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Old October 21st, 2010, 10:39 AM   #1341
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Holly shit!

Christmas came earlier this year..

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Old October 21st, 2010, 12:47 PM   #1342
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would be great, but i don't believe it until i will see photos from the site...
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Old October 21st, 2010, 01:06 PM   #1343
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Yeah, if you read Alwalid's book, you'll know that he's gonaa do it.
(The articles say within the next three weeks. People in Jeddah, please keep close eye on location, don't let us wait for long, as we already waited for sooo long)
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Old October 21st, 2010, 01:17 PM   #1344
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Let's hope they'll come out with a better design

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Old October 21st, 2010, 08:22 PM   #1345
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Kingdom Holding to build world's tallest tower

Announcement expected in three weeks; tower is part of $20bn project in Jeddah

By Reuters | Published Thursday, October 21, 2010

Saudi-based Kingdom Holding Company plans to build the world's tallest tower as part of a project worth 75 billion riyals in the city of Jeddah, a newspaper report said on Thursday.

Alsharq Al-Awsat newspaper, citing Kingdom's Chairman Prince Alwaleed bin Talal, said the company will officially announce the project at a press conference in three weeks.

The skyscraper will be at the centre of the mixed-use project, which will stretch over 3.5 million square metres of land, the newspaper added.

It also said Kingdom Holding plans another development in the capital city of Riyadh with an estimated investment value of 25 billion riyals. It will include a park, a hotel and other entertainment elements, as well as 10,000 residential units.

Kingdom Holding, the investment firm of the Saudi billionaire prince, posted a 52.6 per cent rise in third-quarter earnings on Monday, driven by higher investment returns.

Kingdom, 95-per cent owned by the nephew of Saudi ruler King Abdullah, has stakes in some of the world's top companies the most valuable of which is Citigroup.

The world's tallest building at present is Dubai's 828-metre Burj Khalifa, developed by Emaar Properties.

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Now lets wait and see how it goes
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Old October 21st, 2010, 09:53 PM   #1346
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Oh VERY nice! I bet the guessing game as to the final height will go on for a fair while hehe. Once the projest is offically anounced will the status at the top of the page change then or not until work on site begins?
Second question (if anyone knows) will construction begin now or is this the stage where they issue contracts (ie there still a long wait till dirt starts moving?)
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Old October 22nd, 2010, 01:11 AM   #1347
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An artist's impression of the mile-high Kingdom Tower in Jeddah. Kingdom Holding said yesterday that the project, announced in early 2008, is still on track.

* Image Credit: Supplied picture


Gulf News have got Nakheel Tower in the frame.

Don't you just love this kind of mindless, lazyass journalistic drivel!

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The tallest tower in the world when completed, already informally dubbed the mile-high tower, will be double the height of Dubai's Burj Khalifa, which is currently the world's tallest man-made structure.
Hopefully this is the one thing they are right about though!
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Old October 22nd, 2010, 02:35 AM   #1348
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Can some one post an English version of this text - Thanks
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Old October 22nd, 2010, 04:17 AM   #1349
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Hi all.

Good news. Perhaps we will also see a design in 3 weeks.




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Old October 22nd, 2010, 01:03 PM   #1350
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Alwaleed Picks Burj Khalifa Architect Adrian Smith to Design Kingdom Tower

Kingdom Holding Co. has awarded the design contract for its mile-high Kingdom Tower in Jeddah to Adrian Smith & Gordon Gill Architecture, Dubai-based Gulf News reported, citing an official it did not identify.

The development of the tower is being managed by Emaar Properties PJSC, the United Arab Emirates’ biggest real-estate company by market value, the newspaper said, citing the official. Emaar is the developer of Dubai’s Burj Khalifa, currently the world’s tallest tower and which the Kingdom Tower will overtake.

Adrian Smith designed Burj Khalifa when he was working for Skidmore Owings & Merrill, Gulf News said.

http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2010-1...dom-tower.html

CTBUH has Smith as the Architect
http://buildingdb.ctbuh.org/?do=building&building_id=2
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Old October 22nd, 2010, 03:09 PM   #1351
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I don't think Gulf News are right about height, I suspect it to be 1001 m (just a little more than a 1 km).
And I hope they will make a better design since old are too simple for me (it looks like a GIANT needle).
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Old October 22nd, 2010, 03:17 PM   #1352
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When is a realistic completion date?
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Old October 22nd, 2010, 03:20 PM   #1353
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companies who submitted a bid all called it a (1100 meter tower) so who knows
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Old October 22nd, 2010, 03:43 PM   #1354
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When is a realistic completion date?
I'd say at-least 6/8 years. If nothing goes wrong.
2016/2018
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Old October 22nd, 2010, 05:55 PM   #1355
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what is the probable design they will go with now?
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Old October 22nd, 2010, 06:58 PM   #1356
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'Mile-High Tower' in Jeddah to go ahead says official source


Plans are still in motion for the world's tallest man-made structure - the Kingdom Tower -an anonymous source told Gulf News yesterday. The UAE newspaper claims its unnamed official source said: "The Kingdom Tower in Jeddah is one of the many huge real estate projects Kingdom Holding plans to develop. Jeddah Al Eqtisadiah, a subsidiary of Kingdom Holding, has signed an agreement with the Emaar Group of the UAE to develop a city and the huge tower in Jeddah."
If the skyscraper was to be seen through to completion it would eclipse the Burj Khalifa as the world's tallest building at an incredible 1.6km high. Adrian Smith + Gordon Gill Architecture was entrusted with the design of the tower in March this year, with Smith drawing on his experience designing the Burj Khalifa in Dubai.

The Kingdom Tower is part of a massive project for Kingdom Holding Company (KHC), which intends to generate an extensive development on an area of over 23million sq m in northern Jeddah. Offering a mix of commercial, residential, retail and educational facilities, the project will also include a new infrastructure network including a bridge across Obhur Creek.

Reports suggested that the project was put on hold due to the global economic crisis, a claim that KHC was quick to refute. An estimated cost on the KHC website is placed in excess of SR55bn, however external reports have seen this figure rise to an estimated SR100bn.

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Old October 22nd, 2010, 07:05 PM   #1357
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I'm pretty sure that the official high won't be stated until the construction is already in a full run. It was similar with Burj Khalifa. But rather it will be 1100m or around 1600m will be made clear when the final design is shown in good renders and stuff. At the moment i think everything over 1000m is just awesome and i am ok with either size and will not be disappointed when its in the end "only" 1100m tall
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Old October 22nd, 2010, 07:13 PM   #1358
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I'm pretty sure that the official high won't be stated until the construction is already in a full run. It was similar with Burj Khalifa. But rather it will be 1100m or around 1600m will be made clear when the final design is shown in good renders and stuff. At the moment i think everything over 1000m is just awesome and i am ok with either size and will not be disappointed when its in the end "only" 1100m tall
Yeah, we'll know much more when we see renders...
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Old October 22nd, 2010, 07:20 PM   #1359
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so when construction is meant to start in 3 weeks we gotta see the final things and a website finally going up before i hope. The last render in golden was kinda nice though and i wouldnt mind if it stays the render. I hope they make the building not look too unique from every side and stuff. i think it's massive size is so major especially in that region. I mean it's like the first building over 250m and it will define everything in that city. And i hope the construction timeline for the project is not too slow. it would be nice to see this tower completed in 2018 or earlier. If it was finished in 2016 we would have a new record holder every 6 years since Petronas in 1998
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Old October 22nd, 2010, 07:21 PM   #1360
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Newspapers in saudi still say : +1km

btw i meant this render.
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