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The CTBUH Global News Archive is the primary place to get all the latest news on tall buildings, urban development and sustainable construction from around the world. The CTBUH also disseminates this information via our Monthly e-Newsletter, CTBUH Journal, and through books and reports. To view news for a certain category or time period, please use the links on the left side menu.

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Jeddah Tower Reaches 63rd Floor as Infrastructure Works Progress


08 Feb 2018, Jeddah, Saudi Arabia

Construction on Saudi Arabia’s $1.5 billion Jeddah Tower has reached the 63rd floor, with shell and cladding work to be completed next year. Scheduled for a 2020 completion date, Jeddah Tower will be more than 1,000 meters tall. Read more.

New Promo Video Offers Glimpse of Neom, Saudi Arabia's $500 Billion Utopian Megacity


06 Nov 2017, Neom, Saudi Arabia

The promotional video for Neom, Saudi Arabia’s latest desert city project, promises not just a megacity, but a utopian metropolis serving humankind. The scheme will cost $500 billion and span 10,000 square miles (25,900 square kilometers). Read more.

Flames Engulf Dubai's Torch Tower Once Again


04 Aug 2017, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

For the second time in two years, a large blaze has ripped through the 79-story Torch Tower in Dubai, one of the tallest residential buildings in the world. All residents inside were safely evacuated. Read more.

Council Visit Reveals Insights on “World’s Next Tallest” Construction Progress in Jeddah


30 May 2017, Jeddah, Saudi Arabia

CTBUH Executive Director Dr. Antony Wood was recently invited to visit the construction site of Jeddah Tower, poised to become the world’s tallest tower and the first 1,000-plus-meter structure ever built. Read more.

Developers Highlight Job Opportunities at Jeddah City Development


19 May 2017, Jeddah, Saudi Arabia

The developer of the under-construction Jeddah Tower has reiterated the importance of the upcoming Jeddah Economic City and accompanying tower projects to Saudi Vision 2030, highlighting job opportunities and ongoing development activities. Read more.

New Luxury Hotel Proposed for Mecca


31 Jan 2017, Mecca, Saudi Arabia

A competition winning scheme for a hotel and serviced apartments in the heart of Mecca has been revealed. The scheme addresses the shortage of accommodation in Mecca in response to the rapid growth in visitor numbers. Read more.

Dueling Construction Timelines Create Competition for World’s Tallest Structure


20 Dec 2016, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

The race to the top has just gotten tighter, with two rising structures in the Middle East battling for the world's tallest title. In a recent interview, CTBUH Communications Manager Jason Gabel commented on this competition for the future tallest. Read more.

Construction Progressing on Jeddah’s Upcoming Sail Tower


23 Sep 2016, Jeddah, Saudi Arabia

Currently under construction, the 64-story Sail Tower in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia will include a Shangri-La Hotel, serviced apartments, and condominiums. The tower's design is inspired by the local dhow ships on the Red Sea. Read more.

Jeddah Tower Delayed after Contractor Problems


18 May 2016, Jeddah, Saudi Arabia

The developer behind the one-kilometer-tall Jeddah Tower, set to be the world’s tallest building, has said that it is looking to get back up to speed after funding issues with contractor Saudi Binladin Group caused delays. Read more.

Aedas Master Plans ALJ Headquarters in Jeddah


28 Apr 2016, Jeddah, Saudi Arabia

Located in the city of Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, Andrew Bromberg of Aedas has designed the corporate headquarters for Abdul Latif Jameel (ALJ), the largest independently owned Toyota distributor in the world. Read more.

Future World’s Tallest is 20 Percent Complete


16 Mar 2016, Jeddah, Saudi Arabia

Jeddah Tower in Saudi Arabia, which is set to be the world’s tallest building, is over 20 percent complete, according to developers. The planned one-kilometer tower has already reached the 37th floor and is on track for completion by 2018. Read more.

Developer Secures New Funding to Complete Jeddah Tower


30 Nov 2015, Jeddah, Saudi Arabia

The developer behind Jeddah Tower, set to become the world’s tallest building, has secured new funding to complete its construction. A $2.23 billion fund has been established as principal financing. Read more.

Jeddah Municipality Accused of Obstructing Skyscraper Construction


10 Jun 2015, Jeddah, Saudi Arabia

A number of real estate developers and investors have accused Jeddah Municipality of obstructing the development of skyscrapers. They believe such buildings are needed to boost the local economy and tourism. Read more.

UAE Design Firm Unveils Winning Master Plan Bid for Mecca


28 May 2015, Mecca, Saudi Arabia

A UAE-based design firm has won a competition to craft a new master plan for Mecca, Saudi Arabia – the holiest city in the world for Muslims. Engineering consultants Buro Happold also worked to develop the master plan. Read more.

Mecca Soon to Host Another Mega-Hotel Development


18 May 2015, Mecca, Saudi Arabia

The holy city of Mecca is set to receive yet another mega-hotel development. At almost 686,000 square feet (63,700 square meters), the $3.5 billion Abraj Kudai will be home to 12 separate towers topped with helipads. Read more.

Elevator Installation Prep Begins at Jeddah’s Kingdom Tower


11 May 2015, Jeddah, Saudi Arabia

Elevator installation preparations have begun at the 1000-plus-meter Kingdom Tower. This work, as well as the eventual installation of the elevator cars, will then progress as the Kingdom Tower’s central structure rises over the coming years. Read more.

Saudi Arabia Progressing With $100 Billion King Abdullah Economic City


23 Mar 2015, King Abdullah Economic City, Saudi Arabia

The Saudi government says it will build a brand-new city, dubbed Kingdom Abdullah Economic City (KAEC), on its western coast. The city would be the size of Washington, DC and cost about $100 billion. Read more.

Two Towers Topped Out in the Heart of Riyadh


25 Feb 2015, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia

Developers have announced that Damac Esclusiva and Damac Tower by Paramount have topped out in the heart of the Saudi capital of Riyadh, less than two years into construction. Handover is expected in 2016. Read more.

Construction Begins on AKH Tower in Dammam


29 Oct 2014, Dammam, Saudi Arabia

Work has begun on AKH Tower. The aesthetically commanding tower comprises a seven-story podium and 27 standard office floors, while its envelope combines glazed curtain walls and aluminum composite cladding systems. Read more.

Riyadh Tower Showcased at Cityscape Global

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23 Sep 2014, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia

Riyadh Tower is being showcased this week at Cityscape Global, an international conference for real estate investors. The Riyadh Tower, located in the Olaya business district, is 338 meters tall and consists of 73 levels. Read more.

Jeddah’s Kingdom Tower to Utilize World’s Tallest Construction Crane


19 Sep 2014, Jeddah, Saudi Arabia

Kingdom Tower, poised to be the world's tallest tower upon completion, has reached an important milestone in the project that will set another new world record — the world’s tallest construction crane. Read more.

Makkah Clock Tower in Mecca to Open for Tourists After Hajj


18 Aug 2014, Mecca, Saudi Arabia

The Makkah Clock Tower, the second tallest building in the world, will open for tourists after Haj 2014, according to officials. Overlooking the Grand Mosque, the Makkah Clock Tower is 601 meters high with 120 stories and 858 suites. Read more.

Four Projects Under Design at Jeddah Gate


23 Jul 2014, Jeddah, Saudi Arabia

Saudi Arabian developer Emaar Middle East says it is developing four projects at its flagship mixed-use Jeddah Gate development in Jeddah's downtown district. Each tower will feature 270 units. Read more.

New Technologies Emerge for Elevators in Jeddah’s Kingdom Tower


02 Jul 2014, Jeddah, Saudi Arabia

There's no doubt that Saudi Arabia’s 3,280-foot (1,000 meter)-tall Kingdom Tower will be a luxury experience. As it turns out, even the elevators will be VIP. The Kone-supplied elevators will feature a variety of innovative technology. Read more.

KONE Wins Kingdom Tower Lift Job


05 Jun 2014, Jeddah, Saudi Arabia

Jeddah Economic Co., the developer of the Kingdom Tower in Saudi Arabia, has selected KONE as the vertical transportation provider to deliver the world's fastest and highest double-decker elevators to the project, which is on track to become the world’s tallest building in 2019. Read more.

Above-Ground Work to Start on Kingdom Tower


21 Mar 2014, Jeddah, Saudi Arabia

Above-ground work on the 1-kilometer-tall Kingdom Tower in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, will begin next month, according to Building Design. Construction will start on April 27 and will be managed by UK project managers EC Harris and Mace. Construction is set to take 63 months, finishing in 2019. Read more.

Kingdom Tower Mobilizes Construction


24 Feb 2014, Jeddah, Saudi Arabia

The kilometer-high Kingdom Tower in Jeddah, currently under construction, is showing new signs of life, as the developer of the project has commissioned engineering and construction consultants to test the required building materials. Read more.

Kingdom Tower Officially Underway and On Schedule


26 Jun 2013, Jeddah, Saudi Arabia

Saudi Arabia's Prince Alwaleed Bin Talal says the project to build the world's future tallest skyscraper in Jeddah is progressing as planned. The prince made the announcement at the fourth board meeting of the Jeddah Economic Company (JEC), the company set up to develop the 1-kilometer (3,280-foot) Kingdom Tower. Read more.

Saudi Prince Looks to Pursue Another Supertall


18 Jun 2013, Jeddah, Saudi Arabia

Saudi billionaire Prince Alwaleed Bin Talal announced that plans to build the Kingdom Tower in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia are on schedule, taking the opportunity to express interest in building a higher tower in another city, perhaps as tall as one mile (1.6 kilometers). The board of directors of Jeddah Economic Company (JEC) met in Riyadh to discuss the Kingdom's progress. Read more.

Kingdom Tower Secures Water Supply


29 Apr 2013, Jeddah, Saudi Arabia

The Jeddah Economic Co. has signed a water supply deal for the Kingdom Tower with Saudi Arabia's national water company, Bloomberg reports. For SAR2.2 billion (US$587 million), the company will supply 156,000 cubic meters (5.5 million cubic feet) of treated water and drinking water every day. Read more.