Dubai Creek Tower: Fun Facts about Dubai’s New Skyscraper
The Dubai Creek Tower is the new skyscraper under construction in Dubai. It’s set to overtake the Burj Khalifa as the tallest building in the city. Construction of the tower began in 2016 and is set to be completed by 2020. We have all the interesting facts about the megastructure.
Fun Facts about Dubai’s New Skyscraper
The design is inspired by Islamic architecture
The tower’s design is inspired by a traditional minaret. A minaret is used by Muslims for their call to prayer, hence is a symbol of Islamic culture. This is further enhanced by a lily flower inspired design.
The tower will be anchored to the ground through steel cables that resemble the ribbing of lily leaves. At the top, there is an elongated over a shaped structure, which evokes the bud of a lily flower. The tower comprises a slender stem that acts as the spine of the tower.
Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum chose the tower’s design
The tower’s developers, Emaar Properties, held an international design competition for the top architects around the world to pitch their designs. Once the entries were in, His Highness Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, who is the ruler of Dubai, picked the winning design.
The Tower design is by genius architect Santiago Calatrava
The genius mind behind the tower’s magnificent design is Spanish-Swiss architect Santiago Calatrava. He is also a structural engineer and is well known for his work such as The Museum of Tomorrow in Rio de Janeiro and the Milwaukee Art Museum.
The Tower will have dynamic illumination
The Dubai creek tower will have dynamic illumination and moving lights as its unique feature. There will be a beacon of light at the top, which will give the illusion of a flower bud hovering above the structure.
The Tower will be the tallest structure in Dubai
The height of the Dubai Creek Tower is estimated to be 928 meters with 210 floors. It will therefore be 100 meters taller than Burj Khalifa, which is 828 meters tall with 163 floors.
The tower is located within the vicinity of Dubai Creek’s waterfront, near Ras Al Khor National Wildlife Sanctuary. It will serve as the centerpiece of Dubai Creek’s new district that is also under development. The 6 square kilometer area will be Dubai’s new commercial district hub with residential, retail, and entertainment spots.
The tower will have a pinnacle room at the top
The oval-shaped structure at the top of Dubai Creek Tower will host ten observation decks and the pinnacle room. The pinnacle room will have 360-degree panoramic views of the entire city.
The tower will have garden observation decks
Besides the pinnacle room, the tower will also have VIP garden observation decks. These will be designed to recreate the majestic ambiance of the ancient Hanging Gardens of Babylon. There will also revolve balconies that visitors can use to go outside for unobstructed views.
Dubai Creek Tower will be mostly observation decks or sky gardens. About 20 floors will be occupied by hotels, restaurants, and residences. The antenna at the top will be used for broadcasting.
With the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, the progress of construction has slowed down. Its completion is now projected for 2021.
Dubai Creek Tower: What can you look forward to?
- 360-degree views of Dubai city from the 10 observation decks at the tower. You will also be able to spot pink flamingos and over 60 bird species from the Ras Al Khor Wildlife Sanctuary located next to the tower.
- Touring the plaza at the foot of the Dubai Creek Tower. It will span an area of 800 square meters, the plaza will have water features and curated landscapes.
- Proximity to Dubai’s new mega retail district where you can shop and visit other entertainment destinations
- Visit Dubai square, which is set to be one of the biggest leisure destinations in Dubai. You will be able to go shopping, dine at fine restaurants, and have fun at entertainment facilities.
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Dubai Creek Tower has set expectations as high as the newest skyscraper in Dubai. If you are visiting Dubai on your next vacation, this might be one of the stops you won’t want to miss. For more informaion check our Dubai tourism website.