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United Arab Emirates Related Events/Initiatives

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.
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.
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.
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 Emaar Properties
DEV OWN FIN
National Engineering Bureau National Engineering Bureau
ENGM ARCH MEP STRC COMP CON ENGO INTR PMNG URB

Donor

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

Contributor

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

Participant

Abu Dhabi Investment Council Abu Dhabi Investment Council
OWN
Atkins Atkins
STRC MEP ARCH BACS FIRE LAND SEC URB
Diar Consult Diar Consult
ARCH URB INTR
EDGE EDGE
ARCH INTR
Fugro Middle East Fugro Middle East
ENGO GEO
GEO Global Engineering Consultants GEO Global Engineering Consultants
STRC ARCH MEP CIV ENGO FIRE
Tameer Holding Investment Tameer Holding Investment
DEV OWN PROP

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CTBUH United Arab Emirates

Reminder: CTBUH 2019 Awards Submissions Due 30 September

20 Sep 2018, Awards Event – Complete your submissions by September 30 for the CTBUH 2019 Awards, with 7…

Current Delegate List Released for 2018 Middle East Conference

10 Sep 2018, Conference Activity – We are pleased to release the list of over 1000 delegates from 52…

Exhibiting Spots Available at CTBUH 2018 Middle East Conference

21 Aug 2018, Conference Activity – There is one exhibition booth, one salon, and one exhibition suite…

More United Arab Emirates Related Events/Initiatives

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Christian Vasquez
National Engineering Bureau, Dubai

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Christian Vasquez

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Christian Vasquez
National Engineering Bureau, Dubai

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Dubai Creek Harbour to Hand Over First Homes in Early 2019
28 Aug 2018 – Dubai, United Arab Emirates
Dubai Creek Harbour has announced that it will open residences to the first 4,000 residents in early 2019, with the first wave located in Creek Island Dubai. The…
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Foundation Works Proceed on First of Two Uptown Dubai High-Rises
27 Aug 2018 – Dubai, United Arab Emirates
Foundation works have begun for the first of two high-rise towers in a Dubai complex. The scheme includes hotel rooms, restaurants, grade-A office space, and 237…
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Fire in Ajman High-Rise Injures 20
21 Aug 2018 – Ajman, United Arab Emirates
A fire broke out in a 53-story tower in the United Arab Emirates, injuring 20. It allegedly started on the 26th floor in the air conditioning room before spreading to…
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Dubai World Trade Center to be Preserved Under New Initiative
10 Aug 2018 – Dubai, United Arab Emirates
The Dubai Municipality has announced a new initiative to preserve landmark buildings from the 1960s and '70s, including the Dubai World Trade Center, the first tall…
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30-Story Residential Tower of The Atria Complex Reaches Completion in Dubai
26 Jul 2018 – Dubai, United Arab Emirates
The 30-story residential tower of a two-tower complex has reached completion in Dubai. The building houses 219 units, while the accompanying 31-story tower will feature a…
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Plans Announced for a “Retail Metropolis” at Dubai Creek Harbour
25 Jul 2018 – Dubai, United Arab Emirates
A 2.6 million-square-meter retail facility master plan in Dubai has been revealed. Part of the Dubai Creek Harbour mega-development, Dubai Square includes retail,…
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Dubai's Supertall DAMAC Heights Welcomes First Tenants
23 Jul 2018 – Dubai, United Arab Emirates
A 335-meter residential tower in Dubai has opened the doors to its first tenants. The 640-unit high-rise, which features a view of Palm Jumeirah island, has an estimated…
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Banking Giant Confirms New Dubai Headquarters to Open Next Month
20 Jun 2018 – Dubai, United Arab Emirates
A British banking giant expects to open its $250 million Middle East headquarters in Downtown Dubai in July 2018. The 20-story tower, reportedly built by Multiplex, was…
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Residential High-Rise in Dubai Designed to Look Like an iPod
19 Jun 2018 – Dubai, United Arab Emirates
A 26-story building designed to look like an iPod is due to open in Dubai by the end of 2018. The 256-unit residential high-rise will feature technological amenities such…
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Contract Signed to Build 54-Story Hotel on Dubai's Sheikh Zayed Road
13 Jun 2018 – Dubai, United Arab Emirates
A $136 million contract has been awarded to build a 534-room high-rise hotel in Dubai. The building has been pre-approved as a five-star facility and will include hotel…
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Dubai's Address Downtown Opens Doors After Two-Year Closure
4 Jun 2018 – Dubai, United Arab Emirates
The 63-story Address Downtown has completed renovations and reopened, after a fire damaged the building in 2016. The revamped hotel features a new interior, additional…
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Construction to Begin on Dubai's Dubawi Project
21 May 2018 – Dubai, United Arab Emirates
Construction on a mixed-use tower in Dubai will begin soon. Located on Sheikh Zayed Road, the $410 million Dubawi project will include 500 hotel rooms and more than 500…
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Dubai High-Rise Badly Damaged by Fire
15 May 2018 – Dubai, United Arab Emirates
A fire broke out in The Zen, a residential high-rise in Dubai Marina, on May 13. No injuries were reported, as many were away at work at the time, but the tower appears…
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Developer Begins Handover of Dubai Marina Project Homes
2 May 2018 – Dubai, United Arab Emirates
The developer of The Residences at Marina Gate 1, a 52-story high-rise that recently completed in Dubai, has begun handover of the tower’s 399 units to buyers. The…
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Developer Says Dubai Marina Project Set for 2019 Completion
18 Apr 2018 – Dubai, United Arab Emirates
The developer of LIV Residence Dubai Marina, a 28-story waterfront high-rise, has announced that the project is set for completion in 2019. The development will offer…
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Horizon Towers on Abu Dhabi’s Reem Island Ready for Handover
16 Apr 2018 – Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates
With construction on the Horizon Towers in Abu Dhabi now complete, the complex is ready to be handed over to a property management company. The project comprises two…
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New Details Emerge on Sama Gardens Supertall in Dubai
10 Apr 2018 – Dubai, United Arab Emirates
Architecture firm Diar Consult has released new images and additional details about its planned supertall high-rise, dubbed Sama Gardens, in Dubai. The 70-story supertall…
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Architect Reveals Plans for Modular High-Rise in Dubai
9 Apr 2018 – Dubai, United Arab Emirates
An architecture firm has revealed plans for a 310-meter-tall modular high-rise for the Dubai Marina business district. The tower, which will connect to the city’s public…
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Twin Towers at Creek Horizon Project in Dubai Reach Podium Level
3 Apr 2018 – Dubai, United Arab Emirates
Construction on the two-tower Creek Horizon residential project at Dubai Creek Harbour has reached ground level. The towers, which are being developed by Emaar Properties…
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Plans Released for Mixed-Use Development on Dubai Canal
30 Mar 2018 – Dubai, United Arab Emirates
A twin-tower development that connects at the base and curves into a “U” shape as it rises has been proposed along the Dubai Canal. The towers will rise to 18 and 19…

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Saudi British Bank Future Head Office Breaks Ground in Riyadh
22 Dec 2017 – Riyadh, Saudi Arabia
The competition-winning design for the Saudi British Bank (SABB) has broken ground in Riyadh.The building will be a 46,544-square-meter commercial office development…
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Dubai Court Dismisses Arbitration Against Real Estate Firm in Burj Daman Case
18 Dec 2017 – Dubai, United Arab Emirates
A real estate firm has won a favorable judgment in the Dubai Courts of Appeal in its long-running dispute with a contractor, relating to the Burj Daman real estate…
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Dubai’s Gate Avenue Aims to Lease 90% of Units Before Completion
14 Dec 2017 – Dubai, United Arab Emirates
Dubai International Financial Centre, the emirate's financial free zone, aims to lease 90 percent of units at its Dh1billion (US$272 million) Gate Avenue retail…
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New Pixel Project Precinct Makes Splash in Abu Dhabi
7 Dec 2017 – Abu Dhabi, United Arabs Emirates
An upcoming 76,000-square-meter tower precinct will become the centerpiece of the new Makers District in Abu Dhabi. Called Pixel, the project will facilitate a range of…
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Dubai's Jumeirah Beach Hotel to Undergo Major Renovations in 2018
6 Dec 2017 – Dubai, United Arab Emirates
Jumeirah Beach Hotel in Dubai will be shutting its doors for a few months next year while it undergoes major renovations from mid-May to early October 2018. The hotel…
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Dubai’s Langham Opens to Buyers Ahead of 2020 Completion
2 Nov 2017 – Dubai, United Arab Emirates
Modeled after The Langham hotel and residences in London, Langham Place Residences in Downtown Dubai will start selling units on Monday, November 6, ahead of opening its…
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Upcoming Dubai Luxury Resort + Spa Secures Contractor
18 Oct 2017 – Dubai, United Arab Emirates
The developer of the Address Residences Jumeirah Resort + Spa development in Dubai has secured a construction contractor, which has commenced mobilization for the…
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Dubai’s Bellevue Towers Achieve Major Construction Milestone
2 Oct 2017 – Dubai, United Arab Emirates
The raft casting has been completed for the AE$200 million (US$54 million) Bellevue Towers residential project, a two-tower complex located near the Marasi Business Bay…
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World’s Tallest Solar Tower to Go Up in Dubai
19 Sep 2017 – Dubai, United Arab Emirates
The Dubai Electricity and Water Authority announced the $3.8 billion fourth phase of its flagship solar park, which will include a 260-meter-high concentrating solar…
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New Mixed-Use Development Planned for Dubai’s Sheikh Zayed Road
11 Sep 2017 – Dubai, United Arab Emirates
Plans have been revealed for a new skyscraper in one of Dubai’s most dynamic neighborhoods. The project was designed to address demand in the United Arab Emirates’…
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Dubai Skyscraper “Sky Walk” Attraction Set to Launch
1 Sep 2017 – Dubai, United Arab Emirates
A global property developer has announced the launch of Sky Walk, a 200-meter-high cantilevered observation corridor affixed to one of the two towers in Downtown Dubai’s…
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Local Construction Firm Wins Dubai Tower Contract
23 Aug 2017 – Dubai, United Arab Emirates
A local construction company has been awarded an AED175-million (US$47.6-million) contract to build a 34-story residential building, West Bay Tower, in Dubai’s 5.9-…
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New Pictures Emerge of Dubai Creek Tower
17 Aug 2017 – Dubai, United Arab Emirates
New photos have emerged of the Dubai Creek Tower's foundation under construction. The tower broke ground in October 2016. When completed, the cable-supported tower will…
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New Video Gives First Look at Dubai’s Upcoming Waterfront District
11 Aug 2017 – Dubai, United Arab Emirates
A new video showcases Dubai’s upcoming waterfront district, Dubai Creek Harbour, which will cover 550 hectares and comprise mall retail, cultural space, and residential…
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Flames Engulf Dubai's Torch Tower Once Again
4 Aug 2017 – Dubai, United Arab Emirates
For the second time in two years, a large blaze has ripped through the 79-story Torch Tower in Dubai, one of the tallest residential buildings in the world. All residents…
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Contractor Selected for Massive Multi-Tower Districts in Dubai
26 Jul 2017 – Dubai, United Arab Emirates
A developer has awarded a US$163 million contract to a Dubai-based engineering and contracting company to build the first two districts of its Midtown project in Dubai…
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Contractor Selected to Develop Emirates Business Park in Dubai
25 Jul 2017 – Dubai, United Arab Emirates
A contractor has been selected to develop the mixed-use US$1.4 billion Emirates Business Park project, unveiled earlier this month, which will expand the emirate's…
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Seventy-Floor Tower to Rise Along Dubai’s Sheikh Zayed Road
3 Jul 2017 – Dubai, United Arab Emirates
Construction is set to commence on a US$272.48 million skyscraper along Sheikh Zayed Road in Dubai. The tower will rise 70 stories next to Al Habtoor City and Aykon City…
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Project Management Firm Contracted for Dubai Creek Harbour Development
30 Jun 2017 – Dubai, United Arab Emirates
A project management company has been selected for the upcoming Dubai Creek Harbour. The announcement did not give any details about the nature of the company's role, but…
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Contractor Named for Dubai Supertall Tower
23 May 2017 – Dubai, United Arab Emirates
Construction contractor Arabtec has announced it won a Dh1.46 billion (US$397 million) contract to build Al Wasl Tower in Dubai. The mixed-use tower is being developed on…

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Dueling Construction Timelines Create Competition for World’s Tallest Structure
20 Dec 2016 – Dubai, United Arab Emirates
The race to the top has just gotten tighter, with two rising structures in the Middle East battling for the world's tallest title. In a recent interview, CTBUH…
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Contractors Selected for Dubai’s Heart of Europe Development at The World Islands
7 Dec 2016 – Dubai, United Arab Emirates
Plans to develop a group of islands at The World Islands off Dubai’s coastline have taken a major step forward after the project developer appointed three main…
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Construction Begins for 290-Meter Tower in Dubai’s Jumeirah Beach
5 Dec 2016 – Dubai, United Arab Emirates
Construction work on a 290-meter tower at Jumeirah Beach has started, with Emaar appointing Middle East Foundation Group as enabling works contractor for 74-story The…
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The Tower at Dubai Creek Harbour Undergoes Ground Engineering Testing
23 Nov 2016 – Dubai, United Arab Emirates
The world’s future tallest supported-tower – dubbed The Tower at Dubai Creek Harbour – which is currently under construction in Dubai has undergone an extensive ground…
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India-Based Developer Reveals Imperial Avenue Project for Dubai
18 Nov 2016 – Dubai, United Arab Emirates
A Mumbai-based developer has already begun piling works on the US$350 million, 45-story Imperial Avenue residential tower to be located in Dubai's Business Bay. The…
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Construction Contractor Selected for Dubai’s Paramount Tower Hotel & Residences
2 Nov 2016 – Dubai, United Arab Emirates
A construction contractor has been awarded a contract by a developer to build the residential floors of the Paramount Tower Hotel & Residences in Dubai. Residences are…
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Groundbreaking Held for The Tower at Dubai Creek Harbour
11 Oct 2016 – Dubai, United Arab Emirates
Work on The Tower at Dubai Creek Harbour, which will soar above the Burj Khalifa as the world’s tallest supported-tower, is set to commence following an official…
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Developer sells 65 Percent of New Dubai Marina Project Ahead of Launch
4 Oct 2016 – Dubai, United Arab Emirates
A Dubai developer has presold about 65 percent of its latest Dubai Marina project ahead of its launch. The building will be on a site on the western side of the Marina,…
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Twin-Towered Hotel and Residential Project Proposed in Dubai
26 Sep 2016 – Dubai, United Arab Emirates
Plans have been revealed for a beachfront hotel project in Dubai, dubbed The Address Jumeirah Resort and Spa at Jumeirah Beach Residence (JBR). The project includes a…
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Dubai Property Developer Reveals Ultra-Luxury Palm 360 Project
8 Sep 2016 – Dubai, United Arab Emirates
Property developer Nakheel recently unveiled Palm 360 – a two-tower hotel and residential project on Dubai's Palm Jumeirah featuring 1,100-square-meter branded penthouses…
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Developer Resumes Work on $1 Billion Al Maryah Project in Abu Dhabi
1 Sep 2016 – Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates
Developer Farglory is to resume work on a high-profile residential project billed as Abu Dhabi’s answer to London’s ultra-luxury One Hyde Park after a complete redesign…
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Construction Scheduled to Begin on Abu Dhabi’s Meera Shams Towers
29 Aug 2016 – Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates
A developer has announced that construction work on its two 26-story Meera Shams towers, located in the Shams area of Reem Island in Abu Dhabi, will start immediately.…
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Emaar Unveils Two-Tower Apartment Project in Dubai Opera District
8 Aug 2016 – Dubai, United Arab Emirates
Dubai’s Emaar Properties has unveiled another two-tower project in the Opera District in Downtown Dubai. The towers, called Act One and Act Two, will be 52 stories and 46…
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Phase Two of Bellevue Towers Complex Launched in Dubai
28 Jul 2016 – Dubai, United Arab Emirates
Dubai Properties has launched phase two of its Bellevue Towers development citing strong demand. The second phase includes a 26-story tower which will house 23…
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Wind Tests Complete on World’s Future Tallest Supported-Tower Structure
27 Jul 2016 – Dubai, United Arab Emirates
The developer behind the upcoming Tower at Dubai Creek Harbour, which is set to be 100 meters taller than the 828-meter Burj Khalifa, currently the world’s tallest…
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Fire Breaks out in Dubai’s Sulafa Tower
20 Jul 2016 – Dubai, United Arab Emirates
A 76-story residential skyscraper in Dubai caught fire in the densely populated Marina district, sending plumes of smoke into the air. It took firefighters three hours to…
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New Renderings Released of Dubai Skyscraper Featuring a Rainforest
18 Jul 2016 – Dubai, United Arab Emirates
New renderings have been released for a large-scale luxury development in Dubai – called the Rosemont – which will feature a rainforest and 4D animations. Currently under…
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Huge Observation Wheel in Dubai Begins to Take Shape
11 Jul 2016 – Dubai, United Arab Emirates
Construction of what is claimed to become the world’s tallest observation wheel has reached a significant milestone. Ain Dubai has had its hub and spindle lifted into…
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Dubai Property Developer Launches Il Primo Opera District Apartments
5 Jul 2016 – Dubai, United Arab Emirates
Emaar Properties has begun selling new “lateral" apartments taking up either half or a whole floor of a new 77-story tower at the Opera District in Downtown Dubai. The…
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New 151-Meter Bank Headquarters Planned for Dubai
27 Jun 2016 – Dubai, United Arab Emirates
After announcing plans for its relocation in January 2016, a Dubai-based bank has appointed a construction company to build its new headquarters building in downtown…

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Supertall Tower Tops Out in Dubai
2 Dec 2015 – Dubai, United Arab Emirates
One of the tallest buildings under construction in the United Arab Emirates reached a major milestone after the developer, Damac, confirmed that its 94-story Damac…
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Dubai to use Jetpacks for High-Rise Firefighting
11 Nov 2015 – Dubai, United Arab Emirates
On November 10, Dubai Civil Defense signed a memorandum of understanding with Martin Aircraft for the intended future delivery of jetpacks to be used for targeted…
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Civil Defense Authorities to Increase Building Inspections in Sharjah
2 Nov 2015 – Sharjah, United Arab Emirates
The Sharjah Civil Defense authority has committed to increasing the number of inspection visits to buildings in the emirate after a massive fire gutted all residential…
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Dubai’s Most Expensive Apartment on the Market for $74.5 million
26 Oct 2015 – Dubai, United Arab Emirates
Dubai’s most expensive apartment is now on the market for a whopping $74.5 million. The 4,000-square-meter penthouse of the One at Palm Jumeirah will have seven bedrooms…
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Dubai’s Royal Atlantis Project Named Top Influencer for Luxury Development
14 Oct 2015 – Dubai, United Kingdom
The $1.4 billion Royal Atlantis Resort and Residences in Dubai has been named in the top 10 global influencers for new luxury developments, Knight Frank said in its “…
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Proposed Dubai Tower Complex Would Feature an Artificial Rainforest and Beach
13 Oct 2015 – Dubai, United Arab Emirates
Dubai, the city of superlatives, is set to get a new tower complex on Sheikh Zayed Road that will have an artificial beach and a rainforest-like landscape development on…
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Construction Contractors Named for the Palm Tower in Dubai
5 Oct 2015 – Dubai, United Arab Emirates
Developers announced on October 2 a $223 million contract to build The Palm Tower, a 52-story, five-star hotel and residential building at Palm Jumeirah in Dubai. The 240…
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Fire Erupts at Sharjah High-Rise
1 Oct 2015 – Sharjah, United Arab Emirates
A massive fire erupted at the 36-story Nasser Tower building on King Fasial Street in Sharjah around 2 pm on October 1. The fire was still raging two hours later, with…
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Builder Pulls Out of $267 Million Meena Plaza Project in Abu Dhabi "After Not Being Paid"
23 Sep 2015 – Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates
A Malaysian construction company that was supposed to be building a multi-tower mixed-use project in Abu Dhabi, has said it is terminating its construction agreement…
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Preliminary Design of Burj 2020 Revealed at Cityscape Global in Dubai
11 Sep 2015 – Dubai, United Arab Emirates
A preliminary design was revealed for Burj 2020, a skyscraper that could potentially reach up to 700 meters in height. The master-planned Burj 2020 District will comprise…
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Twin Towers Proposed for the Dubailand Mega-Development
8 Sep 2015 – Dubai, United Arab Emirates
A Riyadh-based developer has unveiled plans to build Dubailand’s tallest towers. The Saudi investment company and property developer said that it planned to complete the…
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Hotel Operator Named for Jumeirah Business Bay Tower
2 Sep 2015 – Dubai, United Arab Emirates
A local hotel company has been appointed to operate a mixed-use development in Business Bay. The Jumeirah Business Bay will include a 200-room luxury hotel as well as 350…
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Dubai Developer Launches First Phase of Massive Midtown Development
31 Aug 2015 – Dubai, United Arab Emirates
A local developer has announced the launch of the first phase of its Midtown master plan in Dubai’s International Media Production Zone. Sales for the district will begin…
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Sharjah Unveils $5 Billion Waterfront City
25 Aug 2015 – Sharjah, United Arab Emirates
A new waterfront city is being built in Sharjah at the cost of around $5 billion that will accommodate 200,000 people in over 200 towers upon completion of 10 natural…
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Abu Dhabi’s Urban Planning Council Green Lights Slew of High-Rise Projects
17 Aug 2015 – Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates
The total floor area of projects approved by Abu Dhabi’s Urban Planning Council more than tripled in the second quarter of 2015 with the amount of land under development…
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Fire Breaks Out in Sharjah High-Rise
14 Aug 2015 – Sharjah, United Arab Emirates
A fire broke out the evening of August 13 in a high-rise under construction in the Al Khan area of Sharjah. The fire gutted the 21st and 22nd stories of the building and…
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Megatall Tower to Anchor Proposed Mega-development in Dubai
4 Aug 2015 – Dubai, United Arab Emirates
A local developer has announced the launch of a massive new development that will include a 711-meter skyscraper that will be the tallest residential tower in the world…
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Development Firm Outlines Four Projects for Dubai
28 Jul 2015 – Dubai, United Arab Emirates
A local development firm has stated their intentions of beginning work on four projects in Dubai within the next year. When combined, the projects amount to a combined $…
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Work Continues at One at Palm on Dubai’s Palm Jumeirah, Penthouse Price Announced
22 Jul 2015 – Dubai, United Arab Emirates
Work continues on the One at Palm, a 25-story luxury residential tower located at the entrance to the Palm Jumeirah in Dubai. The penthouse apartment has recently been…
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Architect Selected to Design World’s Tallest Office Tower in Dubai
18 Jun 2015 – Dubai, United Arab Emirates
Tall building specialist Adrian Smith + Gordon Gill Architecture (AS+GG) has been chosen by the master developer of Dubai’s Jumeirah Lakes Towers (JLT) district to design…

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Fairmont Residences on Abu Dhabi Breakwater Go On Sale
11 Dec 2014 – Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates
Luxury serviced apartments on the Abu Dhabi breakwater near Marina Mall are now available to purchase. The 249 apartments at the Fairmont Marina Residences are part of…
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Construction on Apartments at Dubai Maritime City Begins
9 Dec 2014 – Dubai, United Arab Emirates
Construction work has finally started on the first apartment block to be built at the long-awaited Dubai Maritime City. Ground was broken on the 48-story Anwa Tower,…
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Builders Sought to Construct The Palm Gateway in Dubai
4 Dec 2014 – Dubai, United Arab Emirates
A tender has been floated for the construction of The Palm Gateway on Palm Jumeirah Island in Dubai. The project consists of three towers to be constructed on an existing…
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Work on Dubai Pearl to Restart in December
25 Nov 2014 – Dubai, United Arab Emirates
After a series of delays since it was announced in 2003, work on the Dubai Pearl will restart in December, with the $6 billion megaproject set to be completed “by 2018”,…
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Emirates Pearl Hotel Taking Shape in Abu Dhabi
24 Nov 2014 – Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates
Construction is progressing steadily on the twisting Emirates Pearl Hotel in its location at the heart of Abu Dhabi. In close proximity to the Emirates Palace, the…
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Two Years Later, Cost to Repair Fire-Damaged Dubai Tower Soars to $21M
17 Nov 2014 – Dubai, United Arab Emirates
The cost of repairing the fire-damaged Tamweel Tower has reached $21.2 million according to the latest assessment. Two years after a fire partially gutted the 34-story…
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Damac Towers Continue Upward Rise in Dubai
12 Nov 2014 – Dubai, United Arab Emirates
One of the largest construction projects in Dubai is now heading skywards. The $1 billion Damac Towers by Paramount resort is to include more than 1,800 serviced suites…
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Developers Moot Plans for Dubai Twin-Tower Record Breakers
5 Nov 2014 – Dubai, United Arab Emirates
Proposals to construct the “tallest twin towers in the world” as part of a 600-hectare development in Dubai have been floated by developer Emaar Properties. To claim the…
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Hard Rock Hotel to Open in Dubai’s Marina 101
28 Oct 2014 – Dubai, United Arab Emirates
Dubai’s Marina 101 will soon house the Middle East’s first Hard Rock Hotel, it was announced on October 27. The hotel will occupy the first 33 floors of the building and…
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Emaar Properties Unveils Plans for “City of the Future” in Dubai
27 Oct 2014 – Dubai, United Arab Emirates
Emaar Properties, Dubai’s largest developer, will launch two 40-story residential towers in the multi-billion-dollar Dubai Creek Harbor at The Lagoons, a 6.5 million-…
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Canal Views Luxury Hotel Opens in Dubai
20 Oct 2014 – Dubai, United Arab Emirates
Lying just a couple of minutes from the world’s busiest shopping mall, the new Canal Views luxury hotel enjoys views over the Business Bay canal, looking towards the…
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Crystal-Inspired Towers Launched in Dubai
15 Oct 2014 – Dubai, United Arab Emirates
The emirate’s first crystal-themed project, Sparkle Tower, has officially launched. The towers, situated in Dubai Marina, will have a jeweled décor that includes…
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Dubai’s Burj Khalifa Opens Highest Observation Deck in the World
14 Oct 2014 – Dubai, United Arab Emirates
The Burj Khalifa now has the world’s highest observation deck, following the unveiling of a new viewing level on the 148th floor. With its floor at 555.7 meters, it…
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Work Begins on Dubai’s Palm Jumeirah Project
10 Oct 2014 – Dubai, United Arab Emirates
Omniyat Group and Drake & Scull International (DSI) announced that they have begun construction on their megaproject in Palm Jumeirah, breaking ground on the first…
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Emaar’s Five-Bedroom High-Rise Penthouse in Dubai Sells for $6.2 Million
29 Sep 2014 – Dubai, United Arab Emirates
Emaar Properties, Dubai’s largest developer, has sold 72 units in The Address Residence Sky View in Downtown Dubai, with a five-bedroom penthouse selling for Dh $23…
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Work to Resume on Nakheel’s Palm Gateway in Dubai
22 Sep 2014 – Dubai, United Arab Emirates
Nakheel is to resume work on the landmark development at the entrance of the Palm Jumeirah – more than six years after it was first launched. The project is targeted for…
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Plans Unveiled for Apartment Blocks in Dubai’s Maritime City and Business Bay Areas
17 Sep 2014 – Dubai, United Arab Emirates
A Dubai developer plans to build two apartment blocks in Maritime City and Business Bay area in the form of a 48-story tower in Dubai Maritime City and a 25-story twin…
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Dubai’s Palm Jumeirah to Get New $1.4 Billion Royal Atlantis
15 Sep 2014 – Dubai, United Arab Emirates
Plans have been unveiled for a $1.4 billion Royal Atlantis Resort and Residences with a design that is set to dominate the Palm Jumeirah skyline. The property is…
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Highest Floors in Dubai’s Marina 101 Go On Sale
11 Sep 2014 – Dubai, United Arab Emirates
The top 20 floors of Marina 101, Dubai’s future second-tallest building, are going on sale. When completed at the end of December 2014, the 427-meter tall Marina 101 will…
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Emaar Unveils BLVD Heights in Downtown Dubai
9 Sep 2014 – Dubai, United Arab Emirates
On September 9, Emaar Properties announced the launch of BLVD Heights, comprising two residential towers connected by a podium, in Downtown Dubai. The new project will…

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Mövenpick Opens Sixth Hotel in Jumeirah Lakes
11 Nov 2013 – Dubai, United Arab Emirates
Mövenpick Hotel Jumeirah Lakes Towers has opened its doors, marking the Swiss operator's sixth Dubai hotel. The mixed-use property will contain 475 units, including 168…
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Rosewood Hotel Opens in Abu Dhabi
11 Nov 2013 – Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates
Rosewood Abu Dhabi became the first ultra-luxury hotel to open in Al Maryah Island, the new Central Business District (CBD) of Abu Dhabi. The hotel, designed by Handel…
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Arabtec Wins Mysterious Tower Contract
8 Nov 2013 – Dubai, United Arab Emirates
Arabtec Holding, Dubai's largest publicly listed construction firm, has been awarded an AED1.8 billion (US$500 million) contract to build a 77-story mixed-use tower in…
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"Not Planning Megatall," Says Emaar
7 Nov 2013 – Dubai, United Arab Emirates
Emaar Properties has issued a statement announcing that it currently has no plans to build a new tower that is taller than the Burj Khalifa. In the statement, a…
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Marina 101 Gets Dreamy Rename
11 Oct 2013 – Dubai, United Arab Emirates
Real estate company Dream has announced its next international hotel project, Dream Dubai, in the under-construction Marina 101. Dream officials disclosed that the hotel…
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MAG Steams Ahead with Four Major Developments
10 Oct 2013 – Dubai, United Arab Emirates
Dubai-based MAG Group said on Sunday it will unveil four new Dubai freehold residential and retail leasing projects this month, with a combined sales values of AED3.25…
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Lagoon Revival Arrives with a Splash
9 Oct 2013 – Dubai, United Arab Emirates
The world's largest manmade lagoon is to be constructed in Dubai as part of the planned Mohammed Bin Rashid City District One development. Meydan Group and Sobha Group,…
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Sales Begin for Advancing Entisar Tower Project
8 Oct 2013 – Dubai, United Arab Emirates
The Dubai-based Meydan Group today released 444 serviced apartments for sale in the 110-story Entisar Tower on Sheikh Zayed Road. The mixed-use supertall tower, at an…
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Branding Tall Buildings as Luxurious
6 Sep 2013 – Dubai, United Arab Emirates
Arabian Business profiles the process of marketing tall buildings in a recent article, including the man responsible for branding the Burj Khalifa. John Brash of Brash…
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SOM Designs Bank HQ in Dubai
4 Sep 2013 – Dubai, United Arab Emirates
Skidmore, Owings & Merrill has won the commission to design the Mashreq Bank Headquarters in Dubai. The 32-story office building features a cantilevered volume at the top…
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Bloomberg Weighs In on the Next Tallest Tower
20 Aug 2013 – Dubai, United Arab Emirates
June marked the announcement by Ahmed Bin Sulayam, Chairman of the Dubai Multi Commodities Centre (DMCC) announcement of his project to build the world's future tallest…
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Nation’s Towers Open, Featuring World's Highest Suspended Suite
19 Aug 2013 – Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates
The second St. Regis Luxury Hotel in the Nation's Towers in Abu Dhabi is now ready to welcome guests, after an eight-month delay of initial inauguration plans. The hotel…
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Dubai Creek Harbor Is Happening
19 Jul 2013 – Dubai, United Arab Emirates
Emaar Properties and Dubai Holdings have begun construction of their new central business district project, the Dubai Creek Harbor. The companies created the venture to…
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Banks to Fund Completion of Burj Al Salam Towers
16 Jul 2013 – Dubai, United Arab Emirates
UAE banks Emirates NBD and First Gulf Bank have signed an AED900 million (US$245 million) loan to fund the development of a three-tower project in Dubai. The topped-out…
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Site Chosen for World's Next Tallest Commercial Tower
10 Jul 2013 – Dubai, United Arab Emirates
The site of what could be the world's next tallest commercial tower has been revealed to Emirates 24/7. Ahmed Bin Sulayem, Executive Chairman of Dubai Multi Commodities…
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DMCC Proposes Next Tallest Commercial Tower
3 Jul 2013 – Dubai, United Arab Emirates
The Dubai Multi Commodities Centre (DMCC) announced on Tuesday it is planning to build what could ultimately be the tallest commercial tower in the world, in the Jumeirah…
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Google Takes to the Skies, Courtesy of the Burj
26 Jun 2013 – Dubai, United Arab Emirates
Google has taken its Street View imagery to the top of the Burj Khalifa, under the direction of Pascal Malite, Street View Program Manager. Google spent three days at the…
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West Avenue Sales Mark Dubai Real Estate Revival
25 Jun 2013 – Dubai, United Arab Emirates
Select Property has announced that its West Avenue project in Dubai Marina has sold over 90 percent in five months. The $109 million residential tower is the first to be…
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Elevators Fail in Princess Tower
17 Jun 2013 – Dubai, United Arab Emirates
Homeowners living in the tallest residential skyscraper still have to climb as much as 50 flights of stairs, after all eight elevators in the building broke down last…
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Infinity Tower is Renamed at Opening Ceremonies
11 Jun 2013 – Dubai, United Arab Emirates
The AED1 billion Infinity Tower has been renamed Cayan Tower, after its developer. The name was chosen to end the confusion with the other two Infinity Towers, in…

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Burj Khalifa Struck by Lightning
11 Dec 2012 – Dubai, United Arab Emirates
Photos have emerged of a lightning bolt striking the Burj Khalifa in Dubai. The tallest building in the world was hit during a rare electric storm that passed through the…
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Dubai's Impending Building Boom
6 Dec 2012 – Dubai, United Arab Emirates
The Wall Street Journal questions the next wave of construction projects announced for Dubai, given that the emirate is still $100 billion in debt from its 2008 boom-…
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Adrian Smith Talks Kingdom Tower
5 Dec 2012 – Dubai, United Arab Emirates
Construction Week has posted an interview with Adrian Smith about his work in the field of supertall buildings. He discusses the future world's tallest building, Kingdom…
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Dubai Announces Wind Code Revisions
8 Nov 2012 – Dubai, United Arab Emirates
The Dubai Municipality hopes to soon mandate the use of wind tunnel testing in the design of the region's tall buildings. The revised Wind Code requires designers to…
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Photos Released of Burj Khalifa in a Fog
19 Oct 2012 – Dubai, United Arab Emirates
The Daily Mail offers exclusive photos of Burj Khalifa at sunrise rising above an engulfing fog. German photographer Bjoern Lauen captured the images of the 828-meter (…

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3 Jul 2018 – Tel Aviv, Israel
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Dubai Creek Tower Pile Cap Construction Complete
30 May 2018 – Dubai, UAE
The Dubai Creek Tower has surpassed a construction milestone, the completion of the pile cap, two months ahead of schedule. The concrete placement work to date weighs 120…
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Beirut's Burj El Murr, An Unfinished Skyscraper, Has Been Decorated
29 May 2018 – Beirut, Lebanon
An unfinished 34-story skyscraper in Lebanon’s capital, abandoned since 1975, has been adorned with brightly-colored, striped curtains in a temporary art installation by…
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Jeddah Tower Reaches 63rd Floor as Infrastructure Works Progress
8 Feb 2018 – Jeddah, Saudi Arabia
Construction on Saudi Arabia’s $1.5 billion Jeddah Tower has reached the 63rd floor, with shell and cladding work to be completed next year. Scheduled for a 2020…
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New Residential Development in Beirut Completed
5 Dec 2017 – Beirut, Lebanon
Designed to respond directly to the site and culture of Beirut, Lebanon, the 3Beirut residential tower has completed, and will create a sustainable residential and retail…
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New Promo Video Offers Glimpse of Neom, Saudi Arabia's $500 Billion Utopian Megacity
6 Nov 2017 – Neom, Saudi Arabia
The promotional video for Neom, Saudi Arabia’s latest desert city project, promises not just a megacity, but a utopian metropolis serving humankind. The scheme will cost…
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107-Story TV Tower Planned for Istanbul
9 Aug 2017 – Istanbul, Turkey
Fabrication of the façade of Istanbul’s 356-meter Küçük Çamlica TV Tower (KCTV) has commenced. The tower is set to become a new city landmark, with 125 broadcasting…
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Proposed 111-Story Ramat Gan Tower Could Become Israel’s Tallest
26 Jul 2017 – Ramat Gan, Israel
A 111-floor high-rise office complex has been approved by the Ramat Gan Local Planning and Building Committee. When completed, the 440-meter-tall tower could become…
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Lebanon’s Tallest Building Completes in Beirut
13 Jun 2017 – Beirut, Lebanon
Lebanon’s tallest building has completed after a seven-year construction period. Rising above the vibrant streets of Beirut, the 52-story Sama Beirut houses several…
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Council Visit Reveals Insights on “World’s Next Tallest” Construction Progress in Jeddah
30 May 2017 – Jeddah, Saudi Arabia
CTBUH Executive Director Dr. Antony Wood was recently invited to visit the construction site of Jeddah Tower, poised to become the world’s tallest tower and the first 1,…
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Developers Highlight Job Opportunities at Jeddah City Development
19 May 2017 – Jeddah, Saudi Arabia
The developer of the under-construction Jeddah Tower has reiterated the importance of the upcoming Jeddah Economic City and accompanying tower projects to Saudi Vision…
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120-Meter Beirut Terraces Residential Tower Completes
18 Apr 2017 – Beirut, Lebanon
Architects have completed a 120-meter-tall high-rise in the heart of Beirut featuring a series of layered floor plates that float above the ground, referring to the…
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Israel’s Future Tallest Building Granted Approval in Tel Aviv
27 Mar 2017 – Tel Aviv, Israel
Measuring 400 meters in height, the 100-floor Intercity Tower in Tel Aviv has been granted planning approval. When completed, the new tower would become Israel’s tallest…
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Groundbreaking Ceremony Held for Phase One of Dubai’s Meydan One Complex
20 Mar 2017 – Dubai, United Arab Emirates
A groundbreaking ceremony was recently held for phase one of the Meydan One mega development. This first phase includes the construction of a 620-shop mall and a "…
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Beirut Terraces Tower Takes Shape in Lebanon
14 Feb 2017 – Beirut, Lebanon
In 2010, Herzog & de Meuron revealed plans for Beirut Terraces, the firm’s first residential project in Lebanon. Now, with the project nearing full completion,…
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New Luxury Hotel Proposed for Mecca
31 Jan 2017 – Mecca, Saudi Arabia
A competition winning scheme for a hotel and serviced apartments in the heart of Mecca has been revealed. The scheme addresses the shortage of accommodation in Mecca in…
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New Photos Reveal Completed Qatar Foundation Headquarters in Doha
24 Jan 2017 – Doha, Qatar
OMA's new headquarters building for the Qatar Foundation in Doha is revealed for the first time in exclusive photographs. The building comprises a large 57-meter-tall…
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17-Story High-Rise in Tehran Collapses after Fire
19 Jan 2017 – Tehran, Iran
Soldiers, sniffer dogs, and rescue workers are searching for an estimated 25 trapped firefighters in the ruins of a 17-story commercial building that collapsed on January…
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Connected Residential Towers Planned for Pearl-Qatar Island in Doha
20 Dec 2016 – Doha, Qatar
The developer behind the Pearl-Qatar has secured financing of up to USD$ 200.5 million to fund the construction of the connected Al Mutahidah Towers on the man-made…
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Architecture Firm Wins Master Planning for Mashhad Retail Project
21 Nov 2016 – Mashhad, Iran
The practice behind MediaCity UK in Salford has won master planning for a massive multi-tower shopping center scheme in Mashhad, Iran – its first project in the country.…
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Architect Wins Design for Beirut Museum of Art
14 Oct 2016 – Beirut, Lebanon
A Paris-based Lebanese architect has been selected to design the Beirut Museum of Art, which will feature a 124-meter-tall, campanile-like tower housing 1,000 works of…
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Tel Aviv Tower Set to Become Israel's Tallest Building
13 Oct 2016 – Tel Aviv, Israel
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Construction Progressing on Jeddah’s Upcoming Sail Tower
23 Sep 2016 – Jeddah, Saudi Arabia
Currently under construction, the 64-story Sail Tower in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia will include a Shangri-La Hotel, serviced apartments, and condominiums. The tower's design…
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Competition-Winning Design Selected for New Beirut Bank Headquarters
11 Aug 2016 – Beirut, Lebanon
An Oslo- and New York-based studio has won a competition to design the new headquarters of Banque Libano Francaise – the firm's first project in Lebanon. The design…
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Israel’s Next Largest Office Building Nears Completion in Tel Aviv
14 Jul 2016 – Tel Aviv, Israel
The developer behind Tel Aviv's three-tower Azrieli Center, which contains some of Israel's tallest buildings, is currently building the country's largest office tower,…
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First Renderings of Doha’s Hyacinth-Inspired Hotel Revealed
12 Jul 2016 – Doha, Qatar
An architecture firm has revealed plans to build a 38-story, fluid-form hotel as part of a new coastal district in Qatar. The building's design is based on the form of…
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Jeddah Tower Delayed after Contractor Problems
18 May 2016 – Jeddah, Saudi Arabia
The developer behind the one-kilometer-tall Jeddah Tower, set to be the world’s tallest building, has said that it is looking to get back up to speed after funding issues…
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Aedas Master Plans ALJ Headquarters in Jeddah
28 Apr 2016 – Jeddah, Saudi Arabia
Located in the city of Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, Andrew Bromberg of Aedas has designed the corporate headquarters for Abdul Latif Jameel (ALJ), the largest independently…
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Lebanon’s Tallest Building Almost Fully Clad
12 Apr 2016 – Beirut, Lebanon
The soon-to-be tallest building in Lebanon is rising above the vibrant streets of Beirut, its largest city. The tower's position in Beirut's Sodeco area puts it within…
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Designer Proposed for Luxury Hotel in Hawalli, Kuwait
7 Apr 2016 – Hawalli, Kuwait
An architecture firm has been appointed as the lead consultant for a new luxury four-star hotel, which is estimated to rise to 110 meters in height and include 122 rooms…
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Future World’s Tallest is 20 Percent Complete
16 Mar 2016 – Jeddah, Saudi Arabia
Jeddah Tower in Saudi Arabia, which is set to be the world’s tallest building, is over 20 percent complete, according to developers. The planned one-kilometer tower has…
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Solar Thermal Power Station Tower in Negev Desert to Provide Renewable Energy
7 Mar 2016 – Ashalim, Israel
The proposed 240-meter Ashalim Solar Thermal Power Station will provide around one percent of Israel's electricity. The country is aiming to meet 10 percent of the its…
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Tel Aviv Master Plan Features Greenery-Clad High-Rise Cluster
3 Mar 2016 – Tel Aviv, Israel
A local architecture firm has won a competition to design the Kaplan North master plan, covering an area of 32,000 square meters in central Tel Aviv. The plan features a…
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50-Meter Cube Completed in Beirut
3 Feb 2016 – Beirut, Lebanon
The Cube, a 50-meter high residential tower has recently been completed in Beirut, Lebanon. The building contains 19 apartments, ranging in size from 90 to 180 square…
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UAE-Based Developer Pitches Mixed-Use Scheme in Cairo
26 Jan 2016 – Cairo, Egypt
A UAE-based developer is campaigning to develop an 800,000-square-meter mixed-use property scheme in Cairo similar to an under-construction complex in Dubai. The…
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New Residential Tower Proposed for Beirut
7 Dec 2015 – Beirut, Lebanon
Lebanese architecture practice PARALX has won the AIA in Los Angeles' Merit Design Award for its T3 high-rise tower in Beirut. The tower is a part of a larger development…
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Developer Secures New Funding to Complete Jeddah Tower
30 Nov 2015 – Jeddah, Saudi Arabia
The developer behind Jeddah Tower, set to become the world’s tallest building, has secured new funding to complete its construction. A $2.23 billion fund has been…
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Master Plan Vision Adds Vertical Density and Extreme Height to Basra
17 Nov 2015 – Basra, Iraq
An architecture firm has revealed a vision for vertical high-rise living in the southern Iraqi city of Basra. Home to a bulk of Iraq’s oil reserves, the area is becoming…
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Three High-Rises Approved for Tel Aviv Seafront Redevelopment
8 Oct 2015 – Tel Aviv, Israel
The local Tel Aviv-Jaffa planning and building commission has recommended a new municipal construction plan for the multi-level Kikar Atarim site in central Tel Aviv. The…
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25-Floor Tel Aviv Mixed-Use High-Rise Approved
5 Aug 2015 – Tel Aviv, Israel
The Tel Aviv District Planning & Building Committee, chaired by Gila Oron, decided at its August 3 meeting to pass the plan for the Eldan Tower, a development near the…
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Bahrain’s $650 million Villamar Project to Restart
3 Aug 2015 – Manama, Bahrain
The developer of the long-delayed Villamar project – launched in 2007 close to the Bahrain Financial Harbour complex – said that work is restarting after the…
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Jerusalem’s Downtown to get Pyramid-Shaped High-Rise
27 Jul 2015 – Jerusalem, Israel
A Jerusalem municipal committee has approved the construction of a 105-meter, pyramid-shaped high-rise building and commerce project in the capital’s busy downtown,…
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Italian Architect Unveils Vision for Vertical City on the Sea in Doha
23 Jul 2015 – Doha, Qatar
An Italian architect has published a vision for a “vertical city settled in the water” consisting of 180 floors grouped in 10 overlapping layers with a total height of…
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Construction Continues on New Kuwait Investment Authority Headquarters in Kuwait City
13 Jul 2015 – Kuwait City, Kuwait
Construction continues on the 220-meter KEO-designed Kuwait Investment Authority Headquarters in Kuwait City, which is inspired by traditional Islamic design, and will…
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Jeddah Municipality Accused of Obstructing Skyscraper Construction
10 Jun 2015 – Jeddah, Saudi Arabia
A number of real estate developers and investors have accused Jeddah Municipality of obstructing the development of skyscrapers. They believe such buildings are needed to…
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Qatari Development Firm to Focus on Finishing 60-Tower Pearl Development in Doha
29 May 2015 – Doha, Qatar
A Qatari development firm will prioritize building its half-finished Pearl Development in Doha, a 60-tower residential project situated on a manmade island. With soaring…
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UAE Design Firm Unveils Winning Master Plan Bid for Mecca
28 May 2015 – Mecca, Saudi Arabia
A UAE-based design firm has won a competition to craft a new master plan for Mecca, Saudi Arabia – the holiest city in the world for Muslims. Engineering consultants Buro…
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Plans Announced for Luxury Tower Complete With Water Park in Doha
19 May 2015 – Doha, Qatar
A Qatari developer has announced plans to build the country’s first water park inside a residential tower in Doha. The 29-story Amwaj Suites and Residences will include…
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Mecca Soon to Host Another Mega-Hotel Development
18 May 2015 – Mecca, Saudi Arabia
The holy city of Mecca is set to receive yet another mega-hotel development. At almost 686,000 square feet (63,700 square meters), the $3.5 billion Abraj Kudai will be…
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Elevator Installation Prep Begins at Jeddah’s Kingdom Tower
11 May 2015 – Jeddah, Saudi Arabia
Elevator installation preparations have begun at the 1000-plus-meter Kingdom Tower. This work, as well as the eventual installation of the elevator cars, will then…
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Architects Plan Large-Scale Topographical Structure in Erbil
31 Mar 2015 – Erbil, Iraq
Designers have drafted a new large scale housing project in the southeastern region of Erbil, Iraq that will include luxury residences, as well as social and recreation…
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Saudi Arabia Progressing With $100 Billion King Abdullah Economic City
23 Mar 2015 – King Abdullah Economic City, Saudi Arabia
The Saudi government says it will build a brand-new city, dubbed Kingdom Abdullah Economic City (KAEC), on its western coast. The city would be the size of Washington, DC…
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SOM Designs New Four Seasons In Bahrain
13 Mar 2015 – Manama, Bahrain
The distinguished hotel chain Four Seasons has opened its doors in Bahrain’s capital city Manama in the form of a new tower, becoming the tallest building in the country…
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$700 Million Mixed-Use Project Launched in Sabah Al Ahmed Sea City
11 Mar 2015 – Sabah Al Ahmed Sea City, Kuwait
A Kuwait-based developer has launched the Al Khiran development, a new $700 million mixed-use project in Sabah Al Ahmed Sea City, which will consist of two high-rise…
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Two Towers Topped Out in the Heart of Riyadh
25 Feb 2015 – Riyadh, Saudi Arabia
Developers have announced that Damac Esclusiva and Damac Tower by Paramount have topped out in the heart of the Saudi capital of Riyadh, less than two years into…

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Offshore Hotel in Gulf Planned for Qatar 2022 World Cup in Doha
8 Dec 2014 – Doha, Qatar
Designs have been unveiled for the Silver Pearl Hotel, a 1,000-room luxury resort and conference facility for the Qatar 2022 World Cup, located 1.5 kilometers off the…
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Qatar World Cup Memorial Tower Raises Awareness of Rising Construction-Death Toll
4 Dec 2014 – Doha, Qatar
A conceptual Qatar World Cup Memorial tower was recently designed to represent the grim statistics of the nation’s increasing laborer death toll, which currently stands…
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Tender Issued for Iconic Katara Towers in Doha
2 Dec 2014 – Doha, Qatar
Katara Hospitality has issued a tender for the substructure and basement works at the Katara Towers, in Doha. The pincer-shaped twin towers in the Lusail district will…
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Construction Begins on AKH Tower in Dammam
29 Oct 2014 – Dammam, Saudi Arabia
Work has begun on AKH Tower. The aesthetically commanding tower comprises a seven-story podium and 27 standard office floors, while its envelope combines glazed curtain…
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Construction Has Begun on the Tallest Residential Tower in Bat Yam
7 Oct 2014 – Bat Yam, Israel
Construction has started on the Ashdar Tower project, which will have 164 housing units in a building that will be one of the tallest residential towers in Bat Yam. The…
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Rotana Announces Istanbul Hotel Project
1 Oct 2014 – Istanbul, Turkey
An Abu Dhabi-based hotel chain said that it has agreed to work with a Turkish developer to build Tri G, a 30-story glass and steel tower in the Günesli neighborhood on…
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Middle East Buyer Mulls Purchase of iSTMarina in Istanbul
26 Sep 2014 – Istanbul, Turkey
A Middle Eastern buyer is interested in purchasing one of the five towers in the Turkish iSTMarina project. Based in the Kartal region of Istanbul, iSTMarina is a five-…
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Riyadh Tower Showcased at Cityscape Global
23 Sep 2014 – Riyadh, Saudi Arabia
Riyadh Tower is being showcased this week at Cityscape Global, an international conference for real estate investors. The Riyadh Tower, located in the Olaya business…
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Jeddah’s Kingdom Tower to Utilize World’s Tallest Construction Crane
19 Sep 2014 – Jeddah, Saudi Arabia
Kingdom Tower, poised to be the world's tallest tower upon completion, has reached an important milestone in the project that will set another new world record — the…
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Elevator Crash Halts High-Rise Construction in Istanbul
10 Sep 2014 – Istanbul, Turkey
Two people have been detained in connection with the death of 10 workers on September 6, when an industrial elevator fell to the ground level from a higher floor of a…
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Astana Skyline on the Rise
22 Aug 2014 – Astana, Kazakhstan
After years of economic growth, the Astana skyline is now punctuated by gleaming skyscrapers and Western-style shopping malls. More than a dozen high-rises have been…
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Demolition Approved for Istanbul’s Skyline-Damaging Skyscrapers
20 Aug 2014 – Istanbul, Turkey
The Council of State has approved an earlier order by the Istanbul 4th Administrative Court to demolish controversial skyscrapers in Istanbul’s Zeytinburnu district that…
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Makkah Clock Tower in Mecca to Open for Tourists After Hajj
18 Aug 2014 – Mecca, Saudi Arabia
The Makkah Clock Tower, the second tallest building in the world, will open for tourists after Haj 2014, according to officials. Overlooking the Grand Mosque, the Makkah…
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Four Projects Under Design at Jeddah Gate
23 Jul 2014 – Jeddah, Saudi Arabia
Saudi Arabian developer Emaar Middle East says it is developing four projects at its flagship mixed-use Jeddah Gate development in Jeddah's downtown district. Each tower…
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New Technologies Emerge for Elevators in Jeddah’s Kingdom Tower
2 Jul 2014 – Jeddah, Saudi Arabia
There's no doubt that Saudi Arabia’s 3,280-foot (1,000 meter)-tall Kingdom Tower will be a luxury experience. As it turns out, even the elevators will be VIP. The Kone-…
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Luxury Residential Tower Tops Out in Beirut
23 Jun 2014 – Beirut, Lebanon
DAMAC Properties has announced the topping out of the $300 million DAMAC Tower residential high-rise in Beirut’s Solidere area. The 28-story DAMAC Tower was introduced as…
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KONE Wins Kingdom Tower Lift Job
5 Jun 2014 – Jeddah, Saudi Arabia
Jeddah Economic Co., the developer of the Kingdom Tower in Saudi Arabia, has selected KONE as the vertical transportation provider to deliver the world's fastest and…
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Pakistan Aviation Authority Bans High-Rises Within 15 km of Airports
30 May 2014 – Karachi, Pakistan
Pakistan’s Civil Aviation Authority has banned the construction of high-rise residential and commercial buildings within a 15-km range around airports across Pakistan…
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Amot Atrium Tower First in Israel to be LEED Pre-Certified
1 May 2014 – Ramat Gan, Israel
The US Green Building Council awarded the under-construction Amot Atrium Tower in Ramat Gan, Israel, a LEED Platinum pre-certification. With this, the Amot Atrium Tower…
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REX Goes Retractable in Doha
17 Apr 2014 – Doha, Qatar
Two media companies have commissioned REX to design a conjoined headquarters with a unique array of retractable sunshades that can transform the buildings’ glass façades…

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Al-Bidda Workers Going Hungry
19 Dec 2013 – Doha, Qatar
Migrant laborers, who have worked for almost a year without pay on Qatar’s Al-Bidda Tower, are running out of food and are prohibited from leaving the country or seeking…
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Why Turkey's Building Boom May Be Ending
21 Aug 2013 – Istanbul, Turkey
The New York Times chronicles the tentative financial futures of the building industry in Istanbul. "Cheap loans" from the US facilitated a tall building boom in the city…
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AS+GG Partner Discusses Supertall Construction on Chinese Radio
12 Aug 2013 – Jeddah, Saudi Arabia
Adrian Smith + Gordon Gill Architecture partner Robert Forest was interviewed by China Radio International English about the rising number of supertall skyscrapers,…
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Israel's Tallest Approved as Part of Four-tower Plan
2 Aug 2013 – Tel Aviv, Israel
The Tel Aviv Local Planning and Building commission has approved the Keren HaKirya plan for an 80-story mixed-use tower, which could be Israel's tallest skyscraper, The…
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Richard Meier Tower Nears Completion in Tel Aviv
25 Jul 2013 – Tel Aviv, Israel
In anticipation of the completion of the Meier-on-Rothschild tower in Tel Aviv, Haaretz has published an interview with Pritzker Prize-winning architect Richard Meier.…
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Kingdom Tower Officially Underway and On Schedule
26 Jun 2013 – Jeddah, Saudi Arabia
Saudi Arabia's Prince Alwaleed Bin Talal says the project to build the world's future tallest skyscraper in Jeddah is progressing as planned. The prince made the…
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Saudi Prince Looks to Pursue Another Supertall
18 Jun 2013 – Jeddah, Saudi Arabia
Saudi billionaire Prince Alwaleed Bin Talal announced that plans to build the Kingdom Tower in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia are on schedule, taking the opportunity to express…
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Jerusalem Makes a Move Toward Becoming a Vertical Metropolis
6 Jun 2013 – Jerusalem, Israel
As part of its new initiative to develop a new center for business and commerce in Jerusalem, the city's Regional Planning the Building Committee is set to approve a pair…
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Kingdom Tower Secures Water Supply
29 Apr 2013 – Jeddah, Saudi Arabia
The Jeddah Economic Co. has signed a water supply deal for the Kingdom Tower with Saudi Arabia's national water company, Bloomberg reports. For SAR2.2 billion (US$587…
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The National Highlights Kingdom Tower
13 Mar 2013 – Jeddah, Saudi Arabia
A recent article from The National explores the implications of building the world's next tallest building. The article asks industry experts whether the Kingdom Tower…
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The Shard's Project Managers to Oversee Kingdom Tower
25 Feb 2013 – Jeddah, Saudi Arabia
The £780 million (US$1.2 billion) project to build the world's tallest building in Saudi Arabia will be managed by the firm behind the construction of the recently…
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Israel Takes Steps to Encourage High-rise Living
12 Feb 2013 – Bat Yam, Israel
The Caanan-Shenhav Architects-designed Ashdar One Tower will be the second of a series of six residential towers to be constructed in the city of Bat Yam, just south of…
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Businessweek Examines Elevator Advancements
4 Feb 2013 – Jeddah, Saudi Arabia
As tall buildings become grow taller, the elevator industry is attempting to refine elevator designs in order to carry people to unparalleled heights. Bloomberg…
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Jordan’s Future Tallest Tower Tops Out
7 Dec 2012 – Amman, Jordan
DAMAC Properties has announced its tower in Amman, Jordan is now topped out. The Heights, which will be the tallest residential tower in the country when it is completed…
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Israel's Capital Encourages Vertical Projects
13 Nov 2012 – Tel Aviv, Israel
Foundation work has begun on a 110-meter (360-foot) high-rise in Tel Aviv, which will include the country's most expensive penthouse. The city is also moving to encourage…
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Tall Tower Project Resurrected in Qatar
6 Nov 2012 – Doha, Qatar
Qatar-based Lusail Real Estate Development Company (LREDC) has announced plans to restart work on the 112-story Doha Convention Centre Tower (DCCT) two years after its…
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Qatar Aims to Become a Leader in Sustainability
31 Oct 2012 – Doha, Qatar
Architecture Source's article A Tale of Contradictions: Qatar's Green Building Movement reports on fast-growing Qatar's advancements in the green building movement, which…
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Kingdom Tower Signs Foundation Deal
9 Oct 2012 – Jeddah, Saudi Arabia
Although there is still no official word on when construction will start on Kingdom Tower, there are signs of progress. Saudi BAUER Foundation Contractors Ltd. this week…

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Developments of Structural Systems Toward Mile-High Towers

Sep 2018 – International Journal of High-rise Buildings Volume 7 Number 3
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How to Protect High-Rise Egress Routes?

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CTBUH Dubai Committee Hosts: 2018 Top Architects and Designers in the Middle East
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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…
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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
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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
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Best Tall Building Featured Finalist: Gate Towers: Creating Urban Habitat in the Sky
7 Nov 2013 – CTBUH "12th Annual Awards"; Gurjit Singh, Aldar Properties
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The Global Tall Building Picture: Impact of 2017
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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.
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…
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…
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 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…
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.
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…
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…
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…
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.
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…
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.
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…
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…
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…
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…
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…
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…
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.
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.
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

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.

Iris Bay

Iris Bay, Dubai

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

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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 233 Completed47 Under Constr.
300m+ Buildings 26 Completed13 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 8 Years
Most Common Function Residential (51%)
Most Common Material Concrete (95%)

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   The Address Boulevard 2017 370 m Dubai
9   Almas Tower 2008 360 m Dubai
10   Gevora Hotel 2017 356 m Dubai
  Completed   Arch. Topped Out   Struct. Topped Out   Under Constr.
1   Burj Khalifa 2010 828 m Dubai
2   Dubai One 2022 711 m Dubai
3   The Jumeirah Business Bay - 485 m Dubai
4   SRG Tower 2022 471 m Dubai
5   Uptown Dubai Tower 1 - 459 m Dubai
6   Marina 101 2017 425 m Dubai
7   Princess Tower 2012 413 m Dubai
8   23 Marina 2012 392 m Dubai
9   La Maison by HDS 2021 387 m Dubai
10   Burj Mohammed Bin Rashid 2014 381 m Abu Dhabi
  Completed   Under Constr.   Proposed