Dubai is planning to build the world’s tallest building


Dubai is planning to build one of its most elaborate structures yet, with developers promising that it will dwarf Dubai’s Burj Khalifa, the world’s tallest building. The new tower, based at the center of a new development called Dubai Creek Harbour, is set to boast rotating balconies and landscaping inspired by the mythical hanging gardens of Babylon.

Mohamed Alabbar, chairman of the Dubai-based Emaar Properties, said the huge viewing tower would cost about $1 billion (£700 million) to build. He also said the final height would be announced closer to the topping-out ceremony — but he expects the tower to eclipse the pinnacle of the Burj Khalifa, which stands at 828 metres (2,700 feet) and cost $1.5 billion (£1.05 billion) to build.

Alabaar said the tower would be a “gift to the city before 2020” — when Dubai hosts the Expo trade fair for real estate and development. The complex, a tribute to Arab ambition and European engineering, will be designed by the Spanish-Swiss architect Santiago Calatrava Valls.