‘We have completed the design, and can confirm it will be 1,022 metres, and located in Bahrain,’ says an HLT spokeswoman. ‘But we can’t provide any more details until the client has given final approval.’

The government and client are both expected to approve the multi-billion-dollar project soon. If built, the new tower will be twice the height of the current record holder, the 509-metre-high Taipei 101 in Taiwan, and about 200 metres taller than Burj Dubai, which is under construction.

Manama would also take from Kuwait City the mantle of having the tallest proposed tower. In February, details were released on the 1,001-metre-high Mubarak al-Kabir tower in Subiya (MEED 7:4:06).