Hotels will be part of an enormous structure reaching 1.6km into the skies above Saudi Arabia, as well as luxury apartments, offices and a shopping centre. The €13.5 billion mixed-use development will actually be twice the height of the Burj Khalifa in Dubai, currently the world’s current tallest skyscraper. It will take 12 minutes to reach the top by lift.
The Saudi Royal family is behind the plans to launch construction of the world’s tallest skyscraper, to be financed by the Royal Family-owned Kingdom Holding Company. International shareholders include Amazon, Apple and McDonald’s. To be built in the port city of Jeddah, it will be called The Kingdom Tower. The American company Adrian Smith + Gordon Gill Architecture, who designed the Burj Khalifa, and Emaar, the developer behind the Burj Khalifa and voted “Middle East’s Leading Tourism Property Development Company” at the World Travel Awards, have been selected to create the tower.
Incidentally, the Armani Hotel Dubai, located in the Burj Khalifa, will host the World Travel Awards 2011 Middle East Ceremony on 2 May.
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[pictured: The Address, also operated by Emaar Hospitality]