A model of Kingdom Tower
From the New York November issue: Plans are underway at Kingdom Tower in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, the latest contender for the world’s tallest building. The tower is designed to be 1,001 meters, about 173 meters, or 568 feet, taller than Dubai’s Burj Khalifa, the current record holder, which opened earlier this year. Contractors are now bidding for the right to build the skyscraper, according to the National, an English-language publication in the Middle East. The project, which has been in the works for several years, is being developed by Saudi Prince Alwaleed bin Talal bin Abdulaziz Al Saud. Bidders include Six Construct, a Belgian company that worked on the Burj Khalifa, and its Saudi partner, El Seif Engineering Contracting; Australia’s Multiplex Construction; and Saudi BinLadin Group, one of the biggest construction companies in the region, which was founded by Sheikh Mohammed bin Laden Sayyid, the father of Osama bin Laden. If built according to the current plan, Kingdom Tower would move past Burj Khalifa, but still faces competition for the “world’s tallest” title — the Burj Mubarak Al Kabir in Kuwait is also planned for 1,001 meters, while the Murjan Tower in Bahrain is slotted for 1,022 meters, according to the Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat. Click here for more real estate news from around the world.