Rising month after month, the tower is currently on track to be completed some time in 2020. Unfortunately, as with many construction projects of this scale, delays haven’t been uncommon.
While ground tests began all the way back in 2008, piling began in April 2013, running through to the end of the year. In September of 2014, above-ground construction finally started. By May 2017, the tower had reached floor 56 – of 252. Amazingly, even at just a quarter of its final height, the building towers (no pun intended) over everything else in the area.
The world’s highest observatory
Height often has its advantages, and one of the stand-out features with this tower will be the observatory. It’s set to be the highest in the world.
At 610 metres above sea level, the architects have planned a circular observation area with glass floors and views of the Red Sea. It’s also going to be open, meaning you’ll be able to breathe in the cooler air.
As an interesting side note, the air conditioning system will take advantage of the cooler air to save power, instead of relying solely on pumping cold water up from the ground.
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