Dubai’s Burj Khalifa Faces Height Loss as Saudi Arabia’s Jeddah Tower Nears Completion

The reign of the Burj Khalifa as the world’s tallest building is nearing its end. Saudi Arabia’s Jeddah Tower, also known as Kingdom Tower, is on track to steal the crown upon completion, reaching a height exceeding 1 kilometer (over 3,280 feet).

Construction of the Jeddah Tower resumed in 2023 after a five-year hiatus. Once finished, it will dwarf the Burj Khalifa’s impressive 828 meters. The project is envisioned as a multi-use complex boasting luxury residences, office spaces, serviced apartments, and even the world’s highest observatory.

The Jeddah Tower’s design incorporates a unique “three-petal footprint” for aerodynamic efficiency and boasts high-speed elevators traveling at 10 meters per second. This ambitious project is estimated to cost $1.23 billion and will be the centerpiece of a massive $20 billion development known as the Jeddah Economic City.

While no official completion date has been announced, the Jeddah Tower’s progress signifies a shift in the competition for the title of world’s tallest building. The Burj Khalifa, which has held the record since 2010, will soon have to cede its crown to this architectural marvel from Saudi Arabia.


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