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Old June 20th, 2013, 10:11 AM   #1
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SHANGHAI/MOSCOW/LONDON/NEW YORK | Prince Alwaleed bin Talal's Tower | ~1600m | ~5249ft | Canceled

Saudi billionaire Prince Alwaleed bin Talal eyes world's big cities for mile-high tower

DUBAI: Saudi billionaire Prince Alwaleed bin Talal says he is looking at the world's largest cities, including Shanghai, Moscow, London and New York, as possible locations to build a mile-high skyscraper that would be the world's tallest building by far.


The prince is inviting Dubai's biggest real estate developer Emaar Properties, chaired by Mohammed Alabbar, to team up with his investment firm Kingdom Holding on the project.

"Right now we are discussing and evaluating the possibility of building a one-mile (1.6-kilometre) tower," Alwaleed told Reuters by telephone late on Monday.

"We also need good partners. I invite Emaar and Mr. Alabbar to join forces with us and see how we can build the ultimate one-mile tower somewhere in the world."

Alwaleed did not say how the project would be financed if it went ahead, or when it might be completed. He said the cost had yet to be decided.

But his ambition reflects the growing confidence of many Gulf companies as they expand overseas, aided by booming economies and rising asset prices in their home countries.

"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," Alwaleed said.

He said countries interested in hosting the world's tallest tower would have to offer attractive financing terms, tax breaks and other government support.

Alabbar could not immediately be reached for comment. Over the past year, Emaar has committed itself to several other huge projects in Dubai and nearby countries.

Industry experts have said building a one-mile skyscraper would involve technical and design challenges, such as how to supply water economically at that height, but would not be impossible.

If it is built, the mile-high tower would surpass the world's current tallest skyscraper, the 828-metre (2,717-foot) Burj Khalifa in Dubai, as well as the one-kilometre-high Kingdom Tower now being built by Kingdom Holding in the Saudi Arabian city of Jeddah.

The Kingdom Tower is expected to cost around 4.6 billion Saudi riyals ($1.2 billion) and will form part of a hotel, retail and luxury residential project.

The structure is expected to reach ground level by the end of this year and to be completed in 2017, said Talal Al Maiman, executive director at Kingdom Holding.

About 30 per cent of useable land in the overall project, which will have an area of about 5.3 million square meters (57 million square feet), will be allocated to hotels. The remainder will be divided equally between retail and premium residential space, Al Maiman added.

Kingdom Holding, which went public in 2007, has a market value of about $18.5 billion, making it one of the largest listed investment firms in the Middle East. Its assets include stakes in top Western firms such as Citigroup, News Corp and Twitter as well as luxury hotels around the world.

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Old June 20th, 2013, 02:49 PM   #2
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Original thread was moved here: http://www.skyscrapercity.com/showthread.php?t=1639063, since it's not a real proposal.
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any news about this project?
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Old July 22nd, 2013, 02:19 PM   #4
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This is too good to be true. Although the groundbreaking of Sky City did push the boundaries of what I am willing to believe, this just still sounds too good to be true
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Old July 22nd, 2013, 02:37 PM   #5
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Please god, don't destroy the skyline of New York by building this tower over there! Leave it to Shanghai, that's more suitable.

What's London doing in that list?
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Destroy? A mile high tower would make the skyline of NYC the best skyline in the world by far. NYC is by far the best place to build this building ........ if it would be built (which it most probably won't)
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Old July 22nd, 2013, 04:27 PM   #7
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it would suit New York a lot. new York feels a bit unorganized currently. too many crazy designs, but one tall tower would make an eye catcher and draw the attention of the skyline to a central point, which would organize the skyline in my opinion.
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Old July 22nd, 2013, 04:46 PM   #8
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yes, NYC would get my vote too.
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Old July 22nd, 2013, 04:52 PM   #9
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If it were to be built in Manhattan you would have to demolish alot of buildings and also the grid would be blocked like in central station with MetLife building. Because the base would be so wide it would take up many New York streets.
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Old July 22nd, 2013, 04:54 PM   #10
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London on this list is a nonsense. Moscow's strategy isn't going for skyscrapers any longer.
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If it were to be built in Manhattan you would have to demolish alot of buildings and also the grid would be blocked like in central station with MetLife building. Because the base would be so wide it would take up many New York streets.
Or they could just redevelop the Javits Convention Center. It would make for an excellent centerpiece in the new Hydson Yards Neighbourhood.

I just wonder what effect this would have on all the other supertall proposals if it does end up coming to NYC, it could dry up office space demand for at least a decade.
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Old July 22nd, 2013, 05:13 PM   #12
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If it were to be built in Manhattan you would have to demolish alot of buildings and also the grid would be blocked like in central station with MetLife building. Because the base would be so wide it would take up many New York streets.
There are many places in the HY that have large sites which could accomodate this. However, New Yorkers would not want a hyper tall tower like this. It would be DOA. (Consider the massive public opposition to rezoning the Grand Central area for 350m towers.) This will be built in Asia or the Middle East.
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Old July 22nd, 2013, 05:40 PM   #13
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Maybe in a second tier Chinese City. I would opt for Nanjing or the other plot next to Gate of the Orient in Suzhou so one 300, one 700+ and one 1600m+
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Please god, don't destroy the skyline of New York by building this tower over there! Leave it to Shanghai, that's more suitable.

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5280 foot tower will NEVER be build in NY especially when so many airports are close buy. Not a chance
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5280 foot tower will NEVER be build in NY especially when so many airports are close buy. Not a chance
Saying the word never in the context of our science focused civilization is a very naive thing indeed
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Old July 22nd, 2013, 10:32 PM   #16
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i would rule out London and NYC. I wouldn't rule out Moscow, they had that massive site for the Crystal Island Tower. Russia is also building that 1500 ft tower in St Petersburg.
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Saying the word never in the context of our science focused civilization is a very naive thing indeed
What does science have to do with FAA height regulations? Do you know what science is?
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Science has something to do with absolutely everything on this planet. As technology progresses, FAA regulations will change. You seriously expect that in a century we'll be using the same aircraft we are using today?

Also, the primary reason I was adressing was the fact that as science progresses, the feasible height to which buildings can rise will increase as well. I bet that in a century mile high towers will be considered medicore
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New york would be awesome, although reality tells me to lean closer to the middle east.
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i am hoping for east or south east asia, but i also think it would probably be a city in the middle east in the end
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