Architectural Wonder Emaar redefines the Dubai skyline with new tower

Prior to the launch of the new tower, I was one of the lucky journalists taken on the helicopter tour over Dubai and in particular briefed about the Dubai Creek Harbour project. The most attractive feature other than the waterfront living was the impressive view of the Dubai skyline from the cafe we dined in while being briefed on the lifescape of the development.


His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, UAE Vice President and Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai, chose the design of the Tower by renowned Spanish/Swiss neo-futuristic architect, structural engineer, sculptor and painter

Santiago Calatrava Valls, from a competitive international design pitch for this new landmark.


Looking at the masterplan, the Tower serves as the vibrant core of Dubai Creek Harbour, a 6 sq km world-class masterplannned development that is two times the size of Downtown Dubai and located 10 minutes from the Dubai International Airport. The waterfront development is centred off the Dubai Creek, the cradle of Dubai’s history and culture, and in close proximity to the Ras Al Khor National Wildlife Sanctuary, protected under the UNESCO Ramsar Convention and home to over 67 species of water birds.


According to Mohamed Alabbar, Chairman of Emaar Properties, the Tower in Dubai Creek Harbour is a tribute to the positivity, energy and optimism that Dubai and the UAE celebrate, led by a leadership committed to all-round progress.


The Tower is seen as a shining beacon of hope for the world, celebrating diversity and human achievements and the new iconic landmark further highlights the country’s ambition and futuristic vision and enhances UAE’s pride. It will be the destination for the world to visit, enjoy and celebrate life, as Dubai prepares to host the Expo 2020. The unveiling was done in the presence of Fadel Al Ali, Chief Executive Officer of Dubai Holding and Designer Santiago Calatrava Valls who mentioned that the design has clear reference to the classic art from the past and the culture of the place while serving as a great technological achievement.


At the press conference, the Designer showed me the initial sketches of the Tower and how it evolved. He continued, “From the beginning, my team and I have tried to put the best of ourselves into this project, since it is very special and is a great honour to participate. The collaboration with such a prestigious firm as Emaar Properties makes it even more exciting and demanding. The design has clear reference to the classic art from the past and the culture of the place while serving as a great technological achievement.”


“In my whole career, I have perceived technology as a vehicle to beauty and to art. This project envisages an artistic achievement in itself, inspired by the idea of welcoming people, not only from Dubai and the UAE, but from the entire world. It is a symbol of an abiding belief in progress.” Santiago Calatrava’s accomplished works include the World Trade Centre Transportation Hub in New York, Calgary Peace Bridge, the Olympic Sports Complex in Athens and the Turning Torso Tower in Malmö, which was recently awarded with the Ten Year Award from the Council on Tall Buildings & Urban Habitat (CTBUH), among others.


His design philosophy is to fuse architectural expression, structural innovation, functional efficiency and environmental benefits into one single imaginatively bold gesture that responds to, and transcends, the challenges of each unique site. Each project therefore creates a sense of place that enhances the setting – functionally, environmentally and communally.


The Tower at Dubai Creek Harbour draws design inspiration from the lily and evokes the image of a minaret, which is a common feature and distinctive aspect of Islamic culture. The elongated oval-shaped bud and geometric texture set the template for the observation decks.


The slender stem serves as the analogy for the structure, which is engineered to its most efficient diameter. It is linked to the ground with sturdy cables, in turn, inspired by the delicate ribbing of the lily leaves. The cable array gives the structure its strength, anchoring the ‘bud’ securely to the ground with technical precision using modern engineering materials.


Offering unprecedented experiences for 360 degree views of the city and beyond, the crowning glory of The Tower will be The Pinnacle Room opening to grand views of the sky. The VIP Observation Garden Decks recreate the splendour of the ‘Hanging Gardens of Babylon,’ one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World. An engineering marvel awaits visitors, the piecede- resistance being the fully glazed rotating balconies that extend outward, rotating outside the skin of the tower. The tower will also have a world-class boutique hotel for visitors.


The Tower takes into consideration environmental and sustainability features that will serve as industry benchmarks. It starts with the thoughtful design with an environment-friendly tram service to be integrated for effortless access. On-foot visitors have a multitude of access points on to the plaza.


A number of green corridors are envisaged for pedestrian access and effortless connectivity with Dubai Creek Harbour, which has high-end residences, premium views of the Dubai Creek, a stylish marina with a yacht club, the adjacent Ras Al Khor natural bird sanctuary and the imp ressive skyline of Downtown Dubai. A bustling 4.5km Creek Boardwalk envelopes the Island District, assuring residents unbeatable lifestyle choices. Among the nearby amenities are event spaces, galleries, fascinating water features and a trendy Vida hotel that all add to the quality of life.


Edited by Shereen Shabnam


About Shereen Shabnam

Shereen Shabnam is a prolific writer and a PR Specialist from Fiji Islands specializing in luxury lifestyle features with a focus on cars, art, travel, technology and bespoke luxury brands. After publishing her thesis on ‘Genre transformation of Books to Movies’ Shereen later authored three ‘Menus of the Masters' coffee table cookbooks. She is a founding member of the Middle East PR Association and writes on bespoke offerings by high end luxury brands. Shereen has a BA in PR and Journalism, a second BA in Human Sciences (Civilisations) and holds a Masters in World Literature. She also writes for Capital Business, Millionaire Group, Madame and 800Lifestyle while exploring her passion for super cars, yachts and travel.




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