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Record-breaking skyscraper opens in Saudi Arabia's Dammam city

Built by Shapoorji Pallonji Mideast, the newly opened 37-floor AKH Tower has set a new record in the kingdom

The 37-storey AKH Tower is the tallest building in Dammam, Saudi Arabia.
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The 37-storey AKH Tower is the tallest building in Dammam, Saudi Arabia.

The tallest skyscraper in Dammam, Saudi Arabia, is open for business after completion of the 37-storey AKH Tower.

Built by contractor Shapoorji Pallonji Mideast, AKH Tower will be the new headquarters for Al Abdul Karim Holding (AKH), a wholesale distributor working alongside the likes of Schneider Electric, Honeywell, and Panasonic.

UAE-based Dewan Architects + Engineers led the design and supervision of the project, which covers 64,000m². The commercial building has a slanted façade with angular lines running across the high-rise tower, which the architecture firm’s executive director said gives it a distinctive appearance. 

“The tower’s façade and slanting volumes make for arresting lines and configurations within the interior, creating distinctive and dynamic office spaces on every floor, which allows the building to cater to numerous companies with varying spatial needs,” Ammar Al Assam said in a statement.

AKH Tower has been fitted with an energy-saving building management system, CCTV, access control, and high-quality telecommunication equipment in all the meeting rooms.

An emergency electricity generator and a built-in power supply have both been installed as well, alongside parking space in the basement and across seven podium levels. While AKH occupies a large portion of the building, there is still space for other companies to set up shop.

AKH's may be the tallest tower in Damman, the administrative capital of Saudi's Eastern Province, but it is hardly the only skyscraper dotting the kingdom’s skyline.

Jeddah Tower, which is still under construction, will be the tallest tower in the world upon completion, stretching 1km high. Upon achieving that height, it is expected to overtake Burj Khalifa as the world's tallest tower. 

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