Developers race to build next tallest tower

Developers in Dubai are in the race to build the next tallest tower with no news as to who will get there first.

Dubai is home to the iconic 828-metre high Burj Khalifa, the world’s tallest tower, but companies here are now vying to claim second place on the list of tallest towers in the emirate.

RP Global, the latest to enter the property development arena, has announced plans to build RP One, which it claims will be the second tallest tower in Dubai, Emirates 24/7 reported.

“The mixed-use tower will be unveiled in the second half of this year. This Dh4-billion development is situated right behind the Business Bay Metro Station on Sheikh Zayed Road and will further define the Dubai city skyline,” company Chairman Dr Ravi Pillai told Emirates 24|7.

Meanwhile, Meydan Group had announced plans for a 100-plus storey Entisar Tower on Sheikh Zayed Road, located close to Radisson Royal Hotel in 2013, claiming the right to be the second tallest tower in the emirate.

Dubai Multi Commodities Centre (DMCC) is another company in the race to build the second tallest tower. It announced it plans for Burj 2020 in 2013, stating, it will be the world’s tallest commercial tower.

In a report, UK-based EC Harris said that within the next decade — the trend of building 'megatall' towers — those which reach more than 600 metres high – is likely to increase, particularly in the Middle East.

The Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat data also reveals there are only 11 towers in the world, which are constructed with over 100 floors.

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