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1,600m-high tower in the pipeline for Kingdom Holding Company?

Plans for a mile-high tower may materialise from a partnership between the Kingdom Holding Company and Emaar Properties, Chairman of the Kingdom Holding Company Prince Alwaleed bin Talal told news company Reuters yesterday. In a phone interview Alwaleed told Reuters: “Right now we are discussing and evaluating the possibility of building a one-mile tower. We also need good partners. I invite Emaar and Mr. Alabbar (Chairman of Emaar) to join forces with us and see how we can build the ultimate one-mile tower somewhere in the world.”

The announcement was vague as to financing and a location for the tower, with Shanghai, London, New York and Moscow listed by the Chairman as potential cities for the immense project. If realised, the structure would tower over the world’s current tallest building, the Burj Khalifa in Dubai, and the Kingdom Tower currently under construction in Jeddah. The Kingdom Tower is due complete in 2017 at its full height of 1km (1,000m). It has been designed by tall building specialists Adrian Smith + Gordon Gill for Kingdom Real Estate, an arm of the Kingdom Holding Company.

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