A Monument to the World: Dubai Creek Tower

Santiago Calatrava
Principal
Santiago Calatrava LLC, Zurich

The Dubai Creek Tower’s monumental design is influenced by the natural forms of the lily and evokes the shape of a minaret, a distinctive architectural feature in Islamic culture. Soaring above 1,000 meters, it is on track to become among tallest man-made structures on earth.


The tower combines modern, sustainable design with the rich culture and heritage of the United Arab Emirates. The tower’s numerous observation decks are part of an elongated, oval-shaped bud at the top of the tower. The slender stem serves as the spine of the structure and the cables linking the building to the ground are reminiscent of the delicate ribbing of the lily’s leaves. At the same time, they represent the UAE’s welcome to the world. This project is inspired by the goal of making this space a meeting point for citizens, not only from Dubai and the UAE, but from around the world. It is a symbol of belief in progress.


In addition to becoming a global icon and national reference point, Dubai Creek Tower will also serve as the anchor and centerpiece of Dubai Creek Harbour, one of Dubai’s most ambitious mixed-use “polycenters,” now under simultaneous development. The tower’s ground-level Central Plaza will serve as a bustling neighborhood center with world-class retail, a museum, educational facilities, and an indoor auditorium. With its host of amenities and graceful form, the tower will position Dubai Creek Harbour as one of the most desired residential, leisure and touristic attractions in the region.