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SOM Unveils New 550m Skyscraper

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Joining the likes of the Burj Khalifa, the Shanghai Tower and Abraj Al-Bait Clock Tower, the Burj Jumeira will be one of the world's new super skyscrapers.

American architecture firm SOM has announced plans for a new 550-metre-tall skyscraper to be constructed in the Al Sufouh area of Dubai’s popular Jumeirah neighbourhood.

The tower, Burj Jumeira, is set to become the latest pinnacle structure of Dubai’s skyline.

The Burj Khalifa, which soars 828-metres high and has retained its title as the tallest building in the world since 2010, was also designed by SOM.

Related: China's Tallest Skyscraper Announced

Developers of the tower, state-owned investment firm Dubai Holdings, say the tower's base is designed in the shape of the sheikh's thumbprint.
Developers of the tower, state-owned investment firm Dubai Holdings, say the tower's base is designed in the shape of the sheikh's thumbprint.


SOM design partner Mustafa Abadan said Burj Jumeira will tower over Jumeirah as the centrepiece of the neighbourhood.

The tower will be taller than One World Trade Centre and holds unique design elements forming a bifurcated shape which is the result of a collaborative design approach led by SOM’s New York office.

The most distinct feature of the tower is its oval base, a re-configurable water pool in the shape of Sheikh Mohammed's fingerprint, the ruler of Dubai.

While the tower’s overall design, and circular orientation of structures on ground-level “emulates the regional dunes and oases of the United Arab Emirates”.

The Burj Jumeira project also includes redevelopment of the surrounding Jumeirah neighbourhood into a pedestrianised, mixed-use community that will include residential, commercial and hospitality functions.

Given a myriad of construction projects are underway across Dubai in preparation for the 2020 World Expo, state-owned investment firm Dubai Holdings has lined up the super sky scraper as one of the first post-expo projects.

While construction commenced in January this year, the complete neighbourhood re-configuration and skyscraper project is expected to complete its first phase by 2023.

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