The sky’s the limit for a developer who unveiled this stunning plan to build the world’s tallest building, inspired by the legendary Hanging Gardens of Babylon.
The breathtaking, yet-to-be-named skyscraper in Dubai will be “a notch taller” than the 2,717-foot-high Burj Khalifa, which is currently the tallest tower on Earth, according to Mohamed Alabbar of Emaar Properties.
The shimmering $1 billion building will boast rotating viewing balconies with gardens — to lure wealthy residents to the city— along with a rooftop courtyard and a hotel, new renderings reveal.
The sky-high building is scheduled to be completed in time for the Dubai Expo 2020 trade fair in four years, when its final height will be announced, according to Alabbar.
The hyper-slender, needle-shaped tower will be anchored to the ground with cables for an “elegant” look, he added.
“It will be a gift to the city before 2020,” Alabbar promised, adding, “Many would like to have a view.”
But the structure’s unusual design — with its substantial lack of usable space — means it won’t likely be widely recognized as a taller building than the Burj Khalifa, which was also designed by Emaar Properties in 2010.
Spanish architect Santiago Calatrava designed the tower, which will also feature 18 to 20 mixed-use floors.
It will also boast restaurants near one of the city’s best-known creeks, Alabbar said.
The government-backed company wants to draw more home-seekers to the area after a fire gutted a well-known residential skyscraper nearby on New Year’s Eve.
Dubai has carved out a reputation for futuristic new skyscrapers and a unique skyline in recent years.