Ground breaking ceremony for Calatrava Dubai supertall

Emaar Properties has broken ground on its 928m-tall The Tower at Dubai Creek Harbour.

The ground-breaking ceremony was attended by HH Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE, and Ruler of Dubai; Mohamed Alabbar, chairman of Emaar; and Mohammad Al Gergawi, chairman of Dubai Holding.

Scheduled to complete in 2020, The Tower looks set to become the world’s tallest manmade structure. At 928m, the building will be 100m taller than Emaar’s current record holder, Burj Khalifa.

Once finished, The Tower will become the centrepiece of Dubai Creek Harbour, a 6km2 master-planned community that is being developed as part of a joint venture between Emaar and Dubai Holding.

Commenting at the ground-breaking ceremony, Alabbar said: “The Tower is inspired by [HH Sheikh Mohammed’s] vision, and his firm belief that, in the race for excellence, there is no finish line.

“From Burj Al Arab, Emirates Towers, Burj Khalifa, and now The Tower, Dubai has been the centre of innovation for super-tall structures and breakthrough developments in design, architecture, and engineering.

“We are pushing our boundaries in every aspect of this new master-planned development; one of the largest in the world, which underlines the spirit of positivity and hope that our nation celebrates.”

HE Al Gergawi added: “The ground breaking of The Tower is another historic moment for the UAE, as we mark the construction of another icon that will add to the [country’s] civic pride. At the heart of Dubai Creek Harbour, the super-tall structure will create lasting value and serve as one of the must-visit tourist destinations in the city.”

The Tower was designed by Santiago Calatrava Architects & Engineers, with Aurecon as the engineer of record. The project’s architect, Santiago Calatrava Valls, said: “The design and architectural features of The Tower demand unique engineering approaches that are currently being implemented on site.

“Extensive studies were undertaken in preparation for the ground breaking, and the learning that we have gained from the experience will add to the knowledge base of mankind,” he concluded.