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Tallest Skyscraper To Rise In Dubai Reminiscent of Hanging Gardens of Babylon

Posted by Staff Reporter on Apr 19, 2016 10:22 AM EDT
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DUBAI, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES - JANUARY 04: The Burj Dubai tower is pictured during the opening ceremony of the Burj Dubai tower on January 4, 2010 in Dubai, United Arab Emirates.The Burj Dubai, which in Arabic means Dubai Tower, is at 824.55 meters the world's tallest man-made structure. (Photo : Martin Rose/Getty Images)

Emaar Properties envisions the rise of its newest skyscraper, inspired by the mythical Hanging Gardens of Babylon.  The Dubai based developer is set to construct "The Tower" in the emirate, with the intention to top the current tallest building in the world, the Burj Khalifa.

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According to a report from, the newest skyscraper plans to have its observation decks reminiscent of the Hanging Gardens of Babylon. The building would be the centerpiece for the Dubai Creek Harbour project set to be completed by 2020, when Dubai hosts the World Expo.

The architect of the "The Tower" would be designed by Santiago Calatravo Valls, the Spanish-Spanish neo-futurist designer. The budget is set at $1 billion, with 20 mixed use floors, a boutique hotel and restaurants with panoramic views of Dubai. The highlight of the building is a "Pinnacle Room", boasting of 360 degree views and observation decks on rotating balconies. The design of the whole skyscraper was a lily flower and minarets, centerpiece designs of Islamic culture.

The Hanging Gardens of Babylon was known as one of the Seven Wonders of the World. Very few ancient texts describe the grandeur of the said edifice. It remains as one of the last great archeological mysteries and in a recent report from , an academic may have deciphered the precise location of the Gardens.

Dr. Stephanie Dailey of Oxford University had conducted her research hundreds of miles north of the fabled city of Babylon, which is now known as Hillah in central Iraq. She surveyed the area known as Nineveh and based on clues she derived from ancient texts, she identified the area. Alongside the area, she declared that the builders of the famed Hanging Gardens were not Babylonians and their king Nebuchadnezzar but was actually the Assyrians under their monarch Sennacherib.

According to Dr. Dailey, "That's the best place for it to be. It looks like a good place for a garden. More research is now required at the site, but sadly I don't think that will be possible in my lifetime. My conviction that the gardens were in Nineveh remains unshaken."

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