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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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Kuwait Bank Tower Fire Caused by Exterior Welding Works

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01 Oct 2018, Kuwait City, Kuwait

A fire broke out in a 62-story building under construction in the Sharq sector of Kuwait City, causing the evacuation of 2,500 workers. Investigators specified welding works on the building’s exterior as the cause of the incident. Read more.


Contract Awarded for New 78-Story Grande Tower in Dubai's Opera District

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27 Sep 2018, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

An architecture and planning firm has been awarded a contract to work on the new Grande Tower in Dubai’s Opera District. The tower will be 78 stories and will include 866 units, including penthouses. Read more.


Dubai Creek Harbour to Hand Over First Homes in Early 2019

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28 Aug 2018, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

Dubai Creek Harbour has announced that it will open residences to the first 4,000 residents in early 2019, with the first wave located in Creek Island Dubai. The waterfront residences will be only 10 minutes from the Dubai International Airport. Read more.


Foundation Works Proceed on First of Two Uptown Dubai High-Rises

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27 Aug 2018, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

Foundation works have begun for the first of two high-rise towers in a Dubai complex. The scheme includes hotel rooms, restaurants, grade-A office space, and 237 residential units, as well as a two-level central plaza within the podium. Read more.


Dubai World Trade Center to be Preserved Under New Initiative

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10 Aug 2018, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

The Dubai Municipality has announced a new initiative to preserve landmark buildings from the 1960s and '70s, including the Dubai World Trade Center, the first tall building in the region. Read more.


Second of Two Lattice-Lined Twin Towers Debuts in Kuwait City

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08 Aug 2018, Kuwait City, Kuwait

Both towers of a twin-tower complex featuring a three-dimensional lattice façade have officially completed in Kuwait City. The 42-story office tower and 22-story hotel share a podium, and are both topped with a roof terrace. Read more.


30-Story Residential Tower of The Atria Complex Reaches Completion in Dubai

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26 Jul 2018, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

The 30-story residential tower of a two-tower complex has reached completion in Dubai. The building houses 219 units, while the accompanying 31-story tower will feature a 347-room four-star hotel. Read more.


Plans Announced for a “Retail Metropolis” at Dubai Creek Harbour

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25 Jul 2018, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

A 2.6 million-square-meter retail facility master plan in Dubai has been revealed. Part of the Dubai Creek Harbour mega-development, Dubai Square includes retail, advanced technology, an arts district, a Chinatown, and event space. Read more.


Dubai's Supertall DAMAC Heights Welcomes First Tenants

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23 Jul 2018, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

A 335-meter residential tower in Dubai has opened the doors to its first tenants. The 640-unit high-rise, which features a view of Palm Jumeirah island, has an estimated value of $653 million. Read more.


Construction Plans for Kuwait's $86 Billion “Silk City” Revealed

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17 Jul 2018, Madinat Al Hareer, Kuwait

A project company will be established to implement Kuwait’s $86 billion Silk City development, as revealed by construction plans. The project includes a 1,001-meter tower and is estimated to complete in stages over 25 years. Read more.


Designs Unveiled for Tel Aviv Tower Wrapped in Modular Arcades

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03 Jul 2018, Tel Aviv, Israel

Designs have been revealed for a 116-meter modular tower in Tel Aviv, featuring “cascading” archways and garden terraces. The residential building is expected to begin construction by 2019. Read more.


Banking Giant Confirms New Dubai Headquarters to Open Next Month

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20 Jun 2018, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

A British banking giant expects to open its $250 million Middle East headquarters in Downtown Dubai in July 2018. The 20-story tower, reportedly built by Multiplex, was originally announced in January 2016. Read more.


Residential High-Rise in Dubai Designed to Look Like an iPod

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19 Jun 2018, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

A 26-story building designed to look like an iPod is due to open in Dubai by the end of 2018. The 256-unit residential high-rise will feature technological amenities such as mood lighting, voice control, biometric locks, and mirrors that can monitor health. Read more.


Contract Signed to Build 54-Story Hotel on Dubai's Sheikh Zayed Road

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13 Jun 2018, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

A $136 million contract has been awarded to build a 534-room high-rise hotel in Dubai. The building has been pre-approved as a five-star facility and will include hotel rooms, serviced apartments, meeting rooms, and food and beverage establishments. Read more.


Kaslik Resort to Begin Construction

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06 Jun 2018, Kaslik, Lebanon

A mixed-use resort is scheduled to rise along the Kaslik seafront north of Beirut. The project features a 28-floor, 120-room hotel, as well as retail, restaurants, residential chalets, and a yacht marina. Read more.


Dubai's Address Downtown Opens Doors After Two-Year Closure

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04 Jun 2018, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

The 63-story Address Downtown has completed renovations and reopened, after a fire damaged the building in 2016. The revamped hotel features a new interior, additional rooms and suites, and a lounge bar on the top floor. Read more.


Dubai Creek Tower Pile Cap Construction Complete

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30 May 2018, Dubai, UAE

The Dubai Creek Tower has surpassed a construction milestone, the completion of the pile cap, two months ahead of schedule. The concrete placement work to date weighs 120,000 tons. The Emaar Properties / Dubai Holding project has also undergone aerodynamic shape optimization studies. Read more.


Beirut's Burj El Murr, An Unfinished Skyscraper, Has Been Decorated

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29 May 2018, Beirut, Lebanon

An unfinished 34-story skyscraper in Lebanon’s capital, abandoned since 1975, has been adorned with brightly-colored, striped curtains in a temporary art installation by the artist Jad El Khoury. Read more.


Construction to Begin on Dubai's Dubawi Project

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21 May 2018, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

Construction on a mixed-use tower in Dubai will begin soon. Located on Sheikh Zayed Road, the $410 million Dubawi project will include 500 hotel rooms and more than 500 apartment units and penthouses. Read more.


Dubai High-Rise Badly Damaged by Fire

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15 May 2018, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

A fire broke out in The Zen, a residential high-rise in Dubai Marina, on May 13. No injuries were reported, as many were away at work at the time, but the tower appears to be badly damaged. Officials said the fire started outside the building. Read more.


Developer Begins Handover of Dubai Marina Project Homes

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02 May 2018, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

The developer of The Residences at Marina Gate 1, a 52-story high-rise that recently completed in Dubai, has begun handover of the tower’s 399 units to buyers. The remaining two towers in the complex are progressing on schedule. Read more.


Developer Says Dubai Marina Project Set for 2019 Completion

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18 Apr 2018, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

The developer of LIV Residence Dubai Marina, a 28-story waterfront high-rise, has announced that the project is set for completion in 2019. The development will offer luxury elements, such as membership to a 5-star beach and tennis club. Read more.


Horizon Towers on Abu Dhabi’s Reem Island Ready for Handover

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16 Apr 2018, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates

With construction on the Horizon Towers in Abu Dhabi now complete, the complex is ready to be handed over to a property management company. The project comprises two towers of 63 and 44 floors, with a total of 924 units. Read more.


New Details Emerge on Sama Gardens Supertall in Dubai

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10 Apr 2018, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

Architecture firm Diar Consult has released new images and additional details about its planned supertall high-rise, dubbed Sama Gardens, in Dubai. The 70-story supertall tower will rise 360 meters and contain 488 apartments. Read more.


Architect Reveals Plans for Modular High-Rise in Dubai

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09 Apr 2018, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

An architecture firm has revealed plans for a 310-meter-tall modular high-rise for the Dubai Marina business district. The tower, which will connect to the city’s public transit system, will contain 300 hotel rooms and 450 residential units. Read more.


Twin Towers at Creek Horizon Project in Dubai Reach Podium Level

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03 Apr 2018, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

Construction on the two-tower Creek Horizon residential project at Dubai Creek Harbour has reached ground level. The towers, which are being developed by Emaar Properties, will top out at 36 and 39 stories once complete. Read more.


Plans Released for Mixed-Use Development on Dubai Canal

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30 Mar 2018, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

A twin-tower development that connects at the base and curves into a “U” shape as it rises has been proposed along the Dubai Canal. The towers will rise to 18 and 19 stories and feature a total of 347 residential units. Read more.


Developer Calls for Groundwork Bids for Tallest Tower on Dubai’s Palm Jumeirah

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28 Mar 2018, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

The developer of the Palm 360 project in Dubai has called for ground preparation proposals to begin work on the two-tower development. Palm 360 will feature a hotel with 125 rooms as well as 331 residential units. Read more.


Excavation Work Completes on MBL Residence in Dubai

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26 Mar 2018, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

Shoring, piling, and excavation work has completed on the 40-story MBL Residence high-rise in Dubai. The project will include 472 one-, two-, and three-bedroom apartments as well as amenities including a gym and outdoor swimming pool. Read more.


Work to Begin on Dubai’s Second-Tallest Skyscraper in 2018

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19 Mar 2018, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

Work will soon resume on Entisar Tower, which will become the second-tallest building in Dubai at 570 meters and 122 stories. The mixed-use high-rise will contain residential units on the first 100 floors and a luxury hotel on the top 22 stories. Read more.