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Dubai exec plans 1km Asia skyscraper to rival Burj Khalifa

Dubai's Burj Khalifa, built by Emaar, currently stands as the world’s tallest tower. (Reuters)

The man behind the Burj Khalifa says he is keen to build a tower in Asia that would soar more than 1km into the sky and steal Dubai’s crown as home to the world’s tallest building.

Mohamed Alabbar, the chairman of property developer Emaar, says he has identified a possible location for the skyscraper, although did not reveal exactly where.

If his plan turns into a reality, the 1km-plus tower would be higher than both Emaar’s Burj Khalifa and the planned Kingdom Tower in Saudi Arabia.

“Of course I want to. I am looking. I have a wish,” Alabbar told Arabian Business. “I want to try. It is quite a task with safety issues and making sure it is done right.”

Dubai's Burj Khalifa, built by Emaar, currently stands as the world’s tallest tower at 828 metres (2,716 feet) high.

Prince Alwaleed of Saudi Arabia is behind plans to build a 1km-high skyscraper called Kingdom Tower in Jeddah.

Alabbar said his own project would be “a little taller” than that, according to Arabian Business.

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Last Update: Sunday, 31 March 2013 KSA 13:55 - GMT 10:55
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