Kuwait has announced plans to build the world’s tallest tower, called the Burj Mubarak al-Kabir. The skyscraper is expected to cost 25 billion Kuwaiti Dinars and will stand 1001 meters high. The building will be higher than the world’s current tallest building, the Burj Khalifa in Dubai. This massive structure will consist of 234 floors, with a capacity to house 7000 individuals.

The one-kilometer tall tower will be part of a larger development project called Madinat al-Hareer–The Silk City, which will be located in the Subiya district of Kuwait City.

Designed by Spanish architect Santiago Calatrava, the Burj Mubarak will be located in the planned Madinat Al-Hareer, or Silk City, and will be completed in around 25 years. The design of the tower is said to have been inspired by a traditional Islamic minaret, with a slender top. Three interlocking and twisting structures will ensure that the tower is protected against vibrations from wind speeds of up to 241.402 kilometers per hour.

The Silk City project will reportedly cover 250 square kilometers and consist of four distinct quarters, accommodating around 700,000 people and creating 430,000 jobs, as the Gulf state looks to diversify its economy away from reliance on oil exports.

The new landmark will house a range of facilities, including a hotel, offices, apartments and observation decks, as well as a range of retail and restaurants. It is expected to become a major tourist attraction, embodying Kuwait’s ambition and progress.

These towering structures are not only architectural masterpieces but also serve as symbols of the region’s ambition and progress, showcasing the impressive technological and engineering capabilities of the Middle East.