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Abu Dhabi, UAEWednesday 26 September 2018

Ranked: UAE's tallest buildings, after Burj Khalifa of course

After a replica of Dubai Creek Tower was revealed in Dubai Mall last week, we take a look at the UAE's tallest buildings

Emaar, the developer of the world's tallest building in Dubai says it plans to build an even taller tower in the Mideast commercial hub, called the Tower at Dubai Creek Harbour. Renderings courtesy Emaar
Emaar, the developer of the world's tallest building in Dubai says it plans to build an even taller tower in the Mideast commercial hub, called the Tower at Dubai Creek Harbour. Renderings courtesy Emaar

Dubai is home to more than 900 completed high-rise buildings, with almost 90 of them standing taller than 180 metres - and the number is growing.

It will come as no surprise to most that the Burj Khalifa is the tallest of them, being the tallest building in the world and all.

But the world number one's days as the one tower to rule them all are numbered. Jeddah Tower in Saudi Arabia is charging ever upward and is planned to top out at 1 kilometre high.

Read more: Dubai Creek Tower: Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid unveils replica at Dubai Mall

Expected to be completed by 2019, the tower will knock Burj Khalifa off the top spot, with about 170 metres to spare.

Not one to be completely outdone, the UAE's Dubai Creek Tower is expected to be 928 metres tall and is scheduled for completion around 2021, pushing Burj Khalifa down to third tallest and nestling in just under Jeddah Tower.

But for now, let's bask in the glory of our sky-high spires and imposing skyline.

Here are the five tallest towers in the UAE:

1. Burj Khalifa, 828 metres

The monstrous Burj Khalifa was completed in January 2009 and overtook the current second tallest building in the world - the Shanghai Tower in China - by almost 200 metres. The spear of Downtown Dubai is comprised of 163 floors and was built in five years. It will have reigned as the tallest tower in the world for 10 years by the time the Jeddah Tower is expected to be finished.

The Burj Khalifa, like the Expo 2020 opening in Dubai in around 900 days, shows how far the UAE has come. Satish Kumar / The National
The Burj Khalifa, like the Expo 2020 opening in Dubai in around 900 days, shows how far the UAE has come. Satish Kumar / The National

2. Marina 101, 426m

At almost half the height of Burj Khalifa, Marina 101 stands at 426m and is the second-tallest tower in Dubai, falling just short of the top 20 tallest buildings worldwide.

The tower was completed in 2016 and is made up of 101 floors (the clue is in the name).

It is the tallest residential building in the world, edging 432 Park Avenue in New York out by a single metre.

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3. Princess Tower, 414m

Around the corner from Marina 101 and nestled in the high-rise neighbourhood of Dubai Marina, sits the third tallest tower in Dubai: Princess Tower.

Offering stellar views of the city's coast, and eventually a front row seat to the Dubai Eye, Princess Tower is 414m tall and held the title of tallest residential building in the world from 2012 to 2015, before being overtaken by 432 Park Avenue in New York and eventually Marina 101.

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23 Marina is on the far left and Princess Tower is further to the right (domed roof).

4. 23 Marina, 393m

Dubai’s fourth tallest tower, standing at almost 393m, is 23 Marina. Completed in 2012, the building was popular even before it was built with 79 per cent of the space sold before construction began. The 92-storey tower was built in six years and sits between Dubai Marina and Dubai Media City. It is the third tallest residential building in the world.

Burj Mohammed bin Rashid in Abu Dhabi. Mona Al Marzooqi / The National
Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. April 9, 2015/// Burj Mohammed Bin Rashid. Stock images of building in Abu Dhabi, while taking the Big Bus tour. Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. Mona Al Marzooqi/ The National Section: National *** Local Caption *** 150409-MM-StockBuildings-010.JPG

5. Burj Mohammed bin Rashid 382m

The capital's first entry into the list: Burj Mohammed bin Rashid. Raking the sky at 381m, it stands 60 metres taller than Abu Dhabi's next entry: The Landmark - which is the 18th tallest building in the country.

Rounding out the Top 10

6. Elite Residence, 380m

7. The Address The BLVD 368m

8. Almas Tower 363m

9. JW Marriott Marquis Dubai 2 355m

10. JW Marriott Marquis Dubai 1 355m

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Fourth from the left, the Elite Residences tower has a squared off roof with a spire and is coloured beige and blue with a panel of white-framed windows in the centre of the building.

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