projects around the world.
Rethinking Office Space Through Creative Design: Al Hilal Bank Tower, Abu Dhabi
12 Nov 2015 – CTBUH "14th Annual Awards"; James Goettsch, Goettsch Partners
James Goettsch, CEO & Partner, Goettsch Partners, speaks at the 14th Annual Best Tall Building Symposium – Session 1 in a presentation entitled "Rethinking Office Space Through Creative Design: Al Hilal Bank Tower, Abu Dhabi,” where he provides an…
Interview: Burj Mohammed Bin Rashid
12 Nov 2015 – 2015 Awards Ceremony/Symposium Interviews; Toby Blunt, Foster + Partners; & Robert Halvorson, Halvorson and Partners
Toby Blunt, Partner, Foster + Partners, & Robert Halvorson, Principal, Halvorson and Partners, are interviewed by Chris Bentley regarding the 2015 CTBUH Best Tall Building Middle East & Africa Winner, Burj Mohammed Bin Rashid, Abu Dhabi, during the…
Interview: Al Hilal Bank Tower
12 Nov 2015 – 2015 Awards Ceremony/Symposium Interviews; James Goettsch, Goettsch Partners
James Goettsch, Chairman and CEO, Goettsch Partners, is interviewed by Chris Bentley regarding the Best Tall Building Featured Finalist, Al Hilal Bank Tower, Abu Dhabi, during the 2015 CTBUH Awards Symposium at the Illinois Institute of Technology.
A Landmark in the Heart of the City: Burj Mohammed Bin Rashid, Abu Dhabi
12 Nov 2015 – CTBUH "14th Annual Awards"; Toby Blunt, Foster + Partners; Robert Halvorson, Halvorson and Partners
Toby Blunt, Partner, Foster + Partners, and Robert Halvorson, Executive Vice President, Halvorson and Partners, speak at the 14th Annual Best Tall Building Symposium in a presentation entitled "A Landmark in the Heart of the City: Burj Mohammed Bin…
Urban Planning in Dubai, Cultural and Human Scale Context
27 Oct 2015 – Presentation at CTBUH 2015 New York Conference; Akram Ogaily, Hill International
The rapid urbanization of Dubai and regional Middle Eastern cities presents challenges with respect to the traditional local city fabric and the advent of modern high-rise towers. This presentation explores the needs for project stakeholders to…
Fazlur R. Khan Lifetime Achievement Award: Wind Engineering the World’s Tallest
6 Nov 2014 – CTBUH "13th Annual Awards"; Dr. Peter Irwin, RWDI Consulting Engineers
Peter Irwin, one of the founding partners of Rowan Williams Davies and Irwin Inc. (RWDI), has led wind engineering on many of the world’s tallest buildings, including the Petronas Towers, Taipei 101, Burj Khalifa, the Trump International Hotel &…
Interview: Cayan Tower
6 Nov 2014 – 2014 Awards Ceremony/Symposium Interviews; William Baker & George J. Efstathiou, SOM
Thursday 6th November 2014. Chicago, IL. William Baker & George Efstathiou, Skidmore, Owings & Merrill, are interviewed by Chris Bentley regarding the Best Tall Building Middle East & Africa Award winner, the Cayan Tower, during the 2014 CTBUH Awards…
Best Tall Building Middle East & Africa: The World’s Tallest Twisting Tower: Cayan Tower
6 Nov 2014 – CTBUH "13th Annual Awards"; George Efstathiou, SOM
The Cayan Tower is a luxury apartment building with a striking helical shape, turning 90 degrees over the course of its height. Each floor is identical in plan, but is set 1.2 degrees clockwise from the floor below, giving the tower a distinctive…
Interview: The Gate Towers
7 Nov 2013 – 2013 Awards Ceremony/Symposium Interviews; Gurjit Singh, Aldar Properties
Gurjit Singh, Chief Development Officer of Aldar Properties, speaks about The Gate Towers in Abu Dhabi, a Finalist for Best Tall Building Middle East and Africa. He discusses the development of a high-quality, highly efficient product to continue to…
Best Tall Building Featured Finalist: Gate Towers: Creating Urban Habitat in the Sky
7 Nov 2013 – CTBUH "12th Annual Awards"; Gurjit Singh, Aldar Properties
The Gate Towers allude to a future in which tall buildings appear at such density that many of the amenities of urban habitat on the ground can and should be replicated at height. While clearly symbolic as an ageless gesture of welcome, the towers…
Interview: Sowwah Square
7 Nov 2013 – 2013 Awards Ceremony/Symposium Interviews; James Goettsch, Goettsch Partners
James Goettsch discusses Sowwah Square, the Best Tall Building Europe Middle East & Africa Winner. The design of Sowwah Square includes many sustainable elements and James discusses how some of them changed the choices made during the design process.
Best Tall Building Middle East & Africa: Sowwah Square: A New Environmental Paradigm for the Middle East
7 Nov 2013 – CTBUH "12th Annual Awards"; James Goettsch, Goettsch Partners
Sowwah Square is consciously sustainable and warmly inviting. Its clear massing and organization helps ensure that the design will not appear dated and will continue to support pedestrian activity.
Incorporating Historic Elements in Façade Design
11 Jun 2013 – Presentation at CTBUH 2013 London Conference; Bashar Kayali, Al Ghurair Construction
The aesthetic impact of a building façade goes beyond the overall appearance of the individual building, it has the ability to define the surrounding public spaces and in many cases it translates the identity of a society with regards to its cultural…
Best Tall Building Innovation Award: Al Bahar: Innovating the Intelligent Skin
18 Oct 2012 – CTBUH "11th Annual Awards"; Peter Oborn, Aedas; Peter Chipchase, Arup
Al Bahar Towers’ innovative dynamic façade opens and closes in response to the movement of the sun, creating a more comfortable internal environment for occupants and producing a distinctive external aesthetic which helps to define the building as a…
Interview: Al Bahar Towers
18 Oct 2012 – 2012 Awards Ceremony/Symposium Interviews; Peter Oborn, Aedas; Peter Chipchase, Arup
As the inaugural winner of the Innovation Award, Peter Chipchase & Peter Oborn discuss the highly technical aspects of the Al Bahar Towers' dynamic shading system as well as their cultural context. In their interview from the 2012 Awards Symposium,…
Burj Khalifa: Creating the World’s Tallest Integrated “Vertical City”
21 Sep 2012 – Presentation at CTBUH 2012 9th World Congress, Shanghai; David Bradford, Turner International
Burj Khalifa, the world’s tallest building, is more than simply an icon for fast-growing Dubai. Emaar Properties created the world’s most dramatic example of an integrated vertical city, combining residential space, a luxury hotel, restaurants,…
Best Tall Building Middle East & Africa: The Index: Passive design for the Middle Eastern High-rise
3 Nov 2011 – CTBUH "10th Annual Awards"; Thomas Wiegand, Union Properties; Toby Blunt, Foster + Partners
The Index has a long but narrow profile which houses its mixed residential-over-office functions within its coherent but well articulated form. The tower has been carefully designed for its climatic context. The building is oriented to reduce solar…
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…
Optimizing the Structural Design and Construction Planning of the Icon Hotel, Dubai, UAE
Oct 2011 – Presentation at CTBUH 2011 Seoul Conference; Soo Gon Lee, Samsung C&T Corporation
Presentation includes a brief introduction of the Icon Hotel in Dubai (160m tall wheel shape structure with external diameter of 165m and internal diameter of 78m), structural optimization process and construction planning to ensure the structural…
Burj Khalifa - Benefits and Challenges
Oct 2011 – Presentation at CTBUH 2011 Seoul Conference; Rhys Williams, Honeywell
To provide an insight into the challenges faced, successes and lessons learned during the construction and commissioning phases of the Burj Khalifa project. To share with the audience Honeywell's experiences and how similar projects can be structured…
The Development of Full Scale Structural Health Monitoring Program for the Burj Khalifa
Oct 2011 – Presentation at CTBUH 2011 Seoul Conference; Ahmad K. Abdelrazaq, Samsung C&T
Ahmad K. Abdelrazaq presents "The Development of Full Scale Structural Health Monitoring Program for the Burj Khalifa, State of the Art Report".
Fire and Life Safety for the New Generation of Supertall Buildings
Oct 2011 – Presentation at CTBUH 2011 Seoul Conference; Peter A. Weismantle, Adrian Smith + Gordon Gill Architecture
After the events of 9/11, why are we still building not only tall buildings, but supertall buildings? The answer to that question leads to a discussion on the unprecedented trends in Globalization, Urbanization and Sustainability as well as the…
Best Tall Building Middle East & Africa: Burj Khalifa: A New Typology for Tall Buildings
21 Oct 2010 – CTBUH "9th Annual Awards"; William Baker & George J. Efstathiou, SOM
The Burj Khalifa’s unprecedented height required substantial innovation in design techniques, building systems, and construction processes. The building reaches its incredible height in a graceful and beautiful form, Y-shaped in plan and carefully…
Fazlur Khan Lifetime Achievement Medal: The Skyscraper and the Structural Process: 40 years of engineering the Supertall
21 Oct 2010 – CTBUH "9th Annual Awards"; Professor Ysrael Seinuk, Ysrael A. Seinuk; Presentation by Professor Seinuk's Daughter, Beatriz Seinuk-Ackerman
Prof. Seinuk is known as a worldwide authority on the design and construction of high-rise concrete and steel buildings. A reflection of his life's work will include significant towers such as: O-14 (2010), 785 Eighth Avenue (2009), Trump World Tower…
Improved Techniques for Vertical Transport for Supertall Buildings
5 Feb 2010 – Presentation at CTBUH 2010 Mumbai Conference; Rick Barker, Barker Mohandas
This presentation covers the innovative techniques and applied technologies for the vertical transportation system for the 1-kilometre, 200+ storey high Nakheel Tower Dubai, which started foundation work in 2008. The work will also cover other tall…
Supertalls: The Next-Generation
5 Feb 2010 – Presentation at CTBUH 2010 Mumbai Conference; William Baker, SOM
With the completion of the Burj Dubai, one is left to question: how much higher can we go? Undoubtedly, the lessons learned during the design and construction of Burj Dubai will inform the development of the next generation of supertalls. Equally…
Emergency Building Evacuations via Elevators
5 Feb 2010 – Presentation at CTBUH 2010 Mumbai Conference; Jim Fortune, Fortune Consultants
Since the Las Vegas MGM Grand fire in 1973, most building codes were changed to follow the Phase 1 Firefighters’ return features during an emergency. After 9-11 it became apparent that in buildings over 100 stories, it is impractical to evacuate…
Dynamic Facades and Parametrics: Creating a New Vernacular?
5 Feb 2010 – Presentation at CTBUH 2010 Mumbai Conference; Peter Oborn, Aedas
Aedas presents their competition winning proposals for a new headquarters building for the Abu Dhabi Investment Council. The concept is derived from an algorithmic composition, which is informed by Islamic principles of design. This has been…
The Sustainable City
3 Feb 2010 – Presentation at CTBUH 2010 Mumbai Conference; David Nelson, Foster + Partners
Sustainability has been a central theme of Foster + Partners’ work for more than 40 years,with buildings like the Reichstag in Berlin (1992-99) and Commerzbank Headquarters in Frankfurt (1991-1997). Most recently, the design of Masdar, a 1,483-acre,…
The World’s Tallest as Economic Stimulus
22 Oct 2009 – Presentation at CTBUH 2009 Chicago Conference; H.E. Mohamed Ali Alabbar, Emaar Properties
As the Burj Dubai nears completion in 2009, the Burj has been well documented in both design and technical terms. Envisaged as the "jewel in the crown" of a much larger urban development however, and as a widely varied mixed-use building, the…
The Sustainable Vision of Dubai
3 Mar 2008 – Presentation at CTBUH 2008 8th World Congress, Dubai; HE Hussain Nasser Lootah, Dubai Municipality
HE Hussain Nasser Lootah of Dubai Municipality, discussed how Dubai has positioned itself as the global epicenter of urban construction activity in recent years, resulting in some of the most impressive and challenging building projects in the world…

United Arab Emirates Related Papers/Research

Year in Review: Tall Trends of 2018
Dec 2018 – CTBUH Journal 2019 Issue I; CTBUH Research
The astronomical growth in tall building construction observed over the past decade continued in 2018, though the total number of completed buildings of 200 meters’ or greater height leveled off at 143, after hitting an all-time record of 147 in…
Towering Aspirations in Dubai and Beyond
Oct 2018 – CTBUH Journal 2018 Issue IV; Mohamed Ali Alabbar, Emaar Properties
In 2008, CTBUH held its Eighth World Congress in Dubai, at which time the world’s tallest building, the Burj Khalifa, was still under construction. His Excellency Mohamed Ali Alabbar, Chairman of Emaar Properties, took the stage to address the…
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 Tall, Polycentric City: Dubai and the Future of Vertical Urbanism
Oct 2018 – CTBUH Journal 2018 Issue IV; Daniel Safarik, Shawn Ursini & Antony Wood, CTBUH
The development pattern of Dubai, host city of the 2018 CTBUH Middle East Conference core program, typifies the polycentric city phenomenon more than most cities. This paper analyzes the conditions and characteristics of Dubai’s tall polycentrism…
Royal Atlantis, Dubai: A Permeable and Polycentric Urbanism
Oct 2018 – CTBUH Journal 2018 Issue IV; James von Klemperer & Elie Gamburg, Kohn Pedersen Fox Associates
The Royal Atlantis innovates on typical high-rise hotel and residential design by introducing substantial areas of true open space into all areas of the tower – redefining the concept of urban indoor-outdoor living, vertically. The project’s…
Polycentric Cities: The Future of Vertical Urbanism
Oct 2018 – CTBUH Journal 2018 Issue IV; CTBUH 2018 Conference Speakers
As we approach the new normality of cities housing 10 million or more inhabitants, those best positioned for the future are evolving along polycentric, multi-nodal lines, with several central business districts, ideally all offering something…
Residential High-Rises in Dubai: Typologies, Tendencies and Development Prospects
Oct 2018 – CTBUH Journal 2018 Issue IV; Elena M. Generalova & Viktor P. Generalov, Samara State Technical University
This study discusses the current typologies of high-rise housing prevalent in Dubai. The uniqueness, trends and prospects of Dubai tall, residential development are analyzed. The regional specifics of the typology in Dubai, at the site, building and…
Developments of Structural Systems Toward Mile-High Towers
1 Sep 2018 – International Journal of High-rise Buildings Volume 7 Number 3; Kyoung Sun Moon, Yale University School of Architecture
Tall buildings which began from about 40 m tall office towers in the late 19th century have evolved into mixed-use megatall towers over 800 m. It is expected that even mile-high towers will soon no longer be a dream. Structural systems have always…
How to Protect High-Rise Egress Routes?
Apr 2018 – CTBUH Journal, 2018 Issue II; Grzegorz Sypek, SMAY Group
Recent, tragic high-rise fires have underscored a fundamental issue: the lack of protected escape routes in tall buildings. As we build a greater volume of ever-higher buildings, greater scrutiny is needed to protect those under design, as well as…
2017: Skyscraper History’s Tallest, Highest- Volume, and Most Geographically Diverse Year
5 Feb 2018 – CTBUH Journal, 2018 Issue I
This 2017 Tall Building Year in Review / Tall Buildings in Numbers data analysis report shows that more buildings of 200 meters’ height or greater were completed in 2017 than in any other year, with a total of 144 completions. Notably, 2017 was also…
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…
Empirically Evaluating the Livability Of Local Neighborhoods and Global Cities
30 Oct 2017 – CTBUH Journal, 2017 Issue IV; Christian Derix, Lucy Helme, Fabio Galicia & Alexander Kachkaev, Woods Bagot
CIVITAS is a search engine for urban conditions, developed to allow stakeholders to identify qualities of livability and urban experiences that suit their tacit desires and explicit requirements. While using CIVITAS to study three global cities for…
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…
Ten Significant Tall Buildings, and the Significant Women Behind Them
8 Aug 2017 – CTBUH Journal, 2017 Issue III; Leading Women in Tall Buildings
Recently, there has been a growing and overdue recognition in the architecture discipline that women are under-represented, not just in terms of leadership positions held, but also in terms of receiving credit for the work they have done. The tall…
Year in Review: Tall Trends of 2016
10 Jan 2017 – CTBUH Journal, 2017 Issue I; Jason Gabel, Annan Shehadi, Shawn Ursini & Marshall Gerometta, CTBUH
CTBUH has determined that 128 buildings of 200 meters’ height or greater were completed around the world in 2016 – setting a new record for annual tall building completions and marking the third consecutive record-breaking year.
The Space Between: Urban Spaces Surrounding Tall Buildings
17 Oct 2016 – Cities to Megacities: Shaping Dense Vertical Urbanism; James Parakh, City of Toronto Planning Division
This paper is intended to introduce the upcoming CTBUH technical guide titled “The Space Between,” which investigates the importance of publicly accessible spaces surrounding tall buildings. Urban spaces featured in the technical guide range in scale…
Paints in Extreme Exposures: Long-Term Durability and Cost Savings Throughout Building Life Cycle
17 Oct 2016 – Cities to Megacities: Shaping Dense Vertical Urbanism; Huan Wu & Ashraf Wassef, The Jotun Group
A protective coating is applied as a long term anti-corrosion method in steel protection; it can save the operation costs of buildings across entire life cycles, if the period to next maintenance can be prolonged 15 years or more. In high-rise…
Debating Tall: Do Cladding Fire Codes & Tests Need Changing?
28 Apr 2016 – CTBUH Journal, 2016 Issue II; Phil Barry, CWB Fire Safety Consultants Ltd; Simon Lay, Olsson Fire & Risk UK
A series of high-profile fires in tall buildings in the Middle East has raised concerns about standards for fire protection in exterior cladding on these buildings. Two fire safety experts weigh in on both sides of the question, “Do cladding fire…
Year in Review: Tall Trends of 2015
Jan 2016 – CTBUH Journal, 2016 Issue I; Jason Gabel, Marty Carver & Marshall Gerometta, CTBUH
CTBUH has determined that 106 buildings of 200 meters’ height or greater were completed around the world in 2015 – setting a new record for annual tall building completions.
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…
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.
The Challenges of Delivering Iconic Tall Buildings Across the World: A Global Technology Transfer
26 Oct 2015 – Global Interchanges: Resurgence of the Skyscraper City; Ahmad Abdelrazaq, Samsung C&T Corporation
Samsung and the authors’ involvement in these major tall and complex building projects have facilitated the transfer of the technologies and best practices to projects globally. The following provides a summary of some of those projects where the…
Urban Planning in Dubai; Cultural and Human Scale Context
26 Oct 2015 – The Middle East: A Selection of Written Works on Iconic Towers and Global Place-Making; Akram Ogaily, Hill International
The rapid urbanization of Dubai and regional Middle Eastern cities presents challenges with respect to the traditional local city fabric and the advent of modern high-rise towers. There is a strong need for project stakeholders to consider cultural…
The Network of Urban Spaces Surrounding Tall Buildings
26 Oct 2015 – Global Interchanges: Resurgence of the Skyscraper City; James Parakh, City of Toronto Planning Department
This paper investigates the Network of Urban Spaces Surrounding Tall Buildings, the Tall Building as Place Makers how Tall Buildings meet the street. As contributing elements in the fabric of the City, Tall Buildings often have associated Urban…
Structural Fire Design and Approval of a 156m Tall High-End Residential Building in Abu Dhabi
26 Oct 2015 – Global Interchanges: Resurgence of the Skyscraper City; Florian M. Block, Felix Summers, David Black & Tad-Song Koh, BuroHappold Engineering
The tower has an external mega-frame with four story long exposed bracing members. A high quality finish to the diagonals was critical and 3h fire rating made the use of normal fire protection difficult. Hence, a performance-based design was used…
Context, Climate, Culture – Investigating Place in Tall Building Design
26 Oct 2015 – Context, Climate, Culture – Investigating Place in Tall Building Design; Robert Goodwin, Perkins + Will
Should a tower in Moscow look like one in Dubai? Once one entered a city and marveled at the unique magic of its architecture – the pastel classicism of St. Petersburg; the cobbled cortile of Siena; the delicate mashrabiya of Cairo – and there was a…
Reflecting on the Inauguration of the Burj Khalifa, Dubai 2010
26 Oct 2015 – The Middle East: A Selection of Written Works on Iconic Towers and Global Place-Making; Pierre Marcout, Prisme Entertainment Inc & Prisme International
Dubai is a city that emerged in only a decade. Though facing successive challenges it has built an attractive reputation around the world. Criticized and envied, it multiplies the superlatives and keeps being talked about. Its notoriety is impressive…
Risk-Based Approach of Achieving Code Compliance in Tall Buildings: Case Study
26 Oct 2015 – Global Interchanges: Resurgence of the Skyscraper City; John Devlin, Aon Fire Protection Engineering Corporation
This paper is a case study of Nakheel Tower, Dubai, UAE – a proposed 1,000m and 200 plus story tall building – and the risk-based approach used for the design of the fire protection, life safety, and occupant evacuation systems. An elevator-centric…
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…
Highest Helipads
Jun 2014 – CTBUH Journal, 2014 Issue II; CTBUH Research
In this installment of Tall Buildings in Numbers, CTBUH considers how helipads are used on skyscrapers, and which are the highest in the world. The results were somewhat surprising, with 114 buildings over 200 meters having helipads globally, across…
Year in Review: Tall Trends of 2013
Dec 2013 – CTBUH Journal, 2014 Issue I; Daniel Safarik, Antony Wood, Marty Carver & Marshall Gerometta, CTBUH
By all appearances, the small increase in the total number of tall-building completions from 2012 into 2013 is indicative of a return to the prevalent trend of increasing completions each year over the past decade.
Case Study: Gate Towers, Abu Dhabi
Nov 2013 – CTBUH Journal, 2013 Issue IV; Gurjit Singh & Hossam Eldin Elsouefi, Aldar Properties; Peter Brannan, Arquitectonica
The Gateway forms the entrance to one of the Middle East’s largest developments. The developer, Aldar, set forth a challenge: create an unmistakable introduction to a larger development, that would also serve as a landmark on its own.
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.
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.
How Tall Buildings Meet the Ground is as Important as How They Meet the Sky
Sep 2012 – CTBUH 2012 9th World Congress, Shanghai; James Goettsch, Goettsch Partners
If you are concerned about the urban habitat, you have to be concerned about whether or not buildings provide a positive experience at the ground level.
Holistic Approach of Beehive (Hexagrid), New Innovative Approach to Supertall Free Form Buildings
Sep 2012 – CTBUH 2012 9th World Congress, Shanghai; Peyman Askarinejad, Ted Jacob Engineering Group
The HexaGrid system is a new look from an alternative perspective on how structural engineers can achieve the requirements of designing high-rise structures while increasing the efficiency of the building through a reduction in central cores down to…
3 Environments, 3 Programs, 3 Solutions
19 Sep 2012 – CTBUH 2012 9th World Congress, Shanghai; Paul De Santis & Travis Soberg, Goettsch Partners
The effects of climate change, increased population, and lack of natural resources are global issues. As the world continues to consolidate into regional urban centers, the role of cities in providing solutions to these issues becomes more pronounced…
Three Environments, Three Programs, Three Solutions
Sep 2012 – CTBUH 2012 9th World Congress, Shanghai; Paul Santis & Travis Soberg, Goettsch Partners
The effects of climate change, increased population, and lack of natural resources are global issues. As the world continues to consolidate into regional urban centers, the role of cities in providing solutions to these issues becomes more pronounced…
Case Study: Capital Gate, Abu Dhabi
Jun 2012 – CTBUH Journal, 2012 Issue II; Jeff Schofield, RMJM
Throughout history, a strong link has existed between iconic architecture and exhibitions. In 2005, the Abu Dhabi National Exhibitions Company (ADNEC) was created to drive forward the development of Abu Dhabi’s events sector, Capital Gate is the…
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.
Burj Khalifa Dubai, UAE
13 Jan 2012 – Corporate Publication
As the world’s tallestbuilding, the Burj Khalifasets the standard for whatarchitecture and designshould be. At 828 meters,the building houses the highest swimming pool, mosque and observation deck in the world. A desert flower native to the region,…
Year in Review: Tall Trends of 2011
Dec 2011 – CTBUH Journal, 2012 Issue I; Nathaniel Hollister & Antony Wood, CTBUH
The annual story is becoming a familiar one: 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, and now 2011 have each sequentially broke the record for the most 200 meter or higher buildings completed in a given year. Once again, more 200 m+ buildings were completed in 2011…
Validating the Dynamics of the Burj Khalifa
May 2011 – CTBUH Journal, 2011 Issue II; Ahmad Abdelrazaq, Samsung C&T
Historically, tall building design and construction relied solely on minimum building code requirements. While many research and monitoring programs have been implemented, these programs are yet to be systematically validated and/or holistically…
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…
Tallest Buildings Completed in 2010
Dec 2010 – CTBUH Journal, 2011 Issue I; CTBUH Research
In a year dominated by news coverage of the new “World’s Tallest Building” – Burj Khalifa, Dubai – one may be surprised to learn that, besides being the year in which a building first surpassed the 600, 700, and 800-meter thresholds, 2010 has seen…
Case Study: O-14 Folded Exoskeleton
Oct 2010 – CTBUH Journal, 2010 Issue III; Jesse Reiser & Nanako Umemoto, Reiser + Umemoto RUR Architecture; Jaime Ocampo, Ysrael A. Seinuk
O-14 is a 22-story commercial tower characterized by 1,326 openings, randomly located and varying in size, throughout the whole exterior shell. It is one of the first towers to appear in the skyline of Business Bay, scheduled to be fully finished…
New Solar Initiatives in Supertall Buildings: The Spire at Ras Al Khaimah
Aug 2010 – CTBUH Journal, 2010 Issue III; Philip Castillo, Murphy/Jahn; Meiring Beyers, RWDI
The Spire at Ras Al Khaimah, located in the United Arab Emirates, through its unique approachto building form and landscape offers opportunities to examine new sustainable strategies.
Structural Design of Reinforced Concrete Tall Buildings
Feb 2010 – CTBUH Journal, 2010 Issue I; Ali Sherif S. Rizk, Dar Al-Handasah Consultants
During the last 12 years the Structural Engineering Department at Dar Al-Handasah has designed 45 mixed-use tall buildings in different Arab countries. The designed towers are primarily made of reinforced concrete.
Case Study: Nakheel Tower - The Vertical City
Aug 2009 – CTBUH Journal, 2009 Issue II; Mark Mitcheson-Low, Woods Bagot; Ahmad Rahimian, WSP Cantor Seinuk; Dennis O'Brien, Norman Disney & Young
Nakheel Harbour & Tower, Dubai's new capital, will be a beacon of inspiration for the region and the world, incorporating elements from Islamic culture. Encompassing more than 270 hectares, this mixed-use development will be located in the heart of…
Tall Buildings in the Global Recession: 2008, 2020 and Beyond
Feb 2009 – CTBUH Journal, 2009 Issue I; Philip Oldfield & Antony Wood, CTBUH
The year 2008 will long be remembered as the start of an economic crisis that has gripped the entire globe - a year that may also have brought to an abrupt end the worldwide construction boom that has seen ever-denser cities containing ever-taller…
Optimization Tools for the Design of Structures
Jan 2009 – ASCESEI 2009; Mark Sarkisian, Eric Long, Chung-Soo Doo & David Shook, SOM
Structural optimization has attracted increasing interest in the building industry, especially in the design of high-rise buildings. By selectively distributing structural members in a building, the efficiency of the resulting design can be optimized…
Tallest Buildings Completed in 2008
Dec 2008 – CTBUH Journal, 2009 Issue I; CTBUH Research
Against the backdrop of global economic crisis, 2008 witnessed the most successful year of skyscraper construction to date, with more skyscrapers constructed globally within a single year than ever before and the average height of the tallest ten…
The Tallest Buildings in the World: Past, Present & Future
Jun 2008 – CTBUH Journal, 2008 Issue II; CTBUH Research
Over time, the average height of the 100 tallest buildings in the world has been steadily increasing. However, by 2010, this average height will have jumped to 349 meters, up from 286 meters in 2000, an increase of 22%. This is almost double the…
From the Tallest to the Greenest - Paradigm Shift in Dubai
Mar 2008 – CTBUH 2008 8th World Congress, Dubai; Habiba Al Marashi, UN Global Impact; Jasleen Bhinder, Emirates Environmental Group
This paper discuses the Urban Challenges facing Dubai due to the construction boom, including the social, economical and environmental impacts of the construction industry, Dubai’s Economic Gain due to this boom in the economy, and the efforts…
How Supertall Buildings Can Benefit From Height
Mar 2008 – CTBUH 2008 8th World Congress, Dubai; Luke Leung & Peter Weismantle, SOM
Utilizing the earth and near-grade environment as a source of energy has historically been a common practice. Beyond solar and wind, designers do not usually look towards the sky as the source of additional benefits.
The Sustainable Vision of Dubai
Mar 2008 – CTBUH 2008 8th World Congress, Dubai; Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, H.E. Hussain Nasser Lootah, United Arab Emirates
This paper focuses on recent strategies implemented in Dubai that will improve the sustainable performance of the city’s built environment; specifically the green building directive outlined by HH Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum in October 2007…
Engineering the World’s Tallest - Burj Bubai
Mar 2008 – CTBUH 2008 8th World Congress, Dubai; William F. Baker, D. Stanton Korista & Lawrence C. Novak, SOM
The goal of the Burj Dubai Tower is not simply to be the world’s highest building; it’s to embody the world’s highest aspirations.
Brief on the Construction Planning of the Burj Dubai Project, Dubai, UAE
Mar 2008 – CTBUH 2008 8th World Congress, Dubai; Ahmad Abdelrazaq, Kyung Jun Kim & Jae Ho Kim, Samsung C&T
The focus of this paper will be on the construction planning of the Burj Dubai tower, this paper will briefly present an overview of the structural system of the tower’s design and construction, which are integrated from the early design concept.
Façade Access for the Burj Dubai and other Articulating Towers
Mar 2008 – CTBUH 2008 8th World Congress, Dubai; Lee Herzog, Lerch Bates Inc.
With the advent of supertall towers, and in some cases, articulating architectural features, the designing of façade access equipment has necessarily become increasingly complex. However, safety and user friendly designs are still the paramount…
A Postcard from Dubai - Design and Construction of Some of the Tallest Buildings in the World
Mar 2008 – CTBUH 2008 8th World Congress, Dubai; Andy Davids, Jonathan Wongso, Darko Popovic & Angus McFarlane, Hyder Consulting Middle East
This paper presents an overview of the design and construction of some of the tallest buildings in the world, currently under construction in the Gulf region. The paper explores some of the key natural and commercial forces at work in the region, and…
Burj Dubai: Designing the World’s Tallest
3 Mar 2008 – CTBUH 2008 8th World Congress, Dubai; Adrian Smith, Adrian Smith + Gordon Gill Architecture
This paper discusses the process of the Burj Dubai's design, offering insights into the refinement and development of the design in response to programmatic requirements, structural wind-tunnel testing and other issues related to the design of the…
Dubai Tower 29, Structure and Form
Mar 2008 – CTBUH 2008 8th World Congress, Dubai; Mahjoub Elnimeiri, CDCI Engineers
The author will present the architectural design ideas that led to the creation of Tower 29. He will then introduce the innovative structural design concepts and the collaborative process that help shape its inception. Tower 29, with the exception of…
Tallest Buildings Completed in 2007
Dec 2007 – CTBUH Research
333 meters high with 72 stories and 480 suites, Rose Rotana Tower in Dubai leads the list of the 10 tallest buildings completed in 2007. The tower, which is developed by Bonyan International Investment Group, is also regarded as the world’s tallest…
Burj Dubai Stack Effect - Passive Stack Effect Mitigation Measures in the Design of the World's Tallest Building
Nov 2007 – CTBUH Journal, Fall 2007; Peter A. Weismantle & Luke Leung, SOM
The purpose of this paper is to outline the challenges related to stack effect faced by the Burj Dubai design team and to describe the measures taken to mitigate them. The writer hastens to add that this process is still ongoing and will continue…
Tallest Buildings Completed in 2006
Dec 2006 – CTBUH Research
Nina Tower 1 in Hong Kong, at 319 meters high, leads the list of the ten tallest buildings completed in 2006. The Sports City Tower/Aspire Tower (Doha, United Arab Emirates) at 300 meters, and Eureka Tower (Melbourne, Australia), at 296 meters, were…
An Aesthetics of Sustainability
Oct 2005 – CTBUH 2005 New York Conference; Lawrence S. Ng, Cesar Pelli & Associates
Cesar Pelli recently completed the design of two tall buildings: one in Madrid and one in the United Arab Emirates, both extreme climatic conditions. Both projects have to reconcile the desire for transparency with the demand for physical comfort and…
The Wind Engineering of the Burj Dubai Tower
Oct 2005 – CTBUH 2005 7th World Congress, New York; Peter Irwin, RWDI
The Burj Dubai tower will be the world’s tallest building by a wide margin when completed. Wind is the dominant lateral load and thus governed many aspects of the architectural and structural design. In order to optimize the design for wind an…
Tower Buildings in Dubai – Are they Sustainable?
Oct 2004 – CTBUH 2004 Seoul Conference; Khaled A. Al-Sallal, UAE University
The active construction of tall buildings in the UAE, as a result of the rapid growth of economy, goes in a fast pace and has not allowed enough time to study and realize the adverse impacts on the environment. This study assesses to what extent new…
The World’s Tallest Building, Burj Dubai, U.A.E.
Oct 2004 – CTBUH 2004 Seoul Conference; William F. Baker, Skidmore, Owings & Merrill
In this paper, the process of shaping the 2000 ft tower, Burj Dubai, in order to mitigate wind effects and assist in resisting loads is discussed. In addition, the building’s structural systems are presented and discussed.

Featured Tall Buildings in United Arab Emirates

Rolex Tower

Rolex Tower, Dubai

The tower sits amidst the exuberance that is the tall building development of Dubai’s main thoroughfare. The building comes as a breath of fresh air among the crowd of towers.

Cayan Tower

Cayan Tower, Dubai

Standing at over 300 meters, Cayan Tower stood as the world's tallest high rise building with a twist of 90 degrees when it was completed in 2013.

Capital Gate Tower

Capital Gate Tower, Abu Dhabi

Throughout history, a strong link has existed between iconic architecture and exhibitions. One of the best known examples is Paris’ Eiffel Tower, Capital Gate is Abu Dhabi's icon.

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United Arab Emirates Facts

Population 5,473,972 (2013)
Area 83,600 km² • 32,278 mi²
GDP $269.82 billion (2013)
150m+ Buildings 242 Completed39 Under Constr.
300m+ Buildings 26 Completed12 Under Constr.
Tallest City Dubai
Global Ranking #4 in the world by no. of 150m+ completed buildings
Regional Ranking #1 in Middle East by no. of 150m+ completed buildings
First 150m+ Building Baynunah Hilton Tower Hotel (165 m, 1994)
Average Building Age 9 Years
Most Common Function Residential (51%)
Most Common Material Concrete (94%)

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

Tall Buildings in United Arab Emirates

1   Burj Khalifa 2010 828 m Dubai
2   Marina 101 2017 425 m Dubai
3   Princess Tower 2012 413 m Dubai
4   23 Marina 2012 392 m Dubai
5   La Maison by HDS 2021 387 m Dubai
6   Burj Mohammed Bin Rashid 2014 381 m Abu Dhabi
7   Elite Residence 2012 380 m Dubai
8   Uptown Tower - 370 m Dubai
9   The Address Boulevard 2017 370 m Dubai
10   Almas Tower 2008 360 m Dubai
  Completed   Arch. Topped Out   Struct. Topped Out   Under Constr.
1   Burj Khalifa 2010 828 m Dubai
2   Dubai One - 711 m Dubai
3   Burj Jumeira - 550 m Dubai
4   Alpha Towers - 545 m Dubai
5   The Jumeirah Business Bay - 485 m Dubai
6   SRG Tower 2022 471 m Dubai
7   Uptown Dubai Tower 1 - 459 m Dubai
8   Marina 101 2017 425 m Dubai
9   Princess Tower 2012 413 m Dubai
10   23 Marina 2012 392 m Dubai
  Completed   Proposed