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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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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.


Plans Revealed for Luxury Hotel Along Dubai Water Canal

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14 Mar 2018, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

Additional details have been revealed for a five-star hotel and luxury residential building planned for a site along Dubai Water Canal. The 31-story high-rise, to be called the Private Residences, will be designed by Foster + Partners. Read more.


Developer Awards $163 Million Main Contract for Dubai’s Aykon City Tower

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27 Feb 2018, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

A developer has awarded a $163 million contract to China State Construction Engineering Corporation for the construction of a tower in its Aykon City master development. Work on the tower is expected to begin on March 1, 2018. Read more.


Design Development of Dubai Creek Tower 100% Complete

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15 Feb 2018, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

Wind engineering experts have completed aerodynamic shape optimization studies, wind loading analyses, and façade wind pressure assessments for Dubai Creek Tower. The core of the project's pile cap has now reached its highest point. Read more.


Concrete Work on Dubai’s Palm Tower Passes 80 Percent Mark

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12 Feb 2018, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

Palm Tower in Dubai’s Palm Jumeirah has passed the 80 percent mark in terms of concrete work, with 42 floors complete. The 52-story tower will include a 289-room hotel, 432 luxury residences and a public viewing deck. Read more.


Jeddah Tower Reaches 63rd Floor as Infrastructure Works Progress

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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.


Developer Appoints Sales Agent for Dubai Residential Tower as Construction Progresses

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22 Jan 2018, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

A developer has chosen a lead sales agent for an under-construction residential tower in Dubai. The 32-story, 53,000-square-meter high-rise will include 244 units and is expected to complete in 2019. Read more.


Developer’s New Dubai Island Destination Revealed

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18 Jan 2018, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

Emaar Development unveiled a private gated island destination on the Arabian Gulf in Dubai that will include a twin-tower development of 33 stories and 26 stories. Residents will have access to swimming pools, gyms, and parking areas. Read more.


New Ibis Hotel Planned for Dubai’s Jumeirah Village Circle

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10 Jan 2018, Dubai, United

A developer and a hotel operator have signed a management agreement for the Ibis Dubai Jumeirah Village Circle. The 252-room hotel will span 11,705 square meters across 16 floors and is expected to open in 2021. Read more.


Dubai’s Opus Set to Open

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08 Jan 2018, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

The Opus, a 19-story mixed-use development designed by Zaha Hadid Architects, is set to open on 15 January. The tower will offer more than 5,200 square meters of office space, a club, several restaurants, and a hotel. Read more.


Dubai Frame Opens to the Public

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03 Jan 2018, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

The Dubai Frame, a 150-meter-high observation platform connected with a 93-meter long skybridge, opened to the public on New Year’s Day. The tourist attraction offers visitors 360-degree views of the city. Read more.


Saudi British Bank Future Head Office Breaks Ground in Riyadh

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22 Dec 2017, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia

The competition-winning design for the Saudi British Bank (SABB) has broken ground in Riyadh.The building will be a 46,544-square-meter commercial office development comprised primarily of a 135-meter-tall office tower. Read more.


Dubai Court Dismisses Arbitration Against Real Estate Firm in Burj Daman Case

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18 Dec 2017, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

A real estate firm has won a favorable judgment in the Dubai Courts of Appeal in its long-running dispute with a contractor, relating to the Burj Daman real estate project in the Dubai International Financial Centre (DIFC). Read more.


Dubai’s Gate Avenue Aims to Lease 90% of Units Before Completion

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14 Dec 2017, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

Dubai International Financial Centre, the emirate's financial free zone, aims to lease 90 percent of units at its Dh1billion (US$272 million) Gate Avenue retail development before it opens in 2018. Read more.