Dubai’s reputation of being the city of the world’s tallest, largest and most expensive construction behemoths is under some serious threat from the neighbouring country of Republic of Saudi Arabia. The current world’s tallest building, Burj Khalifa’s record is under pressure from one of Saudi Arabia’s most ambitious building projects, the Jeddah Tower, set to reach an astounding height of 1 kilometres!
Saudi Arabia’s ambitious Jeddah Tower will replace Dubai’s iconic Burj Khalifa as the world’s tallest building after its successful completion in 2020. The towering skyscraper will have an incredible height of 3,280 feet (1 kilometre)! The project is a part of Jeddah Economic Company and Saudi Arabia’s Alinma Investment. The tower’s estimated construction cost will run into 1.23 billion Saudi riyals and the large amount of funds (8.4 billion Saudi riyals) have already been secured to establish the state-of-the-art and contemporary Jeddah City.
The project has currently reached a height of 26 floors and after its scheduled completion will have 200 floors and will overlook the Red Sea. Once completed, it will surpass Dubai’s iconic Burj Khalifa which stands at 2,716 feet (827 metres). Constructing such an ambitious project will require about 5.7 million square feet of concrete and 80,000 tons of steel.
However, there are several challenges involved in this ambitious project. The tower’s base foundation will be 200 feet in depth and will have to battle the saltwater of the nearby sea. Wind load is another issue which will be encountered by this 1 kilometre tall skyscraper. Another issue will be to pump the concrete to the higher floors and allowing it ample time to cool and settle down among other things.
However, once complete, it will be a sight to behold. Imagine climbing one kilometre up in a lift, way above the floating white clouds. This extreme feat of engineering offers us a glimpse into the future of human engineering. Who knows, humans could actually built a stairway to heaven or even enter the other space through their construction!