It's no secret that the unofficial motto of Dubai is "go big or go home", but the emirate is going even further. Not content with being home to the tallest building in the world, Dubai has already started construction on an edifice that will surpass the Burj Khalifa to reach dizzying new heights and steal the crown. So, what do we know about the building that is simply known as "The Tower"?
Towering above the rest
When it is finished The Tower is set to reach a height of 928m, surpassing the Burj Khalifa's 828m by 100m. It will sit in the area of the emirate dubbed Dubai Creek Harbor, which is set to have an exciting future, as plans for a new tourism development are underway. All of this is scheduled to be completed by 2020, when the Burj Khalifa's reign as the tallest building in the world will come to an end. It has held the title since 2008 and will remain an important landmark for Dubai.
Breaking records is all well and good, but such an edifice must have a purpose and it's one visitors to Dubai from all over the world will be able to enjoy. From staying in the boutique hotel that is to be located inside to enjoying breath-taking vertical gardens, The Tower promises to be a must-see destination for every Dubai holiday. A variety of restaurants, bars and shops will mean that many hours can be spent enjoying the pastimes the emirate has become famed for.
The pinnacle of tourist attractions
The highlight of the structure for many is likely to be The Pinnacle Room, which will provide unparalleled views of Dubai in every direction. The 360-degree vistas will not only allow you to take in some of the most recognisable sights in Dubai, particularly its famed skyscrapers, but also the Ras Al Khor Wildlife Sanctuary that lies on the edge of the new development.
For the truly fearless, there will also be the opportunity to step onto a glass balcony the likes of which have never been seen before. These features will sit outside the wall and will slowly rotate, offering an extra dimension. It would appear that the people behind The Tower are looking to make it stand out for more than just its height.
The Tower's place on the Dubai skyline
How The Tower, which may take on a different name once it is completed, will change the skyline of Dubai is already clear. Mock-ups of the building show a streamlined façade, reaching up to a needle-point tip, shrouded in a silvery veil of grounding cables. It will be distinctive, but far from out of place in the forward-thinking United Arab Emirates (UAE).
It is the Spanish-Swiss architect Santiago Calatrava Valls who is behind the design of The Tower. He has a number of bridges, art complexes and skyscrapers to his name, including the Turning Torso Tower in Sweden. The special foundations required to secure a building as tall as The Tower in Dubai are being laid 72m below ground and have been tested to withstand 36,000 tonnes. A tall tower needs deep roots and they don't get much deeper than that!
The price tag
Despite threatening to take the Burj Khalifa's title, it is the same team behind the world's current tallest building that is constructing The Tower. Emaar Properties is responsible for the whole of the Dubai Creek Harbor development and the huge structure will be its focal point. At a cost of $1 billion (£649,525,000), there's no doubt it will draw attention and attract visitors to this part of Dubai. With just three years set aside for construction, it's an ambitious project, but there is no shortage of that in this part of the world.
A reason to return to Dubai
Those who have holidayed in Dubai before will know that it is a fascinating place to explore, while return visitors will have seen first-hand that it is always changing. If you've already experienced the observation deck on the 148th floor of the Burj Khalifa or even just marvelled at its impressive height from below, there will soon be a new item to tick off your bucket list. It's time to start planning a trip up The Tower in 2020, the future world's tallest building.