Looking up: 1 in 5 super-tall completed buildings found in Dubai
Dubai is known for its skyscrapers, many of which had become a platform for daredevils arrested after grabbing their 15 minutes of fame through hair-raising acts.
Now, a listing shows the city hosts 19 “supertall” buildings out of the top 100 skyscrapers in the world. Yet it is en route to bagging the 20th too, but the final height of its next super-tall skyscraper remains a guessing game for construction gurus.
A listing of The Skyscraper Center of the Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat (CTBUH) cites Dubai as the city that hosts nearly 20 per cent of the world's tallest completed buildings.
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An infographic published by building information provider Emporis shows Burj Khalifa, which stands at 828 metres, still at the undisputed top spot for the last seven years.
But the race is on for the world's tallest man-made structure.
Several other buildings — including the under-construction 1-km Kingdom Tower in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia as well as another super-tall building which broke ground in Dubai last week, called The Tower at Dubai Creek Harbour — are vying to dislodge Burj Khalifa’s stature.
The final height of this upcoming Dubai skyscraper was not revealed.
But the developer — a joint venture involving Emaar Properties and Dubai Holding — confirmed that it has set its sights on nothing less than the tallest of the lot.
Emaar Properties built Burj Khalifa, which was inaugurated in January 2010.