The Tower at Dubai Creek Harbour Image Credit: Gulf News Archives

Dubai: Dubai’s upcoming super-tall masterpiece, The Tower, which is set to surpass the height of Burj Khalifa, is now taking shape.

New photos have emerged of the ongoing construction of the future iconic observation tower, providing the public a glimpse into what goes on at the site.

The aerial images, courtesy of Dubai Media Office, showed the ongoing work at the base of the tower, which broke ground only a little over a year ago.

Layers upon layers of concrete have already been poured onto the base, increasing the height of the tower.

The tower is scheduled for completion in 2020. It is the centrepiece of Emaar's Dubai Creek Harbour, a waterfront development located on the banks of Dubai Creek featuring mixed-use towers.

In October 2016, His Highness Shaikh Mohammad bin Rashid marked the ground-breaking of the tower, with the foundation work accomplished in a record time.

As of May this year, barrette piles have been laid to depths of over 72 metres, approximately a fifth of the height of one of the five tallest towers in Dubai, to secure the structure. The barrette piles used for the foundation have been tested to a world record test load of 36,000 tonnes.

The tower is envisioned to become the next global icon. The design of the structure was done by Spanish/Swiss architect and engineer Santiago Calatrava Valls.

It will feature a number of observation decks that will offer stunning 360-degree views of Dubai. Among the highlights are The Pinnacle  Room and VIP Observation Garden Decks that recreate the splendour of the “Hanging Gardens of Babylon,” one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World.

What are the top 5 tallest towers in Dubai?

1. Burj Khalifa   

Built in 2010, the iconic Burj is the tallest in the world, as well as in Dubai with a height of 828 metres.

2. Marina 101    

Marina 101 (center)

This residential tower was just completed this year and is approximately half the size of its predecessor with a height of 425 metres.

3. Princess Tower

The Princess Tower, center, stands illuminated amongst other skyscrapers beyond motor cruisers moored at Dubai Marina. (Photo: Bloomberg)

Known as the home for the extreme dream jump, the Princess tower has a height of 413 metres.

4. 23 Marina

Built in 2012, this residential tower has a height of 392 metres. With views of the entire city, some residents enjoy living in the sky.

5. Elite Residence

This popular apartment building 380 metres high and goes all the way to the 59th floor.

With inputs from Yousra Zaki, Deputy Editor - Guides