Saudis are up to it again; they just can’t stop surprising us all, can they? So what is this all about now? Alright, buckle up; World’s tallest building title will be challenged by this building that is all set for construction starting this week in Saudi Arabia.
After the construction is complete, the Kingdom Tower will stand tall with a height of 1 km and for comparison’s sake; it is four times taller than The Shard and about 500 feet taller than the current title holder; Burj Khalifa in Dubai.
The Kingdom Tower will be built in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia and the estimated time of completion for the project is 5 years with a budget of £780m. The material estimates for the project; 0.5 million cubic meters of concrete and about 80,000 tons of steel. Once finished the tower will occupy an area of above 500,000 square meters and will consist of about 200 floors. As per plan, the tower is supposed to have 59 elevators, where five of the elevators will be double deckers. The elevators that will take the visitors to observatory shall travel at a speed of 10 meters per second. The Kingdom Tower is part and the centre piece of Kingdom City Development situated at the north of Jeddah, overlooking the Red Sea, with a total budget of £13bn.
According to CEO of Jeddah Economic Company, Waleed Abdul Jaleel Batterjee, ; ‘The vision of constructing the tallest tower in the world in Jeddah belongs to HRH Prince Al Waleed bin Talal. His vision is also that the project itself will set the world’s sights on our beloved Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and particularly on Jeddah. Furthermore, the project will help create hundreds of jobs for our Saudi countrymen. Check out the video below for more details: