UAE's Emaar Properties to develop tower in Dubai Creek area

Posted on 8th February 2016

The UAE's Emaar Properties is set to develop a tower in the Dubai Creek area.

Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE, and Ruler of Dubai, HH Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, approved a design for the tower on 6 February.

Six international consultancies had bid on the design package for the tower.

HH Sheikh Mohammed approved the designs during a visit to Burj Khalifa.

The Dubai Ruler was accompanied by Mohammed Alabbar, chairman of Emaar, Fadil Al Ali, CEO of Dubai Holding, and Khalifa Sulaiman, director-general of Dubai Protocol and Hospitality Department.

Spanish-Swiss architect, Santiago Calatrava, was picked for his design of the tower.

Calatrava's design is inspired by Islamic architecture, and reportedly "meets requirements of modern times, as well as local environment and culture".

According to state agency WAM, HH Sheikh Mohammed is aiming for the upcoming tower to become "another landmark and a tourist attraction in the UAE".

The Ruler said the tower will be an "architectural wonder that will be as great as Burj Khalifa and Eiffel Tower", according to Constructionweekonline news report.

Alabbar said construction work on the tower will commence within a few months.

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