Dubai Ruler visits Emaar’s The Tower ahead of pile capping

HH Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE, and Ruler of Dubai, has visited Emaar's The Tower at Dubai Creek ahead of the pouring of the first substructure

HH Sheikh Mohammed poses with Emaar and Dubai Holding officials in front of the megaproject's construction site.
HH Sheikh Mohammed poses with Emaar and Dubai Holding officials in front of the megaproject's construction site.

HH Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE, and Ruler of Dubai, has visited the location of The Tower at Dubai Creek to review the progress of foundation work.

Since the project's ground-breaking ceremony in October 2016, more than 145 barrette piles have been laid to depths of over 72m. These piles are now being trimmed in preparation for the laying of the 19m-thick pile cap.

During the planning, the piles used for the foundation were tested to a record test load of 360 MN (36,000 tonnes) by foundation specialist, Soletanche Bachy to ensure their suitability for the project. A cathodic protection system, similar to that used on the Burj Khalifa, will guard against corrosion.

HH Sheikh Mohammed was briefed on the milestones already achieved including the completion of foundation work and the commencement of work on the anchorages for the stay cables that are an integral part of design and structural support of The Tower.

His Highness was accompanied on the tour by Mohamed Alabbar, chairman of Emaar Properties, and Abdullah Al Habbai, chairman of Dubai Holding, and other senior officials.

Mohamed Alabbar said: “We are thankful to the guidance and support of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, who inspires us to continuously push our boundaries.

“The Tower at Dubai Creek Harbour is our tribute to the nation: an architectural marvel that will enhance our civic pride, and contribute to the economy by promoting the tourism sector. The spectacular tower will also frame a new skyline that adds to the cityscape set by Burj Khalifa.”

Abdullah Al Habbai commented: “The Tower at Dubai Creek Harbour stands for the positivity and hope that Dubai celebrates. With this iconic development, Dubai is once again demonstrating its ability to develop first-of-its-kind projects that surprise the world.”

Designed by Spanish-Swiss architect and engineer Santiago Calatrava Valls, The Tower will have multiple several observation decks delivering 360 degree views of the city.

The project is currently on schedule for a 2020 completion with the final height of the structure yet to be revealed

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