Mile-high skyscraper may not be far off, experts say

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A mile-high skyscraper — almost double the height of today's record-holder — might be a reality by 2025 as developing countries lavish cash on an ego-fueled race to put up the world's tallest building. “If you have enough money, I'm sure the human mind can create a lot higher,” said Timothy Johnson, chairman of the Chicago-based Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat, widely recognized as the world's arbiter of tallest structures.

Obama tours new World Trade Center site

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President Barack Obama ventured onto the hallowed ground of the World Trade Center site Thursday, getting a firsthand look at the skyscraper being built to replace the twin towers destroyed in the Sept. 11, 2001, terror attacks.

Mile-high tower: Prince Alwaleed invites Burj Khalifa’s Emaar to set new record

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The Saudi prince currently developing the world's tallest tower has invited the Dubai developer Emaar to help develop an even higher building - a mile high - in one of the world's largest cities.

UAE has world’s ‘vainest’ skyscrapers – study

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The UAE has the "vainest" skyscrapers in the world, a report measuring the extent of spires and other height-boosting additions to the top of buildings has said.

Kingdom Tower financing complete

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Financing for the kilometre-high Kingdom Tower is complete, Talal Al Maiman, chief executive officer and managing director of Kingdom Real Estate Development Co., said in an interview in Shanghai on Friday. The Kingdom Tower in Jeddah will eclipse today’s highest skyscraper — the 828-metre Burj Khalifa in Dubai — when completed in 2018. The tower is expected to cost $1.2 billion to build, with construction expected to be concluded in about five- and-a-half years, the company has said.

Kingdom Tower project in Jeddah progressing as planned

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Prince Alwaleed bin Talal, chairman of Kingdom Holding Company ( KHC ), headed the fifth board of directors meeting of Jeddah Economic Company (JEC) in Riyadh with the board members.

Composites-intensive clock tower inaugurated in Saudi Arabia

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The 607m tall Makkah clock tower, the central tower of the Abraj-Al Arab development in Makkah, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, features more than 40,000-sq-m of advanced composite panels, and material supplied by Gurit. At 607m/1,991 ft tall, the building is the second tallest in the world.

Tokyo Skytree is world’s second tallest building

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The world’s tallest tower and Japan’s biggest new landmark, the Tokyo Skytree, opened to the public last Tuesday. It is only second to the world’s tallest structure, Dubai’s Burj Khalifa, which stands 828 metres. The Tokyo Skytree stands at 634m. These tall structures are classified under different categories – buildings or skyscrapers and towers, each required to meet a host of specifications to qualify.

Kingdom Tower project in Jeddah gets final go-ahead

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A Jeddah-based project to build the tallest tower in the world has been given the go-ahead after it received its final license, Chairman of Kingdom Holding Company (KHC) Prince Alwaleed bin Talal confirmed.

China’s effort to reach for the sky

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Less than a year after construction was halted on a world-beating 838m tower in Changsa in central China (just days after it began) architects have revealed plans to build something even taller.