(PCM) Construction is set to begin on the Kingdom Tower in Saudi Arabia, which when completed will have the prestige of being named the tallest building in the world.
The planned tower will stand 1 kilometer high and is rumored to have the cost of $1.23 billion to complete. The tower requires 5.7 million square feet of concrete and over 80,000 tons of steel. It is said to trump the current tallest building in the world, the Burj Khalifa in Dubai by almost 600 feet.
The planned location for the Kingdom Tower will be in the city of Jeddah which is located along the coast of the Red Sea. There are also plans for a 98-foot terrace that will be placed on the buildings 157th floor. In addition to the terrace, Kingdom Tower will house a Four Seasons hotel, luxury condominiums and office space.
The tower is the first phase of the planned Jeddah Economic Company’s approximately $20 billion, 17 million-square-foot Kingdom City project, of which Kingdom Tower will be the main focal point.
Definitely one to steer clear of for those that are afraid of heights, but definitely well on its’ way to making the record books once it has been completed.
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