The World's Tallest Building Will Soon Loom Over Saudi Arabia

Kirstin Fawcett

Dubai is famous for many things—its elaborate palm tree-shaped island archipelago, its indoor ski slope, and the 2722-foot Burj Khalifa skyscraper, which set a Guinness World Record for tallest building after it opened in 2010. However, the Burj Khalifa might soon be eclipsed by a new tower in neighboring Saudi Arabia: the 3280-foot Jeddah Tower (previously known as Mile-High Tower or Kingdom Tower), which CNN reports recently secured funding for its last phase of construction.

Currently, the Jeddah Tower stretches upwards for 26 floors. Someday, it will have 200. According to The Telegraph, it will include offices, apartments, a Four Seasons hotel, and the world’s highest observatory. Since it overlooks the salty—and gusty—Red Sea, it’s also specially designed to withstand stinging breezes with 200-foot deep concrete foundations and a shape that changes every few floors to evenly distribute wind loads. 

The Jeddah Tower is slated for completion in 2020. Learn more about the project in the video above.

All images courtesy of YouTube. 

[h/t CNN, The Telegraph]