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Dubai Creek Tower
Updated: 27th June, 2021

Dubai Creek Tower

Dubai Creek Tower
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Building type
Hotel
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Status
Under development
(October 2016)
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Floors
210 floors
Building specifications
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Overview
Dubai Creek Tower is a hotel under development in Dubai Creek Harbour, The Lagoons, Dubai.
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The developer
The project is being developed by Emaar Properties.
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Timeline
Construction began in October 2016 and was due for completion by H2 2020.
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Height
928 metres (3,045 feet)
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The architect
The architect of the project is Santiago Calatrava.
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Timeline
The project was announced in February 2016. The estimated openining date was H2 2020. Construction began in October 2016.
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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.”


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.

attractions
Attractions
Ras Al Khor Wildlife Sanctuary, 3.1 km
Jameel Arts Centre, 3.8 km
Dubai Dolphinarium, 5.0 km
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Parks & beaches
Hartland Greens Park, 5.3 km
Dubai Creek Park, 5.7 km
The Block, 5.8 km
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Golf clubs
Dubai Creek Golf & Yacht Club, 5.5 km
The Track Meydan Golf, 5.9 km
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Cinemas
Novo Cinema Dubai Festival City, 2.8 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 'Very good' and Universal American School which also has a rating of 'Very good'.

Deira International School
2.5 km, Festival City
AED 58,000  •  British, IB, IB Post 16
Swiss International Scientific School Dubai
2.5 km, Healthcare City Phase 2
AED 77,500  •  IB
Universal American School
3.0 km, Festival City
AED 48,500  •  American, IB
The City School International
3.5 km, Nadd Al Hamar
AED 21,000  •  British

Things to Do

We've partnered with LadiesNightDubai.com and BrunchCrunch.ae 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 (1.4 km)
Joe's Backyard, Holiday Inn Dubai Festival City • Ladies Night • Joe's Backyard (2.7 km)
Hubble Brunch, Holiday Inn Dubai Festival City • Joe's Backyard (2.7 km)
Fête des Dames
Ladies Night • Tuesday 7:00pm
Belgian Cafe Dubai Festival City (3.0 km)
BnB
Ladies Night • Thursday 6:00pm
BnB (4.3 km)
Cu-ba
Ladies Night • Saturday 8:00pm
Cu-ba (5.2 km)
Casa De Tapas
Ladies Night • Tuesday 7:00pm
Casa De Tapas (5.5 km)
Saturday Evening Brunch
Brunch • Holiday Inn Dubai Festival City
Joe's Backyard (2.7 km)
Saturday Brunch
Brunch • Holiday Inn Dubai Festival City
Joe's Backyard (2.7 km)
Hubble Evening Brunch
Brunch • Holiday Inn Dubai Festival City
Joe's Backyard (2.7 km)
Weekend Brunch
Brunch • InterContinental Dubai Festival City
Anise (2.9 km)

Nearby neighbourhoods

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

Festival City
Festival City (2.5 km)
A 1,300-acre urban community on the eastern bank of Dubai Creek comprising residential, commercial and leisure elements.
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Al Jaddaf
Al Jaddaf (3.3 km)
Home to hotels, apartments, shops, leisure facilities, the 80-storey residential D1 tower and the five-star super opulent Palzzo Versace.
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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
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
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

Construction Updates

See the development of Dubai Creek Tower in photos.

  • April 2016

    Construction began in July 2016 and is due to be completed in four years, in time Dubai’s Expo 2020.

  • September 2017

    As of September 2017 the raft foundation is now complete.

  • March 2018

    About 12,000 tonnes of steel reinforcement has also been placed; that’s nearly twice the weight of the Eiffel Tower. 

  • March 2018

    The tower’s 145 barrette piles were tested to a world record load of 36,000 tonnes and laid 72 metres deep to firmly secure the super-structure

    Placement of concrete for the pile cap started in September 2017 with completion scheduled for mid-2018. In all, about 50,000 cubic metres of concrete will be used to fully cap the foundation piles.

    The pile cap is approximately 20 metres thick, made up of multi-layered, tiered reinforced concrete that covers and transfers the load to the foundation barrettes.

    50,000 cubic meters of concrete weighs about 120,000 tonnes, equivalent to the weight of the CN Tower in Canada.

  • May 2018

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