The Middle East for the last few years has been a civil engineer’s/architects heaven. Expansion projects, mega structures, pimped out buildings and lavish plazas are all the rage in the UAE and Saudi Arabia. Whether it be the Burj Khalifa in Dubai, the tallest building in the world or the huge clock tower overseeing the Holy Ka’abah in Makkah, the Middle East has got it all and they aren’t stopping, they’re going to build something even taller, the Kingdom Tower.
The Kingdom Tower is just a concept right now but it plans to beat the record of the Burj Khalifa as the tallest building in the world. It will be located in the commercial hub of Saudi Arabia, Jeddah and will be the centre piece of a planned mega city called Kingdom City, a project worth £13 billion overlooking the Red Sea.
Now for some specifications, the tower will be 1000 meters tall beating out the Burj Khalifa by 500 feet and will use up half a million cubic meters of concrete and 80,000 tonnes of steel. The finished building will have 200 floors and 59 elevators, five of whom will be Double Decker. The tower will cover 500,00 square meters . All of this will cost a staggering £780 million.
The city covering 5.3 million square meters is a mega project to obviously attract tourism (Jeddah is a tourist attraction) and to boost the economy since the tower will house business offices, commercial apartments and shopping malls as well as hotels. The project will also help create jobs for the locals.