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17 April 2024

Torch tower fire lights up 'World's tallest block' - Dubai Marina

By Parag Deulgaonkar

Dubai is home to the world’s top four tallest residential towers and these are located a few hundred meters away from The Torch in Dubai Marina district, where a blaze broke out in the early hours of Saturday.

According to Council for Tall Buildings and Urban Habit, Princess Tower (414 metres) is the tallest residential tower in the world, followed by 23 Marina (395-metres), Elite Residence (381 metres) and The Torch (348 metres).

Another tower, The Pentominium, planned to reach a height of 516 metres, is currently on hold and if completed would take the top rank.

Dubai Marina, “tallest block in the world”, as christened by EC Harris, a global built asset consultancy, houses 14 out of the 20 tallest buildings in the emirate.

The district also houses 310-metre-high Cayan Tower, the world's tallest tower featuring a 90-degree twist and Marina 101 (432 metres), which is set for completion this year with topping out happening by March 2015.

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


Princess Tower


(Pic Credit: Imre Solt)

Handover: January 2012

Height: 414 metres

23 Marina


Handover: August 2011

Height: 395 metres

Elite Residence

Handover: January 2012

Height: 381 metres

The Torch

Handover: May 2011

Height: 348 metres

The Pentominium

Handover: End of 2013

Height : 516 metres

Cayan Tower

Handover: 2013

Height: 310 metres

Marina 101

Handover: 2015

Height : 432 metres