UAE companies in race to build second tallest tower in Dubai

Meydan Group had announced plans for a 100-plus storey Entisar Tower on Sheikh Zayed Road. (Supplied)

Dubai is home to the iconic 828-metre high Burj Khalifa, the world’s tallest tower, but companies here are now vying to claim second place on the list of tallest towers in the emirate.

RP Global, the latest to enter the property development arena, has announced plans to build RP One, which it claims will be the second tallest tower in Dubai.

“The mixed-use tower will be unveiled in the second half of this year. This Dh4-billion development is situated right behind the Business Bay Metro Station on Sheikh Zayed Road and will further define the Dubai city skyline,” company Chairman Dr Ravi Pillai told Emirates 24|7.

“We have studied the market carefully and deliberately and decided to build the tower as a mixed-use project based on this study,” he said.

Meydan Group had announced plans for a 100-plus storey Entisar Tower on Sheikh Zayed Road, located close to Radisson Royal Hotel in 2013, claiming the right to be the second tallest tower in the emirate.

In an advert published in a local English daily, the company said, “The tower is now rising”, with the company website stating it will have two-storey sky villas, an indoor 0.20 kilometre running track, two regulation size indoor tennis courts, etc.

Dubai Multi Commodities Centre (DMCC) is another company in the race to build the second tallest tower.

It announced it plans for Burj 2020 in 2013, stating, it will be the world’s tallest commercial tower.

The height of the tower has not been disclosed to date, but it is not going to be as tall as Burj Khalifa.

The company had said earlier that it expects to break ground this year.

In a report, UK-based EC Harris said that within the next decade — the trend of building 'megatall' towers — those which reach more than 600 metres high – is likely to increase, particularly in the Middle East.

The Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat data also reveals there are only 11 towers in the world, which are constructed with over 100 floors.

Currently, Dubai has 917 high-rises and 465 skyscrapers, states Emporis, which collates data on building worldwide.

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