Local developer Emaar Properties has received bids for the deal to build The Tower at Dubai Creek Harbour.

The bidders are:

The procurement for the estimated $1bn project is being fast-tracked and Emaar is planning to award the construction contract in December.

The superstructure comprises three key elements. They are: a concrete core, a steel frame structure on top of the concrete core, and cables descending down from the tower to the ground.

France’s Soletanche Bachy is working on the substructure. The tower is designed by Spanish/Swiss architect and engineer Santiago Calatrava Valls. Calatrava is working with the local office of Aurecon as the consultant, supported by the UK’s RMJM. The project manager for the tower is US-based Parsons.

On 10 October, Dubai officially confirmed the tower will be the world’s tallest tower when it is completed in 2020. The final height has not been disclosed. To become the world’s tallest tower, it will have to be more than 1,008 metres in height, which is the expected height of the under-construction Jeddah Tower in Saudi Arabia.

Dubai tops world’s tallest buildings ranking

Sheikh Mohamed bin Rashid Boulevard as seen from the top of the Burj Khalifa

Sheikh Mohamed bin Rashid Boulevard as seen from the top of the Burj Khalifa

Dubai is home to more of the top 100 tallest buildings than any other city in the world, according to the US-headquartered Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat’s (CTBUH’s) latest rankings.

The emirate has 15 of the world’s 100 tallest buildings, which is more than double the seven that are in New York, which is the second-ranked city. China’s Shenzhen, Hong Kong and Chicago make up the rest of the top five. Abu Dhabi is ranked 13th equal, with two of the world’s top 100 tallest buildings.

Regional companies have played a key role in the Middle East’s skyscraper boom of the past 15 years. Overall, the Middle East has 21 of the top 100 tallest buildings. Read more