The Middle East is aiming for new heights in the global ‘Megatall’ towers race. This was announced by EC Harris in a unique study; Megatall: What does it take?
As per the study, within the next decade, the trend of building ‘Megatall’ towers – those which reach more than 600m high – is likely to increase, particularly in the Middle East. Four out of ten of the world’s tallest buildings are currently located in China, but Dubai is storming ahead with three of the world’s four tallest buildings to be built there alongside the current tallest building in the world; the Burj Khalifa.
Although the 2014 opening of China’s Sky City will reach higher than the Burj, this will soon be taken by the Kingdom Tower in Saudi Arabia. Due for completion in 2019, the Kingdom Tower will rise 1000m; just over three times the size of The Shard in London.