One-fifth of the world's 'supertall' buildings are in Dubai
There are 100 ‘supertall’ buildings in the world, and one-fifth of them stand proud in Dubai.
This is according to a new report by the Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat, which has listed the globe’s completed towers that qualify as supertall, meaning they stand at 300 metres or higher. To put that height into perspective, the Burj Khalifa is 830 metres tall.
Of the 100 supertall towers around in the world, there are 18 right here in Dubai. The three tallest after the Burj Khalifa are all in Dubai Marina: the Princess Tower is the 17th tallest in the world, 23 Marina is the 20th tallest and Elite Residence is the 25th tallest.
Supertall buildings are certainly a trend of the 2010s. Because, in the 80 years from 1930 to 2010, 50 supertall buildings were built; and then, in the five years from 2010 to 2015 another 50 were built.
Most newer ‘supertall’ buildings are in Asia and the Middle East – while New York is the centre of sky-high skyscrapers in the USA.
There are, of course, more ‘supertall’ buildings planned for Dubai. There are designs for a 711 metre tower in Meydan One, called Dubai One, and work is expected to begin this year on the 700 metre Burj 2020 tower in JLT. Meanwhile, the 100-plus storey Entisar Tower on Sheikh Zayed Road (next to Ascott Park Place) is currently in the early stages of construction.
The under-construction Entisar Tower will completely transform the Trade Centre area of Sheikh Zayed Road.
In the region, there is of course the plan for the 1km high Jeddah Tower in Saudi Arabia (formerly known as the Kingdom Tower), it broke ground in 2013 and will stand taller than the Burj Khalifa when completed.
Kingdom Tower will loom over even the Burj Khalifa.
Photos: Getty Images, Meydan Group, Supplied.