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World's tallest tower gets go ahead in Saudi

The Saudi Arabian government has this week given the go-ahead for construction for the Kingdom Tower in Jeddah which will rise to a height of over 1km making it the world’s tallest.

Costing 4.6bn Saudi Arabian Riyal (£776M) the Kingdom Tower will be the centrepiece of the Kingdom City - a new £12.6bn urban development north of Jeddah overlooking the Red Sea.

The skyscraper was the pet project of Saudi Prince Alwaleed Bin Talal Bin Abdulaziz Alsaud, chairman of investment company Kingdom Holding Company (KHC). KHC is one of the partners of the wider Jeddah Economic Company – developer for Kingdom City. Other partners include developer Abraar, contractor Saudi Bin Laden Group (SBG) and business figures Samaual Bakhsh and Abdulrahman Hassan Sharbatly.

Contractor the Suadi Bin Laden Group has been chosen to construct the tower, beating off four competitors.

The interdisciplinary team designing the tower is being led by Chicago-based consultants Adrian Smith + Gordon Gill Architecture. The team also includes building services Environmental Systems Design and structural engineer Thornton Tomasetti.

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  • M Seshagiri Rao

    The Dubai people had kept the proposed final height a secret till the end. Here too, is the final height a secret? After all, it seems merely a matter of oneupmanship. It is surely not the local land prices which are dictating the great heights.
    Dr M Seshagiri Rao, Bangalore India

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