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Burj Khalifa set to lose crown of world's tallest building to new tower

New tower is slated to host the "world's highest observatory," adding to its list of groundbreaking features

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The under-construction Jeddah Tower (left) and the Burj Khalifa (right).—Guinness World Records
The under-construction Jeddah Tower (left) and the Burj Khalifa (right).—Guinness World Records

The Jeddah Tower, also known as Kingdom Tower, currently under construction in Saudi Arabia, is poised to surpass the Burj Khalifa as the tallest building in the world, with an expected height of over 1,000 meters. 

In 2010, the Burj Khalifa in Dubai soared to unprecedented heights, standing tall at 828 meters and setting records as the world's tallest building. 

Guinness World Records confirms that the Jeddah Tower, expected to exceed 1,000 meters (1 km; 3,281 ft), could redefine the skyline once completed. 

Developed by the Jeddah Economic Company, this towering structure is envisioned as a multifaceted complex, encompassing luxury residences, office spaces, serviced apartments, and upscale condominiums.

Notably, it is slated to host the "world's highest observatory," adding to its list of groundbreaking features.

While the University of Tokyo Atacama Observatory currently holds a different altitude record, the Jeddah Tower's ambitious design and estimated $1.23 billion cost position it as a formidable contender to dethrone the Burj Khalifa. 

This architectural masterpiece, located in north Jeddah as part of a colossal $20 billion mega-project, resumed construction in 2023 after a five-year hiatus. 

The veil of mystery shrouding its completion date only adds to the anticipation, as its proposed size and amenities pose a significant challenge to the Burj Khalifa's record reign. 

The global architectural landscape awaits the unveiling of this new symbol of human achievement, poised to ascend even higher into the realms of architectural history.