Emaar Properties has unveiled Dubai's latest architectural icon that is set to change the emirates' skyline. Simply named The Tower, the new landmark is designed by Spanish architect Santiago Calatrava Valls and was handpicked by His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, UAE Vice President and Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai, to be the centrepiece of the newly planned Dubai Creek Harbour.

The Tower

"The Tower in Dubai Creek Harbour is our tribute to the positivity, energy and optimism that Dubai and the UAE celebrate, led by a leadership committed to all-round progress," said Mohamed Alabbar, Chairman of Emaar Properties. "A shining beacon of hope for the world, celebrating diversity and human achievements, this new iconic landmark further highlights the country's ambition and futuristic vision to enhance our nation's pride. It will be the destination for the world to visit, enjoy and celebrate life, as Dubai prepares to host the Expo 2020."

The Tower

Though the height of the tower has not been revealed, reports suggest it will be taller than the Burj Khalifa — currently the world's tallest skyscraper. The design itself was inspired by lilies as well as Islamic culture. The Tower will also feature a boutique hotel, a VIP Observation Garden, rotating exterior balconies as well as The Pinnacle Room at its peak, offering unprecedented 360-degree views of Dubai.

"The design has clear reference to the classic art from the past and the culture of the place, while serving as a great technological achievement," said Santiago Calatrava Valls. "In my whole career, I have perceived technology as a vehicle to beauty and to art. This project envisages an artistic achievement in itself, inspired by the idea of welcoming people, not only from Dubai and the UAE, but from the entire world. It is a symbol of an abiding belief in progress."

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