Dubai developer Emaar is set to start work on a spectacular new observation tower combining Islamic and modern architecture on the shores of the Dubai Creek, following the approval of its engineering design by HH Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai.
The new building will be linked to the central island district of Dubai Creek Harbour with a vibrant 4.5-km-long creek boardwalk offering an array of retail, dining, leisure and entertainment choices on the creek, according to the state news agency Wam.
Work on the tower – which is yet to be named – will begin shortly and its height will be announced later, it adds.
It has been designed by Santiago Calatrava Valls, a renowned Spanish/Swiss architect, structural engineer, sculptor and painter, who is credited with works including the World Trade Centre Transportation Hub in New York and, Chicago Spire Tower, both in the US; Calgary Peace Bridge in Canada; and the Olympic Sports Complex in Athens, Greece; among others. The design was short-listed from a competitive international design pitch.
The new design will reflect Islamic architecture and the UAE’s rich culture and heritage, the report says.
The new tower is designed to become a monument and cultural and tourist landmark at Dubai creek, combining Islamic architecture and modern design.