Top 10 Tall Structures and Buildings in the Middle East
Home to the tallest building in the world, the Middle East boasts an impressive array of tall builds. Here are 10 of the best.
10 – Emirates Tower One
Standing at 355 metres, this building contains the Emirates Office Tower and Jumeirah Emirates Hotel. The Emirates Towers complex is located on the Sheikh Zayed Road in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, and is a symbol of the city.
9 - JW Marriott Marquis Dubai Hotel
The world’s tallest hotel, standing at 355 metres, is a twin-tower skyscraper complex in Dubai. The first tower alone comprises 14 food and drink outlets, rooftop bars, a business centre, conference halls and meeting rooms, an extensive banquet hall, a 3,700 square-metre spa and health club, as well as retail outlets, a swimming pool, and a gymnasium.
8 - Almas Tower
Also in Dubai, this 360 metre, 65-storey building is one of the most impressive office blocks in the world. Almas Tower is located on its own artificial island in the centre of the Jumeirah Lakes Towers Free Zone scheme, the tallest of all the buildings on the development.
7 - Liberation Tower
The second tallest structure in Kuwait, for which the construction began before the Iraqi invasion of 1990 and was supposed to be called The Kuwait Telecommunications Tower. On completion in 1993 it was renamed Liberation Tower, symbolising Kuwait’s liberation from Iraq.
6 - Elite Residence
Located in the Dubai Marina district, this giant stands at 380.5 metres and has around 90 floors, housing 695 apartments, swimming pools, spas and a business centre. It is one of the tallest residential buildings in the world and was completed in 2012.
5 – 23 Marina
23 Marina is a 90-story, 392.8 metre residential skyscraper in Dubai and was the world's tallest all-residential building until the completion of the nearby Princess Tower. Such was its popularity, 80 percent of the building had been sold before construction even began.
4 - Al Hamra Tower
The Al Hamra Tower is a completed skyscraper in Kuwait City. Designed by architectural firms Skidmore, Owings and Merrill and Callison, the skyscraper is the tallest building in Kuwait at 412.6 metres. Turner Construction was in charge of the building work, resulting in the tallest sculpted tower in the world.
3 - Milad Tower
Also known as Tehran Tower, this building stands at 435 metres with the head comprising 12 floors. Milad Tower is a part of The Tehran International Trade and Convention Centre. The project includes the Milad telecommunication tower offering restaurants at the top with panoramic views of Tehran, a five-star hotel, a convention centre, a world trade centre, and an IT park.
2 - Abraj Al Bait
Also known as the Mecca Royal Hotel Clock Tower, the 601 metre building is owned by the Saudi government. It is the tallest clock tower in the world and is metres away from the world’s largest Mosque. It houses a five storey shopping mall.
1 - Burj Khalifa
The tallest building in the world, standing at an enormous 829.8 metres. Construction began in 2004 with the structure opened on January 4 2010, part of the new development called Downtown Dubai.
Burj Khalifa was designed to be the centrepiece of a large-scale, mixed-use development that would include 30,000 homes, nine hotels (including The Address Downtown Dubai), three hectares of parkland, at least 19 residential towers, the Dubai Mall, and the 12-hectare man-made Burj Khalifa Lake.
The decision to build Burj Khalifa is reportedly based on the government's decision to diversify from an oil based economy to one that is service and tourism based.