The chairman and founder of real estate giant Emaar Properties, Mohammed Alabbar, is developing plans to build a 1 kilometer-plus tower in Asia. In an extensive interview featured in Arabian Business Magazine, the mogul detailed his ambitions to again build the world's next tallest building.
"It's often forgotten that five years before Emaar, he had been Director General of Dubai's Department of Economic Development," the article reports. "He had been a member of the Dubai Executive Council, Vice Chairman of DUBAL and Dubai World Trade Centre, Founder Chairman of the DFM and Chairman of Dubai Cable Company. All before the age of 40."
Saudi Arabia's Prince Alwaleed is engaged in developing the 1 kilometer Kingdom Tower in Jeddah, which is slated to be at least 172 meters (564 feet) taller than Dubai's Burj Khalifa.
Mr. Alabbar, who was also behind the Burj Khalifa, said his own project would be "a little taller than the one in Saudi Arabia."
"The answer is yes, I want to try," he told Arabian Business. "It is quite a task with safety issues and making sure it is done right. It's typical human progress. We have done fabulous stuff here; we know what value is."
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