Dubai’s recently launched tower to be designed by Spanish architect Santiago Calatrava

Dubai’s recently launched tower to be designed by Spanish architect Santiago Calatrava

Dubai’s recently launched tower to be designed by Spanish architect Santiago Calatrava

Dubai’s recently launched tower to be designed by Spanish architect Santiago Calatrava will have the world’s highest observation deck.

Sources close to the project say the record-breaking observation deck will mean the height of the tower, which has not been disclosed, will be at least 634 metres – the height of the observation deck planned for the under-construction Jeddah Tower in Saudi Arabia.

According to the US-headquartered Council of Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat, the Jeddah Tower will have the world’s highest observation deck from 2018 onwards. Shanghai Tower in China has had the highest observation deck since 2015. Dubai’s Burj Khalifa, the world’s tallest building, had the highest observation deck from 2010 to 2015.

The appointment of Calatrava was approved on 6 February by Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid al-Maktoum.

The design is reportedly inspired by Islamic architecture and meets the requirements of modern times, as well as the local environment and culture. Calatrava’s design was selected ahead of five other proposals.

It is understood the tower will be part of the Dubai Creek Harbour development that is being developed by Emaar Properties and Dubai Holding in the Ras al-Khor area of the emirate. The 6-square-kilometre master development is similar in scale to Emaar’s Downtown Dubai district, which is home to Burj Khalifa.