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Jeddah Tower: The World’s Tallest Skyscraper has Resumed Construction to Surpass Burj Khalifa
Jeddah Tower The World’s Tallest Building Has Resumed Construction

Jeddah Tower, The world’s tallest building in Saudi Arabia, has resumed construction with the aim of surpassing 1,000 meters in height, which is greater than the Burj Khalifa in Dubai.

The skyscraper, set to eclipse the Burj Khalifa in the United Arab Emirates, is being designed by Adrian Smith + Gordon Gill Architecture.

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Key Facts About the Project

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The Jeddah Tower has been a long-term project, beginning in 2013, and has faced several delays, including a significant pause in 2018 and additional setbacks brought about by the COVID-19 pandemic. 

Seeking New Contractor Bids

The project’s developer, the Jeddah Economic Company (JEC) has invited new contractor bids to complete the project. Several international contractors have been called upon to submit comprehensive proposals by the end of 2023, which should include an exact timeline for the project’s completion.

Current Progress

Image Credit Ammar Shaker

Before the construction hiatus, approximately one-third of the building had been completed. It had progressed to level 50 out of 157, with the piling and foundational works already completed.

The Tower’s Design

Image Credit Adrian Smith + Gordon Gill Architecture

Upon completion, the skyscraper will reach a height of 3,281 feet, or 1,000 meters. This surpasses the iconic Burj Khalifa by 564 feet or 172 meters. The tower is designed to feature a sleek, glass-clad exterior with a sloped façade, drawing inspiration from the folded fronts of desert palm trees.

Mixed-Use Building

Image Credit Adrian Smith + Gordon Gill Architecture

Designed to be a mixed-use building, the skyscraper will boast the world’s tallest observation deck, a Four Seasons hotel, residences, and offices. The scheme is part of a significant revitalization of Jeddah’s urban core.

Optimization and Sophistication

Image Credit Adrian Smith + Gordon Gill Architecture

The design also optimizes residential space with a “three-petal footprint,” creating an aerodynamic shape that reduces wind loading. Additionally, the tower’s elevator system is expected to be one of the most sophisticated worldwide, traveling at speeds of 10 meters per second.

Sky Terrace

Image Credit Adrian Smith + Gordon Gill Architecture

The tower’s elevator system will be one of the most sophisticated in the world, with elevators traveling up to ten meters per second. At level 157, a sky terrace will be open to the public and will be the world’s highest observatory.

Jeddah’s Urban Revitalization

Image Credit Adrian Smith + Gordon Gill Architecture

The resumption of the Jeddah Tower’s construction symbolizes Saudi Arabia’s commitment to progress, innovation, and architectural prowess. Completing this project will not only mark a significant step in Jeddah’s urban revitalization but also a milestone in the world of architecture and design.

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