DUBAI 28 May 2017: His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, reviewed the progress in construction of The Tower at Dubai Creek Harbour, the iconic observation tower that defines a new skyline for the nation.
His Highness was accompanied on the tour by Mohamed Alabbar, Chairman of Emaar Properties; Abdullah Al Habbai, Chairman of Dubai Holding, and other senior officials.
Sheikh Mohammed was briefed on the milestones already achieved including the completion of foundation work and the commencement of work on the anchorages for the stay cables that are an integral part of design and structural support of The Tower.
In October 2016, Sheikh Mohammed marked the ground-breaking of the tower, with the foundation work accomplished in a record time. More than 145 barrette piles have been laid to depths of over 72 metres to secure the super-tall structure. His Highness witnessed the trimming of the barrette piles and the preparation of the reinforcement couplers, ready to receive the first sub structure slab.
The barrette piles used for the foundation have been tested to a world record test load of 360 MN (36,000 tonnes), and the work was undertaken by foundation specialist, Soletanche Bachy. A cathodic protection system, similar to that used on the foundations of Burj Khalifa, is being completed to protect it from any corrosion risk.
Mohamed Alabbar said: “ The Tower at Dubai Creek Harbour is our tribute to the nation, a new architectural marvel that will enhance our civic pride, and contribute to the economy by promoting the tourism sector. The spectacular tower will also frame a new skyline that adds to the cityscape set by Burj Khalifa.”
Al Habbai said with this iconic development, Dubai is once again demonstrating its ability to develop first-of-its-kind projects that surprise the world.
With work on the 19m Pile Cap commencing shortly, The Tower at Dubai Creek Harbour will witness a global team of professionals at work to create another global icon.
Designed by Spanish/Swiss architect and engineer Santiago Calatrava Valls, The Tower will feature several observation decks that offer 360 degree views of the city and beyond. Among the highlights are The Pinnacle Room and VIP Observation Garden Decks that recreate the splendour of the ‘Hanging Gardens of Babylon,’ one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World.
The Tower adds incredible economic value to Dubai Creek Harbour where Emaar has unveiled exceptional residential projects including Creek Gate, Harbour Gate, The Cove, Dubai Creek Residences, Creekside 18, Harbour Views, and Creek Horizon, among others.
By Rajive Singh