No spire on Dubai's Burj 2020 to get into record books

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Dubai Multi Commodities Centre (DMCC), the developer of Burj 2020, has ruled out using a spire to claim the title of the world’s tallest commercial tower.

"We are not going to have a spire to get into the book of records. It will be a mega high structure, floor wise," DMCC Executive Chairman Ahmed bin Sulayem told Emirates24|7.

Last year, the Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat said that super tall towers, or those over 300 meters, in the United Arab Emirates have the most "vanity height" of the world’s tallest towers.



The council defined "vanity height" as the distance between a skyscraper’s highest occupiable floor and its architectural top.

Although the height of Burj 2020 hasn’t been disclosed, Emirates24|7 revealed last week that the topmost floor will be an observation deck, offering a 360-degree view.

Bin Sulayem said the Burj 2020 will be built using steel, stating, "Any tower that goes above 80 floors cannot be cement and has to be a steel structure."

DMCC will be announcing the architect for the tower this year with construction starting in 2015. The tower is likely to be completed before 2020.

"The tower will be built inside out. Efficiency is the key, as we want the tower to be the most efficient high rise in the world," bin Sulayem added.

Burj 2020 will be built on a plot located on the southern side of the Jumeirah Lakes Towers master community, close to Jumeirah Island and Jumeirah Park.

The tower is the centerpiece of the DMCC Business Park, which comprises over 12,000 square metre retail space, low-rise commercial space and a high-end hotel, sports facilities, large park areas and multi-storey car parking.
 

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