The Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat (CTBUH) has announced that the Rose Rotana Tower in Dubai was the tallest building completed in 2007. The list is compiled by the CTBUH annually and only buildings completed during the last year and being 'at least partially occupied' or 'open for business' are eligible.
Standing at 333m high, with 72 stories and 480 suites, the hotel also claims to be the world's tallest single use hotel building.
Of the top 10 tallest buildings completed, four are located in the UAE and Bahrain, meaning the Middle East has displaced China as having the most buildings represented in the CTBUH 'annual tallest constructed' list. Joining the Rose Rotana in the GCC are Dual Tower 1 and 2 in Manama, Bahrain and the Emirates Marina Serviced Apartments and Spa in Dubai.
CTBUH's list of projected buildings set to be the world's tallest by 2020 shows that eight out of the top 20 will be located in the Middle East, sharply contrasting with prevalent assumptions made a decade ago that the US would continue to have the majority of global superstructures.
"As cities and their skylines continue to evolve, tall buildings can make positive contributions to city life," said Antony Wood, CTBUH executive director. "They can affect the image and identity of a city as a whole and serve as beacons of regeneration and stimulate further investment. Therefore, tall building design and construction has a role in addressing the need for both a dense, sustainable city and all-inclusive urban living."