Though the geography of the supertall has shifted from the United States to the Middle East and Asia in the 21st century, American architects and engineers are the principal designers of many of the buildings -- including the world's tallest, the Burj Khalifa, which opened a year ago in Dubai.
Vision is a word you hear a lot in the GCC. But just imagine if you will, sitting down in a meeting and deciding to construct the world's tallest building in your city. Not one that is going to be the tallest by a few dozen metres, and relinquish its title to another tower, in another city, within a few years, but the tallest by a massive margin.
The Dubai Police recently interrogated a man who posted a viral video shot in the emirate, showing an iPhone 7 being hurled from one of the top floors of...
A traditional ceremony to mark the completion of the world's tallest freestanding broadcasting tower has been held in Tokyo. A Shinto priest offered prayers of safety and prosperity for the new landmark in Tokyo - the 634-metre-high tower named the Tokyo Sky Tree. Construction, which began in July 2008, was completed earlier this week.
As skyscrapers like the Burj Khalifa are built throughout the world to topple records and flex national and economic muscle, in the megacity of İstanbul such tall wonders are seen as necessities as its population and its finance sector grow to new heights.
“I don’t think I will ever forget the moment we were told that we’d won the contract to build the tallest tower in the world,” reminisces Philippe Dessoy, general manager of Besix. “It was a dream come true; it was the best day of our lives I think. And it was with pure inspiration and pride that we began our work on the Burj.” But despite the elation over the jaw-dropping paycheck, building the world’s tallest tower wasn’t as easy as it might have seemed and it did come with troubles of its own.
"In the meantime, with construction continuing on site, people can now see the superstructure rising above the bridges and roads that surround the Dubai Pearl site which is located at the base of Palm Jumeirah. Dubai Pearl will begin to have a physical impact so everyone driving past the site will be able to follow its construction from now until completion."
According to some of the world's most respected news sources, it is the crowning glory of the world's tallest building: a mosque on the 158th floor of the Burj Khalifa, and the highest on Earth. The BBC reported it in a story on the opening of the Burj on January 4 last year: "The world's highest mosque and swimming pool will meanwhile be located on the 158th and 76th floors."
For the first time this year, Dubai investors will not be first to get a chance to buy in to Emaar Properties’ new project. Dubai’s largest developer will be launching The Address Residence Sky View II in Downtown Dubai on May 18, but the actual launch will take place simultaneously in three cities: London, Doha and Riyadh.