New Dubai tower to be higher than Burj Khalifa

Gordon burj Khalifa flickrThe Burj Khalifa developers have revealed plans to build a tower that surpasses the height of the tallest structure in the world

Emaar Properties PJSC, the government-backed company that built the Burj Khalifa, has revealed that the new tower would be bedecked with rotating balconies and elevated landscaping inspired by the mythical hanging gardens of Babylon.

Unlike the Burj Khalifa, the new building will not be a traditional skyscraper. The US$1bn tower will be designed as a cable-supported spire containing garden observation decks with trees and other greenery. The developers plan for it to house a boutique hotel, restaurants and glass balconies that rotate outside the wall of the tower.

The new tower will be the centrepiece of a new six sq km development on the edge of the Dubai Creek. This is located near a protected wildlife sanctuary that is frequented by flamingos and other water birds.

The tower is due to open by the Dubai World Expo in 2020.

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