Dubai is globally recognised as the city of modern architecture. Just like the Eiffel Tower is a beautiful ode to 19th century Europe, the Burj Khalifa has become the defining 21st-century icon of architectural accomplishments. While the Burj Khalifa will forever hold a special place in the annals of architectural history, The Tower or the Dubai Creek Tower is soon set to overshadow the mighty Burj.
INTERESTING DUBAI CREEK TOWER FACTS
Let’s have a look at some fun Dubai Creek Tower facts.
1. IT’S GROUNDBREAKING EVEN AT THE FOUNDATION LEVEL
The future beacon of Dubai architecture made history even at the foundation level. A record-breaking number of 140 barrette piles were used to make the foundation of Dubai Creek Tower. Furthermore, the test load that was performed on the base weighed 36,000 tonnes – the maximum weight carried out on a single pile to date! And that’s just the beginning!
2. IT’S DESIGN IS AN ODE TO ISLAMIC ARCHITECTURE
The Tower’s design has been inspired by a traditional minaret – the tower-like structure you can see on mosques. A minaret is traditionally used for the Muslim call to prayer and, as such, it is an important symbol of Islamic culture. However, The Tower’s design was also inspired by the lily flower. So, the skyscraper will be linked to the ground with steel cables, resembling the delicate ribbing of the lily leaves.
3. THE DESIGN OF THE CREEK HARBOUR TOWER WAS CHOSEN BY HH SHEIKH MOHAMMED BIN RASHID AL MAKTOUM HIMSELF
According to Emaar’s official website, it all started with a competitive international design pitch involving the world’s top architects. Once all the designs for the Creek Harbour Tower were gathered in one place and His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, UAE Vice President and Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai, hand-picked the winning design himself.
4. IT WAS MASTER PLANNED BY THE GENIUS ARCHITECT SANTIAGO CALATRAVA
The mastermind behind the stunning architecture of the Creek Harbour Tower is the renowned neo-futuristic architect Santiago Calatrava. This Spanish-Swiss architect is also a structural engineer, sculptor and painter. His works are most famous for resembling live organisms. Among his most famous buildings is The Museum of Tomorrow in Rio de Janeiro and the Milwaukee Art Museum.
5. IT WILL FEATURE “DYNAMIC ILLUMINATION AND MOVEMENT LIGHTING”
A statement from Emaar said that The Dubai Creek Tower will feature “dynamic illumination and movement lighting” to make it a breathtaking landmark during both day and night. The engineering company Aurecon is also working on advanced technology to enable the tower’s summit to emit a ‘beacon of light’ from its peak. The idea behind this is to “evoke the features of a flower bud that appears to hover above the structure”.
6. THE DUBAI CREEK TOWER HEIGHT WILL BE TALLER THAN BURJ KHALIFA
At the groundbreaking ceremony, Santiago Calatrava’s son, Micael Calatrava revealed to the press that the team is unsure how much taller the Dubai Creek Tower’s height will be in comparison to the Burj Khalifa. However, later sources confirmed that the Dubai Creek Tower compared to Burj Khalifa will be 100 metres taller. The skyscraper is expected to be completed at an estimated cost of 1 billion USD. Once it is completed, it will join the list of the tallest skyscrapers in the UAE.
7. THE TOP OF THE DUBAI CREEK TOWER IS RESERVED FOR THE PINNACLE ROOM
At the very top, The Tower will feature an oval-shaped bud that will house ten observation decks, including The Pinnacle Room. This room will offer 360-degree views of the city after being developed by the engineering firm Aurecon. We imagine that the view will be even more spectacular than the 360-degree view at the top of the Burj. At the moment, Aurecon is collaborating with Calatrava himself on bringing all the decks to life.
8. VIP OBSERVATION GARDEN DECKS WILL ALSO BE A PART OF THE DUBAI CREEK TOWER
In addition to the Pinnacle room, the tower will feature VIP Observation Garden Decks, which will be exclusively available only to certain visitors. These will recreate the splendour of the ‘Hanging Gardens of Babylon,’ which is thought to be one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World. Dubai Creek Tower by Emaar will also be home to hotels and restaurants.
9. THE TOWER DUBAI WILL FEATURE STUNNING VIEWS
The 6 sq.km Dubai Creek Harbour (think of the size of Downtown Dubai then double that!) will sit by the Dubai Creek. Conveniently, it will be only 10-minutes away from the Dubai International Airport, which makes it the ideal location for globe trotters. Dubai Creek Harbour will also be set by the Ras Al Khor Wildlife Sanctuary – home to pink flamingos and over 60 other rare bird species. Of course, the Tower itself will be linked to Dubai’s brand new “mega retail district”.
10. “A NEXT-GENERATION SMART HUB”
We all know that Dubai is a centre of innovation and a future smart city. But, According to Emaar’s press team, the Dubai Creek Harbour, on the whole, will integrate “the latest design, engineering and sustainability features. Poised to become a next-generation smart hub, it will also incorporate an advanced digital lifestyle defined by the latest developments in artificial intelligence.”
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DUBAI CREEK TOWER COMPLETION DATE
Given the ongoing circumstances, the Dubai Creek Tower’s progress has slowed down. The completion date of Dubai Creek Tower building is now expected to be in the year 2021. Previously, the tower was due for completion just in time for Expo 2020.
DUBAI CREEK TOWER LOCATION – DUBAI CREEK HARBOUR
The Dubai Creek Tower by Emaar is located at the Dubai Creek Harbour – a mixed-use development by Emaar that is set to become the ultimate residential, commercial, retail and entertainment destination of the city. In case you are interested in being a part of the Dubai Creek Harbour community, there are hundreds of properties available for sale in Dubai Creek Harbour.
Those were the 10 Dubai Creek Tower facts that everyone should know about.
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