Nakheel Tower

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Nakheel Tower
برج نخيل
Nakheel Tower.jpg
Artist's rendering of Nakheel Tower at night.
Former namesAl Burj
General information
StatusUnder construction
LocationDubai, United Arab Emirates
Coordinates25°03′16″N 55°07′53″E / 25.05444°N 55.13139°E / 25.05444; 55.13139Coordinates: 25°03′16″N 55°07′53″E / 25.05444°N 55.13139°E / 25.05444; 55.13139
Construction started2008
Costover $38 billion
Antenna spireover 1km
Technical details
Floor count200+
Design and construction
ArchitectWoods Bagot
DeveloperNakheel Properties
Structural engineerWSP Cantor Seinuk

Nakheel Tower (Arabic: برج نخيل‎) was a proposed skyscraper in Dubai, United Arab Emirates by developer Nakheel. The project was previously called Al Burj (Arabic: البرج‎ "The Tower").[3]

In January 2009, it was announced that the project was put on hold due to financial problems.[4][5] As a result of the Dubai World 2009 debt standstill, Nakheel Group's financial problems increased considerably and the tower was consequently cancelled in December 2009.[6]

Nakheel was in talks with several potential contractors, including South Korea's Samsung C&T (who also built Burj Khalifa), Japanese Shimizu Corporation and Australian Grocon. WSP was Lead Consultant for the structure, heading a consortium that included LERA of New York and VDM of Australia, and working with architects Woods Bagot.[7]


The tower was proposed in 2003 as the centrepiece of Palm Jumeirah, one of the world's largest man-made islands. It was to be named "The Pinnacle" and rise from the centre of a canal on the trunk of the island. The height was to be 750 m (2,460 ft) and the building was to consist of 120 floors of luxury apartments. It was replaced by the Trump International Hotel and Tower and moved to the Dubai Waterfront. Although ground leveling and land reclamation had begun on the Dubai Waterfront, construction of the tower never started because of the proximity to the Al Maktoum International Airport.[2]

The location was changed to a plot near Jumeirah Lake Towers and Dubai Marina. The tower would have been the focal point of Nakheel's plans for the Ibn Battuta Mall development next to Jumeirah Islands and Jumeirah Lake Towers. It would have been the center of the Nakheel Harbour and Tower complex, which would have included about 20 smaller towers of up to 90 stories, a marina, and part of the Arabian Canal. The development would have been next to the revamped shopping mall.[8]


With Woods Bagot replacing Pei Partnership as the architectural partner,[1] the latest released design had named the development Nakheel Harbour and Tower.[9][10] Though in exterior appearance and function it would be a single tower over 1,000 metres (3,300 ft) tall, this even grander incarnation would have been "made up of four towers with four individual cores forming an approximate 100 meters in diameter."[11] Nakheel also claimed on their engineering page that the towers would be joined by four-level, full diameter sky bridges at approximately every twenty-five floors. The sky bridges would act to tie the buildings together structurally as well as to provide each part of the building with its own village centre in the sky. It is the four codependent foundations that would have provided the necessary structural support for such a great relative height increase over existing supertalls. The design included a distinctive crescent-shaped podium encircling the base of the tower.[12]

The tower would have been serviced by 156 lifts at sufficient speeds and capacities to allow for travel from the ground floor to the observation deck in four minutes.[11]


Projections of Nakheel Tower's final height varied widely. Nakheel was believed to be engaging in a strategy of secrecy similar to that employed by Emaar with Burj Khalifa. According to officials at Nakheel, the tower was originally designed to be at least 700 m (2,300 ft) tall and have more than 160 floors[citation needed], although an early render showed the tower with more than 200 floors[citation needed]. Companies involved in the project reported an initial height expectation of 1,600 m (5,200 ft) which was later reduced to 1,200 m (3,900 ft).[13] In July, 2007, Nakheel CEO Chris O'Donnell was reported to have said that "height isn't everything" and suggested that Al Burj might not be any taller than the Burj Khalifa, which is 828 m (2,717 ft).[14] Yet only a week later, Nakheel reaffirmed that the tower would be taller than 1 kilometer.[1] A report on 20 June 2008 claimed that the tower was planned to be 1,500 metres (4,921 ft) tall.[8]


During the history of the project it was known by three different names: Al Burj, Tall Tower, and Nakheel Tower. Initially named Al Burj, the project was renamed Tall Tower for a few months, until being changed to Nakheel Tower.

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  1. ^ a b c "Nakheel designs 1km-high tower". Retrieved 2007-08-10.
  2. ^ a b "DUBAI: Al Burj". Archived from the original on 2011-05-22. Retrieved 2007-11-15.
  3. ^ Derek Baldwin (6 October 2008). "Nakheel Tower to eclipse Burj Dubai". Gulf News. Retrieved 28 April 2018.
  4. ^ Catherine Deshayes (February 6, 2009). "£53 billion on hold". Archived from the original on 2009-03-09. Retrieved 2009-02-26.
  5. ^ Andy Sambidge (14 Jan 2009). "Work on Nakheel Tower 'stopped for 12 months'".
  6. ^ "Palmeilanden Dubai dreigen te zinken" [Dubai Palm Islands threaten to sink] (in Dutch). De Tijd. 9 December 2009. Retrieved 10 December 2009.
  7. ^ Rob Latham (24 October 2008). "WSP designs structure for the world's tallest tower" (Press release). Archived from the original on 2008-10-28.
  8. ^ a b "MEED - Nakheel increases height of Tall Tower to 1.4 kilometres". Emap. Retrieved 2008-06-25.
  9. ^ "Nakheel Harbour and Tower".
  10. ^ "Nakheel plans to build world's tallest tower".
  11. ^ a b "Nakheel Harbour & Tower Engineering Page".[permanent dead link]
  12. ^ "ISLAMIC INGENUITY INSPIRES DUBAI'S CAPITAL". October 5, 2008. Archived from the original on October 13, 2008.
  13. ^ "Waterfront Tower to be World's Tallest Landmark". Retrieved 2007-03-27.
  14. ^ "Al Burj to shrink?". July 26, 2007. Archived from the original on February 8, 2008. Retrieved 2007-08-02.

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