Nakheel Harbour & Tower by Woods Bagot



Architects Woods Bagot have designed a kilometre-high tower for developer Nakheel in Dubai.


The tower, unveiled at the Cityscape real estate fair in Dubai, will be the world's tallest building and is part of a development that also includes "the world's first inner city harbour".


The following information is from Nakheel:


Includes tower more than a kilometre high and the world's first inner city harbour

Dubai, October 5th, 2008

Inspired by Islamic design and geometry, master developer Nakheel announced today that it is building Dubai's capital, Nakheel Harbour & Tower. The new community was launched at a VIP event hosted by His Excellency Sultan Ahmed bin Sulayem, Chairman of Dubai World.


At the core of the Nakheel Harbour & Tower development is a tower more than a kilometre high and the world's only inner city harbour. The development will cover an area of more than 270 hectares and become home to more than 55,000 people, a workplace for 45,000 more and attract millions of visitors each year.


"There is nothing like it in Dubai", His Excellency Sultan Ahmed bin Sulayem said at the launch. "Nakheel Harbour & Tower is located in the heart of 'new Dubai', where we have focused on creating a true community, a location for living, working, relaxing and entertaining, for art and culture. All of this is concentrated in one area."


In line with Nakheel's role in shaping Dubai's future and creating some of the world's most iconic developments, Nakheel Harbour & Tower incorporates elements from great Islamic cities of the past - the gardens of Alhambra in Spain, the harbour of Alexandria in Egypt, the promenade of Tangier in Morocco and the bridges of Isfahan in Iran.


"With Islamic influences governing its design, Nakheel Tower has been able to reach its height of more than a kilometre. This inspired approach has enabled us to achieve a number of amazing feats of engineering, for example the Tower will be the world's tallest concrete structure," said His Excellency.

Nakheel Tower will have four individual towers within a single structure – a groundbreaking engineering feat. A distinctive crescent-shaped podium encircles the base and complements its remarkable height.

"Nakheel has sought inspiration not just from Islamic design but also from the Islamic principles of inclusion, innovation, diversity, excellence, growth and progress. These are the same principles that have motivated and guided Islamic culture and helped create its great cities throughout history. Now they are shaping the cities of the future," enthused His Excellency Sultan Bin Sulayem.

Not only has a development of this shape and scale not been attempted before, but it is also a further example of Nakheel's innovative projects that have changed the way the world looks at Dubai.

The multibillion dollar Nakheel Harbour & Tower development will include 250,000m2 of hotels and hospitality space, 100,000 m2 of retail space and huge expanses of green spaces including canal walks, parks and landscaping. The new development is geographically central to the Emirate of Dubai, at the intersection of Sheikh Zayed Road and the Arabian Canal; and will also complement Nakheel's surrounding developments including Jumeirah Park, Jumeirah Islands, Discovery Gardens and Ibn Battuta shopping mall.

The Nakheel Harbour & Tower development minimises car use and maximises train, bus and water transportation. A complete transportation hub blends into the harbour area with metro transportation combined with a unique water transport interchange, with Abra & Dhow station links.

Sustainability and safety will be key to the planning and design of Nakheel Harbour & Tower, with the latest standards and technology incorporated in the development.

"The inspiration for the project came from Sheikh Mohammed's vision for building for tomorrow," said His Excellency. "He is famously quoted as saying that 'before evaluating the future, we have to take a quick look at the past. For it is the foundation of tomorrow'.

"It sends another message to the world that Dubai has a vision like no other place on earth."

Posted on Monday October 6th 2008 at 3:28 pm by Matylda Krzykowski. Copyright policy | Comments policy

  • unpopular

    … someones just been watching too much Babylon 5 reruns.

    Altough its not as offensive as some dubai towers to date.. its still pretty darn ugly.

  • I’d love to see UAE, being newly developed region of the world, as a country with the right vision towards the GREENER future. Now I know it’ll never become true. Materialistic DUBAI.

  • qayyam

    look like a pen or led pencil . if i articulate building ,it’s post modren building some of inspiration from empire center USA. very massive ,Gigantic straight coulmn form building with out any offsets and breathing space in it.
    visibility from men’s eye view , through air or 10 to 20 Km away from the building.
    but over all it look like very mechanical look. but its interesting ……



  • msa

    the best 70’s design i have seen all week!

  • Julie


    Don't listen to the other blogs – I think your building looks lovely.


    • Joe

      Hahaha yes, phallic compensation much :P?

  • Michael

    I love the two “Islamic” inspired mega towers. I never knew Frank Lloyd Wright was a convert. Another concrete tripod, another Mile High…

  • Jayan

    very nice

  • bald skull

    not that impressed really. still waiting for someone to unveil a 2 mile tall building…


  • greatpacho

    The design reminds me of something out of a science fiction movie. Anyone remember Heman: Masters of the Universe.

  • Emerson

    I think I can see the eye of Sauron at the top.

  • yrag

    As far as another phallic expression of ego goes, yes, it looks to be an impressive structure and achievement. And I don’t begrudge Dubai it’s moment of glory, this is what the psyche of Man of every creed has always done.

    And I don’t mean to come off as anti-Islamic, but the Sultan’s statement ““With Islamic influences governing its design, Nakheel Tower has been able to reach its height of more than a kilometre. This inspired approach has enabled us to achieve a number of amazing feats of engineering . .” What does that mean? That without Islamic influences governing its design, Nakheel Tower somehow would not be able to achieve amazing feats of engineering?

    Are Architects Woods Bagot Muslims?

  • Degs

    I’ve always been an ardent fan for high rise buildings. Im sure this building will look very imposing and very impressive by its sheer height alone. Although my comment is that the first 2 rendered images looks far more aesthetically pleasing, more due to perspective than anything else. The image of the scale model, brings it strongly back into reality and Im struggling to find that Islamic influence in any of its post modern design. Which brings forth one last point – I dont think the pinnacle of the tower has really been that well resolved. I would have loved to see other options. Especially for such an ambitious achievement.
    Still…if you got it, then flaunt it!

  • fashionpolice

    what I like about it is that it’s so subtle

  • trent

    how long till dubai stops trying to compensate….? just buy a red sports car like everyone else

  • Michael

    The influences here are the guy funding the project. So yeah, without that check, this is a non-project.

  • micho

    its all about design..its an impressive building and nothing to say for YRAG I GUESS…

  • micho

    for michel i guess ur limmited..i hope u can make a 2km meters u can call him a project..

  • human being

    yrag, u are right.
    islamic generate the architecture or enginering for this project?!
    i m totally not convicing.

    by the way, another huge, ugly ,show off building appear on the earth soon. 1km…
    in the end, earth will be end up like the situation in ‘ wall.e’…
    full of the high rise …rubbish high rise.

  • celine mondieu

    Islamic teachings made this design possible and interesting? Please, Sheikh Whatsyourname! Even devout Muslims see through that kind of BS!

  • JJ Mckay

    Does anyone realize that the Emperor has no clothes on?!

  • marcos

    after the gherkin here you have the asparragus…

  • Vince B

    This looks like Jar Jar Binks holidays pictures!

  • Nawar

    It is less than expected for such project………Disappointing !

  • urbanist x

    yet another dubai ejaculation ! i have to say the futuristic look is kinda of cool but wears out and gets boring very quickly because there is no intellectual depth – purely technical – not against hight but mindless hight with very little vision except the mere fact of hight is hardly visionary at all and so last century and old and done and boring, move on dubai before its too late! …maybe its too late already.

  • curb

    dubai. calm down. you’re not cool.

  • DrewDrew

    Hmm, what is it we want to do after the concrete tri-pod? A desire to go taller, bigger, testaments to humanity? What will we learn from this? In terms of energy, it is surely a waste of money, no?
    I appreciate this tower,not for what it is, a masterbatury effort of the will, a constractors and engineers wet dream, but for what its offspring might be: something more than a symbol.
    It will reveal an increaseed understanding of operating at that scale in terms of construction, but to what end? Do the means justify the ends? Is this the right decision, given what we know?
    Why one kilometer, again? What does it have to do with anything?
    Why are architects cool with this? Architects? Hello.

  • saif

    burj dubai looks better…sorry