Credit: Emaar Properties

The engineering company working on the project has revealed that Dubai’s new tallest tower will emit a ‘beacon of light’ from its peak at night. At the top will be an oval-shaped bud, housing ten observation decks, including The Pinnacle Room, which will offer 360-degree views of the city, according to a statement from engineering firm Aurecon, which will work with architect Santiago Calatrava on the project. “The Tower will test the craftsmanship of Aurecon as we play our part in making a mark on the built fabric of mankind,” said Adrian Jones, Aurecon’s project director for The Tower. “It is an absolute privilege to be entrusted by Santiago Calatrava and Emaar Properties to work on this project, and we have assembled a stellar team to bring this idea to life.” The design includes a distinctive net of steel cable stays that attach to a central reinforced concrete and steel column that will reach into the skies.

The first foundation stone of the new structure known as The Tower, which will surpass Dubai’s  828m (2,716 ft)-high Burj Khalifa, currently the world’s tallest building, was laid out by Dubai ruler  Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum at Dubai Creek Harbour this week, the government’s media office reports.

The Tower at Dubai Creek
Credit: Emaar Properties

The Tower, which will form the centerpiece of the 3.7 square mile (six square-kilometre) Dubai Creek redevelopment project, will be “a notch taller” than the Burj Khalifa, Mohamed Alabbar, the chairman of Emaar Properties, the same company behind the Burj Khalifa, revealed this April when the plans were first announced. The developers are aiming to complete its construction before the Dubai World Expo in 2020.

The new Dubai tower is designed by Spanish-Swiss architect Santiago Calatrava Valls, known for futuristic structures such as the City of Arts and Sciences complex in Valencia, Spain and New York City’s new World Trade Center transportation hub which opened this year.