Plans Revealed in Dubai For Tower Even Taller Than Burj Khalifa

Almost literally shooting for the Moon at this point.
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Almost literally shooting for the Moon at this point.
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Dubai is already home to the 163-floor Burj Khalifa, which at 2,722 feet is the tallest manmade structure on Earth. Dubai developers Emaar Properties have announced they're ready to go one better, with an awe-inspiring, as-yet-unnamed new tower set to open in 2020. 

As reported by The Guardian, Emaar chairman Mohamed Alabbar said the tower would cost in the neighborhood of $1 billion and be slightly taller than the Burj Khalifa. It will have remarkable features fitting its futuristic, soaring appearance. Those may include observation decks which rotate as well as dining establishments and a hotel. 

Alabbar reportedly described the tower as a "gift" to Dubai and a "monument," its appearance inspired by minarets. Much like TV and radio transmission towers, it will be firmly anchored with powerful cables. 

As noted by the Guardian as well as other press services, this won't even be the tallest tower in the Middle East: that honor will one day belong to Jeddah Tower. It will be an astonishing 3,300 feet tall and likely completed in 2020. 

Hopefully we have a future full of awesome videos made by guys winging around these monoliths in jet packs to look forward to.

h/t Guardian