When the World Expo commences in Dubai in October 2020, all eyes will be on Dubai Creek Tower, Santiago Calatrava’s latest architectural and engineering feat.
The tower, which will soar 3,044 to 4,593 feet, will be the world’s tallest. (By design, the exact height won’t be revealed until it opens in 2020, so competitors with projects under construction can’t immediately try to inch past it. But the tower will be taller than the current title-holder, Dubai’s Burj Khalifa, which topped out in 2009 at 2,722.44 feet.)
Sited on the waterfront of Dubai Creek, the cultural and historic center of the United Arab Emirates city, Calatrava’s observation tower will be the centerpiece of a larger luxury development district called Dubai Creek Harbour, which at 2.3 square miles, will be three times the size of downtown Dubai.
Dubai Creek Harbour is being marketed as a major tourist destination. It’s next to the 1,532-acre Ras Al Khor Wildlife Sanctuary, the home of various migratory birds and 500 flamingos. The district will have seven islands that include office, residential, and retail buildings.