An artistic impression of how The Tower at Dubai Creek Harbour will look after completion.
An artistic impression of how The Tower at Dubai Creek Harbour will look after completion.

Dubai said on Monday it had started building what would be the world's tallest tower, another record for the city that is already home to the highest skyscraper - the Burj Khalifa.

The Tower at Dubai Creek Harbour - a joint venture between Emaar Properties and Dubai Holding, the investment vehicle of the emirate's ruler, Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid al-Maktoum - will be completed in 2020, Dubai's government said.

An artistic impression of how The Tower at Dubai Creek Harbour will look after completion. Image: Courtesy of Emaar Properties.
An artistic impression of how The Tower at Dubai Creek Harbour will look after completion. Image: Courtesy of Emaar Properties.

Its statement did not say how high the tower would be nor how much it might cost.

Guinness World Records defines a tower as a structure in which less than 50 percent of the total height is useable floor space.

An artistic impression of how The Tower at Dubai Creek Harbour will look after completion. Image: Courtesy of Emaar Properties.
An artistic impression of how The Tower at Dubai Creek Harbour will look after completion. Image: Courtesy of Emaar Properties.

The world's tallest tower is the Tokyo Sky Tree, a 634-metre-high broadcasting, restaurant and observation tower.

The world's tallest free-standing tower is the Tokyo's SkyTree in Japan. Image: Reuters
The world's tallest free-standing tower is the Tokyo's SkyTree in Japan. Image: Reuters

Dubai, a major tourism and entertainment center, is continually laying plans for new attractions.

Its new tower, part of a plush new residential area next to a waterfront, will feature several garden-themed observation decks, it said.

The Burj Khalifa is 829.8 meters (2,722 feet) high.

The world's tallest building is the Burj Khalifa in Dubai, UAE. Image: Reuters.
The world's tallest building is the Burj Khalifa in Dubai, UAE. Image: Reuters.
Source: Reuters