The Kingdom Tower in Saudi Arabia, which will be the world’s tallest tower at 1,008 metres, will be completed in December 2018, said Mounib Hammoud, CEO of Jeddah Economic Company, speaking at MEED’s Arabian World Construction Summit (AWCS) in Dubai on 12 May.

The contractors working on the SR6bn ($1.6bn) project expect to complete the raft foundation of the tower, which is the largest of its kind in the world, in August this year. “It is the largest concrete raft in world. In places, the thickness is five metres,” says Hammoud. “Everything in the tower is the biggest or tallest.”

The tower will be the nucleus of a new commercial centre to the north of Jeddah. The first phase will be 1.4 million square metres and will include the tower, a mall, a large mosque for 12,000 worshippers together with other residential and commercial buildings.

The contractor working on the tower is the local Saudi Binladin Group. In February 2013, a joint venture of the UK-based EC Harris/Mace was awarded the project management contract to oversee the development of the tower. The client developing the tower and the surrounding Kingdom City is Jeddah Economic Company.