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Dubai Creek Tower
Updated: 27th June, 2021

Dubai Creek Tower

Dubai Creek Tower is a hotel under development in Dubai Creek Harbour, The Lagoons, Dubai.
Dubai Creek Tower
Building type
Under development
(On hold)
210 floors
Building specifications
Dubai Creek Tower is a hotel under development in Dubai Creek Harbour, The Lagoons, Dubai.
The developer
The project is being developed by Emaar Properties and Dubai Holding.
Construction began in October 2016.
928 metres (3,045 feet)
Master developer
The master developer is Dubai Holding.
The architect
The architectural consultant is Santiago Calatrava.
Additional information
  • The Tower was to have been the architectural centrepiece of the Dubai 2020 Expo in the same way that the Eiffel Tower was to the 1889 Paris World Fair. But it missed the deadline.

  • It was announced in June 2015 that The Tower would be taller than the Burj Khalifa at 928 metres although it's entirely possible that this is a playful understatement and the tower will ultimately be over 1000 metres tall. Given that neighbouring Saudi Arabia is part way through constructing the 1km tall Kingdom Tower, we think it would almost be silly not to beat it!

  • Designed by Spanish architect Santiago Calatrava, The Tower will cost an estimated $1 billion.

  • The building will be primarily architectural although there will be 20 usable floors at the top contained in an oval-shaped bud which will house 10 observation decks, a hotel, restaurants, a function room and an indoor garden. At night the bud will act as a light beacon and the lighting system will depict the features of a flower.

  • Emaar Properties, the developer behind the project, was aiming to deliver The Tower in mid 2020 in time for the Dubai Expo 2020 event, ie in October of that year.

  • The tower will be linked to a retail district which is also due for completion at the same time.

  • Santiago Calatrava's design was the winner of an international design competition between five of the World's top practices.

  • The steel cables that anchor the tower will be some of the longest ever used in a construction project.

  • The observation deck will offer unobstructed panoramic views of Dubai and will feature rotating platforms which take guests outside.

  • The adjoining retail district is currently still in the design phase but will act as a neighbourhood centre with shops, a museum, educational facilities and an indoor auditorium. It will be completed along with The Tower in time for the Expo in 2020.

  • The six square kilometre master-planned community was revealed in April 2016, promising 2km of creekside waterfront, 679 million sq m of residential space, 851,000 sq m of commercial property, 22 hotels with 4,400 rooms and 11.1 million sq m of retail. (The Dubai Mall has an overall footprint of 1.1 million sq m.)

  • The Tower will have a self-cleaning facade which uses water collected from a sustainable cooling system.

  • Work on the project got under way in June 2016, with Aurecon appointed as the engineer and architect of record and the Cala­trava team leading design and engineering works.

  • Advanced wind tunnel tests on The Tower, crucial in defining the final height and aspects of the design, were completed in July 2016.

    The architect added that they "were an important component in the structural design stage, and we have deployed innovative engineering techniques to confirm the strength of the new icon".

    The tests involved 12 different analysis and testing methods to ensure that all possible cases were considered, and  were carried out for the entirety of the project using a scale model.

    As part of climate tests in the local area, measurements were taken at different heights, including data provided by the weather stations.

  • Seismic studies on the local ground conditions were also carried out to guarantee the maximum safety and stability of the building. The design of The Tower includes multiple damper systems and shock absorption systems, located at different points and heights.

  • At the ground breaking ceremony on 10 October 2016 the architect said that every building has a slight sway “but that is not something that you will notice [in The Tower]… it is well within the comfort zones and this will be one of the safest supertall structures in the world. You will feel most comfortable in it and we are taking care in order to make sure that the occupants of the building feel as safe as they would on the ground.”

Transport & Access

Commute times by car

From Dubai Creek Tower it takes roughly 16 minutes to drive to Dubai Mall, 27 minutes to Palm Jumeirah, 26 minutes to Burj Al Arab and 31 minutes to The Walk JBR.*

Airport proximity

Dubai International Airport (DXB) is roughly 19 minutes' drive and the new Al Maktoum International Airport is roughly 46 minutes' drive.*

Dubai Creek Tower Location

The map below shows the location of Dubai Creek Tower and just below are summaries of the nearest attractions, parks, beaches, golf clubs and cinemas.

Imagine at Dubai Festival City, 2.7 km
Ras Al Khor Wildlife Sanctuary, 3.1 km
Jameel Arts Centre, 3.8 km
Parks & beaches
Creek Island Central Park, 1.4 km
Culture Village Park, 3.9 km
Hartland Greens Park, 5.3 km
Golf clubs
Al Badia Golf Club, 2.1 km
Dubai Creek Golf & Yacht Club, 5.5 km
The Track Meydan Golf, 5.9 km
Novo Cinema Dubai Festival City, 2.7 km
Cineplex Grand Hyatt, 4.3 km
Vox Cinemas at City Centre Mirdif, 5.6 km

Local Schools

Dubai Creek Tower has many schools nearby including Deira International School at 2.5 km and Swiss International Scientific School Dubai at 2.5 km.

In terms of performance there are two schools nearby that have achieved either of two highest government inspection rating of 'Very Good' or 'Outstanding' including Deira International School which has a rating of 'Outstanding' and Universal American School which has a rating of 'Very good'.

Deira International School
2.5 km, Dubai Festival City
AED 58,000  •  British, IB
Swiss International Scientific School Dubai
2.5 km, Healthcare City Phase 2
AED 77,500  •  IB
Universal American School
3.0 km, Dubai Festival City
AED 57,500  •  American, IB
The City School International
3.5 km, Nadd Al Hamar
AED 21,000  •  British

Things to Do

We've partnered with and to give an overview of the current Ladies Nights and Brunch offers in the vicinity of Dubai Creek Tower.

Soulful Ladies Night, Vida Creek Harbour • Ladies Night • Soulgreen (0.0 km)
Joe's Backyard, Holiday Inn Dubai Festival City • Ladies Night • Joe's Backyard (0.0 km)
Hubble Brunch, Holiday Inn Dubai Festival City • Joe's Backyard (0.0 km)
Ladies Night •  8:00pm
BnB (0.0 km)
Eve Penthouse and Lounge
Ladies Night •  10:00pm
Eve Penthouse and Lounge (0.0 km)
Ladies Night •  8:00pm
Cu-ba (0.0 km)
Cactus Jacks
Ladies Night •  8:00pm
Cactus Jacks (0.0 km)
Hubble Evening Brunch
Brunch • Holiday Inn Dubai Festival City
Joe's Backyard (0.0 km)
Sunday Roast
Brunch • Holiday Inn Dubai Festival City
Joe's Backyard (0.0 km)
The Family Brunch
Brunch • Palazzo Versace
Giardino (0.0 km)
Saturday Brunch
Brunch • Raffles Dubai
Tomo (0.0 km)

Nearby neighbourhoods

Explore communities that are either adjacent or close to Dubai Creek Tower.

Healthcare City Phase 2
Healthcare City Phase 2 (3.6 km)
A wellness centre providing long-term care, spa resorts, sports medicine facilities, waterfront residences and nutrition centres in Jadaf.
Read more
Culture Village
Culture Village (3.7 km)
A development overlooking the Dubai Creek, home to the exclusive Palazzo Versace, apartment buildings, shops and exhibition centres.
Read more
Warsan Village
Warsan Village (5.6 km)
A popular gated residential community comprising contemporary three-bedroom townhouses located on the corner of International City.
Read more
Dubai International City
Dubai International City (6.4 km)
A mixed use commercial, residential and retail development in Al Warsan with clusters of buildings named after different countries.
Read more
Meydan (6.5 km)
A 40 million square foot development underway in MBR City, home to the world famous Meydan Race Course which  hosts the annual Dubai Cup.
Read more
Al Kifaf
Al Kifaf (7.1 km)
The four residential towers of Park Gate Residences share this place with Zabeel Park, Etisalat Tower and the landmark Dubai Frame.
Read more
Mirdif (7.5 km)
A residential district of three gated villa communities in north-east Dubai, about 10km from Deira City Centre and close to the airport.
Read more
Bur Dubai
Bur Dubai (7.6 km)
Villas and low-rise apartments abound in this historic district on the banks of Dubai Creek across the water from Deira.
Read more
Dubai Creek Tower Milestones
Date Launched
February 2016
Estimated Handover Date
H2 2020
Construction Started
October 2016
Companies Associated with Dubai Creek Tower
Developer: Emaar Properties
Developer: Dubai Holding
Architectural Consultant: Santiago Calatrava
Engineering Consultant: Aurecon

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