Flags of Emaar Properties PJSC, builder of the world's tallest skyscraper, fly near high-rise properties in the Marina district of Dubai, United Arab Emirates, on Saturday, Dec. 10, 2011. Dubai and its state-owned non-financial companies have $101.5 billion of outstanding debt and may need further financial support to meet those obligations, Moody's said. Photographer: Gabriela Maj/Bloomberg

Emaar‬ Properties will break ground

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Emaar Properties, Dubai’s largest property developer, will commence work on The Tower, the centerpiece of 6-square-kilometre Dubai Creek Harbour development, next month, and will be 100 metres taller than 828-metre Burj Khalifa, company Chairman Mohammed Alabbar told CNN in an interview.
“The tower will have a boutique hotel, few floors of gardens, restaurants, observation [decks] and function halls. The plaza will be much bigger than this [Downtown] plaza because of the sheer size of the tower and the cables… but what we will do with the plaza and how we beautify it and real estate around it will be quite a job,” Alabbar said.
“It adds value to real estate. The new Burj will have cables supporting the building… the cables are almost like jewelry, and ‪‎Calatrava‬ has done a fabulous job.”
The tower, yet-to-be named, will be ready before Dubai hosts Expo 2020, starting October 20, 2020 to April 10, 2021.
In April 2016, Alabbar said at the launch of the $1 billion (Dh3.67 billion): “We are keeping the height quiet at this stage… probably we announce when we open up the tower. It will be notch taller than Burj Khalifa.”
“There will be swinging platforms so people will be able to go into the platform and then the platform will turn and you will in the viewing deck,” Santiago Calatrava Valls, the project architect, told this website.
The tower, with 18 usable floors, draws design inspiration from the lily and evokes the image of a minaret, which is a common feature and distinctive aspect of Islamic architecture.

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