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Old June 18th, 2013, 01:51 PM   #1
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Mile-high tower: Prince Alwaleed invites Burj Khalifa developer Emaar to go for new record
Lucy Barnard
Jun 19, 2013



The Saudi prince funding the world's tallest tower in Saudi Arabia has invited Emaar to help develop an even higher mile-high tower in one of the world's largest cities.

According to press reports on Tuesday, Prince Alwaleed bin Talal, one of the world's richest men, has invited Emaar chairman Mohammed Alabbar to team up with his own property development company Kingdom Holding to develop the tower.

Locations which the prince says he is considering include Shanghai, Moscow, London and New York.

"I am now inviting the major cities of the world like Shanghai, Moscow, New York, London and regional cities in the Middle East to come and give their offers," Mr Alwaleed told Reuters, adding that interested countries would have to offer attractive financing terms or tax breaks.

The prince omitted to mention how much the project would cost or how he planned to finance it.

Prince Alwaleed's Kingdom Holdings is currently developing the Kingdom Tower in Jeddah, which is set to overtake the 830-metre Burj Khalifa in Dubai when it is expected to be completed in 2018. A mile tall tower would exceed this by another third, measuring 1.6 kilometres.

Back in 2009 the prince announced that Emaar would develop the Kingdom Tower and supervise its construction although the tie up was later shelved as construction of the US$1.2 billion scheme was delayed due to the global financial crisis.

In February, a joint venture led by Kingdom Holding awarded the construction contracts to develop the long awaited tower to Mace and EC Harris.

The 500,000 square metre tower will include a Four Seasons hotel, serviced apartments, offices and flats.

Earlier this week Kingdom Holdings announced in its website that a company board of directors meeting had heard that a final deal had been struck with hotel operator Four Seasons and initial construction work on the project was going according to plan.

Neither Emaar nor Kingdom Holding were immediately available to comment when contacted by The National.


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Old June 18th, 2013, 02:20 PM   #2
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Is this for real? How can he be inviting other cities and Emaar if he himself is building WTB??
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Old June 18th, 2013, 02:23 PM   #3
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Invited SEOUL!!!
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Old June 18th, 2013, 02:52 PM   #4
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that tower is gonna end up in dubai
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Old June 18th, 2013, 02:53 PM   #5
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Go to LONDON - The Financial Centre of the world.
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that tower is gonna end up in dubai
No it probably will not.... Dubai would be the last place the prince wants it - he sees Dubai as a rival. Didn't you read?

"Locations which the prince says he is considering include Shanghai, Moscow, London and New York."

I really hope London will have it. Maybe on the sight of The Pinnacle?! *lightbulb moment*
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Old June 18th, 2013, 02:58 PM   #7
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And regional middle eastern cities which Dubai is one!!

I would like to see it in either New York or London.

However it will probably be in any city but these because of the strict laws and guidance relating to construction of buildings so my preference is ...

DUBAI.

Might aswell build an absolute Mecca of gigantic structures. Be closer to looking like a city from Star Wars too
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Old June 18th, 2013, 03:03 PM   #8
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No it probably will not.... Dubai would be the last place the prince wants it - he sees Dubai as a rival. Didn't you read?

"Locations which the prince says he is considering include Shanghai, Moscow, London and New York."

I really hope London will have it. Maybe on the sight of The Pinnacle?! *lightbulb moment*
It seems you didn't read! it says "regional cities in the Middle East to come and give their offers" and maybe they are rivals when it comes to the middle east but talking worldwide I'd say they'd team me against western cities
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Old June 18th, 2013, 03:09 PM   #9
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How cool would it be if both New York and Shanghai (both cities have one of the most massive and impressive skylines on earth) end up with a 1km+ tall tower ...

Btw this belongs to the proposed section.
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Argh sorry I mis-read that part - my bad. But yes, I still do not think Dubai would be a contender... maybe Abu Dhabi or Kuwait etc etc. But the fact that he has mentioned the financial centres of the world, I am thinking that would be his main preference - otherwise why mention them at all?

I really think London could have this one.
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He would seriously have to kiss some ass if the this was to be built in London. No chance i'm afraid.
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No chance and no point, at least in London or New York.
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He would seriously have to kiss some ass if the this was to be built in London. No chance i'm afraid.
If he buys out the Pinnacle site it will be totally different. With that availablilty I believe this could be a real possiblity.
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If he buys out the Pinnacle site it will be totally different. With that availablilty I believe this could be a real possiblity.
Unfortunately not. The Pinnacle is in "The City" - A banking district. They wouldn't even take a second look at this proposal and as a site would not even be viable as the size of foundations and the foot print itself would be far, far bigger than anything available.

London is far too built up with far to many flight paths and potential residential disturbances for this to even be considered.
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Old June 18th, 2013, 04:31 PM   #15
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Moscow.
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i highly doubt it would be new york..maybe a chinese city or arab city

oo maybe chicago

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It would look decent in London because it seems to try to contrast the historic low rise with the futuristic skyscraper for aesthetics but I'm pretty sure the historical preservationists will start banging a lot of pots and pans if this project starts in London. Other cities with a massive skyline (Shanghai and New York) the thing would look so out of proportion to everything else, the tower is like 3 times taller than 1 WTC and more than 2 times taller than the Shanghai Tower. Also there is an issue with airport approach lanes in New York and poor soils for foundations in Shanghai.

PS its interesting that he did not mention Hong Kong... but I think a tower like that will ruin that skyline too.
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They should restart Russia Tower, but taller and keeping with the proportions.
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This isn't really "proposed", as nothing has been officially confirmed yet.
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