DUBAI – Nearly a year after breaking ground, the public is being offered a sneak peek of what it’s like to build the world’s next tallest man-made structure – Dubai Creek Tower.
Building within the 2.3 square-mile Dubai Creek Harbour complex, Emaar is looking to eclipse its most famous creation the Burj Khalifa, the world’s tallest structure since 2010. To do so has required laying 236ft deep foundation piles – a world record – set to be capped with 1.59 million cubic feet of concrete. When completed, the 3,045ft tower will best the Burj by a massive 322ft.
The “gravity-defying” tower, whose design takes inspiration from the lily flower and traditional minarets, will become the centrepiece of a mega development, the Dubai Creek Harbour that is said to be bigger than Downtown Dubai.
At least 170,000 cubic metres of soil have been dug up, 211,200 tonnes of concrete have been poured and 15,000 tonnes of steel cages have been installed at the site, according to a video.
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Dubai Media Office has shared images showing the progress at the work site in Ras Al Khor, as well as the complex process and heavy machinery required to build an icon.
Gigantic construction equipment can be seen on site and so far, workers have spent one million hours on the project without accident.
Work on the foundations has already been completed. The project broke ground in October 2016, according to the Khaleej Times.