Whether you realise it or not, you have heard of Nakheel Properties. The property development company is probably the most ambitious in the world, and its flagship projects are world famous. They include the Palm Islands (pictured below), the planned Dubai Waterfront (expected to become the world’s largest man-made archipelago) and The World.
Although it was reported in 2009 that the company was experiencing financial difficulties as a result of the 2008 financial crisis, this doesn’t seem to have stopped them thinking big. The Nakheel Tower project is currently on hold, but if it goes ahead, it will be the world’s tallest skyscraper – standing at a full kilometre above the ground.
The tower will be the centrepiece to the Nakheel Tower and Harbour complex on the artificial Jumeirah Island. The masterplan is based on Islamic principles of design, taking some of the ‘best bits’ from other famous Arab cities such as the Alhambra, Alexandria and Tangier. If Nakheel Tower becomes a reality, it will thumb the nose at Nakheel’s largest competitor, Emaar Properties who are currently constructing the Burj Dubai, the world’s tallest structure (for now).
- There would be more than 200 floors and 150 lifts
- A workforce of approximately 30,000 would be involved in construction
- There would be 10,000 parking spaces
- The development would include an additional 40 towers ranging in height from 20 floors to 90 floors (250m-350m)
- There would be over 19,000 residential apartments in the complex
- 3,500 hotel rooms are planned with a super luxury 100-room hotel to be located at the top of Nakheel Tower
In brief, the complex would be a veritable city in its own right.