A Skyscraper Taller Than Burj Khalifa Rises in Jeddah

A Skyscraper Taller Than Burj Khalifa Rises in Jeddah PHOTOGRAPH: Adrian Smith + Gordon Gill Architecture |

Jeddah Tower in Saudi Arabia is set to strip Burj Khalifa of being the world’s tallest skyscraper when it opens its doors to tourists in 2020. The future world’s tallest skyscraper is designed to stand at 3,280 feet which will be at least 568 feet taller than the world’s tallest “has-been.”

On January 17, 2018, senior officials of the consortium involved in the project have given their green light to recommence construction despite several delays from November 2017.  As noted by Reuters, Saudi’s current low oil prices have affected its economy. The situation has taken a toll on the tower’s development. Furthermore, senior figures of Kingdom Holding and Saudi Binladin Group have been detained after Saudi’s crackdown on corruption that started in November. The two companies are part of the group at the helm of the Jeddah Tower.

Kingdom Holding, nevertheless, has confirmed to CNN that Jeddah Tower is opening in 2020 as scheduled. The company’s officials also detailed in a statement that the skyscraper will have state of the art infrastructure with all the elements of an environmentally friendly smart city.

What to expect from the upcoming world’s tallest skyscraper?

  • A gross floor area of 2.6 million square feet
  • More than 252 stories
  • World’s highest observation deck at 2,178 feet off the ground and a 5,382 square feet outdoor platform
  • Double-decker lifts that can travel at 12.5 miles per hour, taking visitors to the observation deck from the 157th and 158th floors in practically 66.5 seconds
  • Four Season Hotel
  • 97 affiliated serviced apartments
  • Seven duplexes
  • 325 apartments

Interesting facts about Jeddah Tower

  • Jeddah Tower is designed by Adrian Smith + Gordon Gill Architecture, led by Adrian Smith, the same person who designed the Burj Khalifa when he was still working with Skidmore, Owings & Merrill.
  • It is rising near the Red Sea
  • The design of the tower is taken after the image of a bundle of leaves shooting up from the ground. Designers interpreted this as the tower being a catalyst for the development in the deserted region where it was being built.

    “The sleek, streamlined form of the tower can be interpreted as a reference to the folded fronds of young desert plant growth. The way the fronds sprout upward from the ground as a single form, then start separating from each other at the top, is an analogy of new growth fused with technology” – Adrian Smith + Gordon Gill Architecture