Kuwait Plans to Build World's Tallest Building
Perhaps inspired by nearby Dubai, Kuwaiti Municipal officials approved a plan Thursday, to construct what will be the world's tallest building if completed. The Burj Mubarak Al-Kabir, part of the Madinat Al-Hareer (City of Silk), is planned to soar to a height of 1,001 meters (3,284 ft). At that height the Burj Mubarak would be almost twice the height of the world's tallest completed building, Taipei 101.
Madinat Al-Hareer is an $86 billion dollar project that will include not only the skyscraper but an airport and an expansive desert preserve. The tower will take approximately 25 years to complete if it comes to fruition. The plan also includes a bridge that will eventually link Madinat Al-Hareer with Kuwait City, which sits across a bay from the planned location of Madinat Al-Hareer.
Another megaproject in the Gulf, the unfinished Burj Dubai , is already taller than Taipei 101 and will be the tallest free standing structure ever when completed. Though the final height of the Burj Dubai has not been disclosed, it is estimated to be between 700 and 900 meters. Making it substanially shorter than the proposed Burj Mubarak Al-Kabir.