WHAT IS THE JEDDAH TOWER?
World’s tallest building takes shape: Incredible time-lapse reveals construction of Saudi Arabia’s $2 billion, 3,280ft Jeddah Tower
Jeddah Tower is set to break the record as the world’s tallest building when it is completed next year
It will stretch more than a 3,280ft (1,000 meters) above the Saudi city of Jeddah upon completion
New video shows its construction from foundations in early 2014 to its current height of 266 metres (870 ft)
The 170-storey building will feature a hotel, apartments and offices, but has been hit with multiple delays since the project began in August 2011
- An incredible new timelapse reveals construction work on Saudi Arabia’s Jeddah Tower, which is set to break the record as the world’s tallest building when it is completed next year.
- The clip shows the skyscraper, which will stretch more than a 3,280ft (1,000 metres) above the Saudi city of Jeddah upon completion, as it is constructed from its foundations in early 2014 to its current height of 870ft (266 metres).
- The 170-storey building is set to surpass Dubai’s Burj Khalifa as the world’s highest building and will feature a hotel, apartments and offices, as well as a large outdoor viewing deck that doubles as an ‘air park’.
The video, posted by YouTube user Checoblett, is a compilation of photographs taken of the tower since construction began in March 2014.
It shows the building as its height rises floor-by-floor, with yellow scaffolding and enormous cranes gradually crawling up the structure’s surging peak.
As of February 2018, engineers have laid down 66 of the Jeddah Tower’s 170 storeys, the video says.
The building, which will remain a concrete and steel skeleton until its windows are added later into the build process, has now climbed to 870 ft (266 metres) of the tower’s eventual height.
Plagued by years of delays and funding issues, it now appears the Jeddah Tower, first proposed in 2008, may finally be on track for completion.
Speaking in January, Mounib Hammoud, CEO of Jeddah Economic Company, told CNN: ‘As of 2020, we’ll start seeing things: You’ll see the tower, you’ll see the shopping mall, you’ll see many other projects.
The tower will feature a hotel, apartments and offices. Pictured is its progress as of February 2018. Sixty-six floors of the tower’s central spire have been built so far, while 60 floors of the ‘wings’ that flank it have been completed