Plans to construct what could become the world’s tallest building, at more than a kilometer high,
(1 kilometer = 3,280 feet) have been unveiled.

Note: The total height of the Empire State Building, including the lightning rod, is 1,454 feet. The height of the building from the ground to its tip is usually given as 1,250 feet. The measurement from the ground to the 102nd floor observatory is 1,224 feet and from the ground to the 86th floor observatory is 1,050 feet.

The Dubai developer Nakheel – the company that created Dubai’s man-made islands in the shapes of a palm tree and the world – said the structure would be the centre-piece of an inner-city harbour planned as the emirate’s unofficial capital.

The building will have “more than 200 floors” and be part of “a multi-billion pound development”, the company said.

The tower and harbour project will take more than 10 years to complete. Apart from the landmark structure, there will be another 40 towers, ranging in height from 20 floors to 90 floors. The entire development will be home to more than 55,000 people and a workplace for more than 45,000.


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