Saudi Arabia, UAE claim some of the tallest skyscrapers completed in 2017

The United Arab Emirates have featured among the top 144 for the tallest skyscrapers completed in 2017. (Shutterstock)
Updated 08 January 2018

Saudi Arabia, UAE claim some of the tallest skyscrapers completed in 2017

Cities in Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates have featured among the top 144 for the tallest skyscrapers completed in 2017, according to a report filed by the Council for Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat.

The report placed the UAE in fourth, fifth and sixth place, with Marina 101 tower (425m), the Address Boulevard hotel (370m), and Ahmed Abdul Rahim Al Attar Tower (325m) claiming their positions respectively.

“With the help of these tall beautiful structures, Dubai creates new records and these in turn give Dubai global recognition... These tall structures help boost the real estate and tourism economy too, the two factors that majorly drive and effect the country’s GDP,” Imrann Nawab, director of sales, Gulf Sotheby’s International Realty, told Khaleej Times.

Saudi Arabia was placed at 124 and 144 for Al Rajhi Bank Tower (205m) and Al-Obeikan Hilton Tower Hotel (200m) skyscrapers respectively.

Turkey also featured in the report with Istanbul’s Skyland Office Tower (284m), Skyland Residential Tower (284m) and Metropol Tower Istanbul (280m) claiming the 20th, 21st and 25th spots respectively.

The top spot was occupied by China’s Ping An Finance Center which looms over the city of Shenzhen at 599m.

In the UAE, Dubai Creek Tower is under construction, which once complete, will reach a height of 928m.

And Saudi Arabia is currently building the Jeddah Tower, previously known as the Kingdom Tower, which aims to become the world’s tallest building by hitting the one-kilometer mark.

Middle East's tallest towers completed in 2017
Regional rank Overall rank Tower name City Height (m)
1 4 Marina 101 Dubai, UAE 425
2 5 The Address Boulevard Dubai, UAE 370
3 6 Ahmed Abdul Rahim Al Attar Tower Dubai, UAE 325
4 20 Skyland Office Tower Istanbul, Turkey 284
5 21 Skyland Residential Tower Istanbul, Turkey 284
6 25 Metropol Tower Istanbul Istanbul, Turkey 280
7 124 Al Rajhi Bank Tower Riyadh, Saudi Arabia 205
8 144 Al-Obeikan Hilton Tower Hotel Riyadh, Saudi Arabia 200


Global renewable power capacity to rise by 50% in five years

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Global renewable power capacity to rise by 50% in five years

  • Solar PV will account for nearly 60 percent of this growth and onshore wind 25 percent
  • Falling technology costs and more effective government policies have helped to drive the higher forecasts for renewable capacity deployment

LONDON: Global renewable energy capacity is set to rise by 50 percent in five years’ time, driven by solar photovoltaic (PV) installations on homes, buildings and industry, according to the International Energy Agency (IEA).
Total renewable-based power capacity will rise by 1.2 terawatts (TW) by 2024 from 2.5 TW last year, equivalent to the total installed current power capacity of the United States.
Solar PV will account for nearly 60 percent of this growth and onshore wind 25 percent, the IEA’s annual report on global renewables showed.
The share of renewables in power generation is expected to rise to 30 percent in 2024 from 26 percent today.
Falling technology costs and more effective government policies have helped to drive the higher forecasts for renewable capacity deployment since last year’s report, the IEA said.
“Renewables are already the world’s second largest source of electricity, but their deployment still needs to accelerate if we are to achieve long-term climate, air quality and energy access goals,” said Fatih Birol, the IEA’s executive director.
“As costs continue to fall, we have a growing incentive to ramp up the deployment of solar PV,” he added.
The cost of generating electricity from distributed solar PV (PV systems on homes, commercial buildings and industry) is already below retail electricity prices in most countries.
Solar PV generation costs are expected to decline a further 15 percent to 35 percent by 2024, making the technology more attractive for adoption, the IEA said.
However, policy and tariff reforms are needed to ensure solar PV growth is sustainable and avoid disruption to electricity markets and higher energy costs, the report said.