Saudi Arabia is building the world’s tallest skyscraper — here’s what it will look like

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A rendering of the Jeddah Tower, a skyscraper under construction in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia. Adrian Smith + Gordon Gill Architecture

At 2,717 feet, the Burj Khalifa in Dubai reigns as the tallest tower in the world.

But by 2020, a new skyscraper may claim that title. Jeddah, Saudi Arabia is building a high-rise that will stretch 3,280 feet into the sky.

Called the Jeddah Tower, the building will serve as the centrepiece for a larger redevelopment called the Jeddah Economic City.

Check it out below.


The tower is under construction in Jeddah, a port city in Saudi Arabia.

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Jeddah, Saudi Arabia. Flickr / bagito16

Adrian Smith + Gordon Gill Architecture designed the skyscraper, which will feature a pointy summit and over 200 floors.

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Source: Business Insider


Inside, it will have restaurants, hotel rooms, apartments, and a shopping mall.

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Essentially, the tower may serve as a mini-city.

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The building’s 157th floor will have the world’s tallest observation deck. For perspective, the deck will rise 55 stories higher than the one at Manhattan’s Freedom Tower.

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The Jeddah Tower will cost Jeddah Economic Company and Alinma Investment — the two groups financing the project — roughly $US2.2 billion.

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Formerly called the Kingdom Tower, the Jeddah Tower will stretch around 563 feet taller then the Burj Khalifa in Dubai.

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In Basra, Iraq, architecture firm AMBS has proposed another skyscraper, called the Bride, that would be even taller than the Jeddah Tower. However, there are no definite plans to build it.

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Source: The Guardian


As of February 2018, 60 floors are complete.

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Kingdom Holding Company, the development firm behind Jeddah Economic City, is billing it as a city of the future. Designed by HOK Architects, the city will host energy efficient homes, shops, a transit system, and offices.

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A rendering of Jeddah Economic City in Saudi Arabia. Kingdom Holding Company

The city’s construction will cost approximately $US20 billion, stretch over two square miles, and open as early as 2026. The project is one of several ready-made cities that Saudi Arabia is building.

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The developers hope that Jeddah Economic City will attract “investors, tourists, as well as business opportunities that will break global records, becoming the first of its kind in city life.”

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Source: Jeddah Economic City