What do the Burj Khalifa in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, the Shanghai Tower in the Republic of China, the One World Trade Centre in the United States of America and the Petronas Towers in Malaysia, have in common? These towering skyscrapers have the distinction of being amongst the top ten tallest towers in the world. While the Burj Khalifa, towering at a tremendous height of over two thousand seven hundred feet, retains the distinction of being the tallest skyscraper, towers such as Taipei 101 in Taiwan, the Petronas Towers in Kuala Lumpur and the Willis Tower (previously known as the Sears Tower) also had the distinction of being the world’s tallest skyscraper at a given point in time. The intriguing thing about this list is that a series of skyscrapers are being built, aspiring to be amongst this list and this inspired innovation often leads to new global firsts. One such innovation that has seen the light of day has been embodied in the Al Hamra Tower.
Located in the heart of the city of Kuwait, the Al Hamra Towers boasts of two dominant achievements: being the tallest building in Kuwait as well as the tallest sculptured tower in the entire world. In designing this mammoth building, Skidmore, Ownings and Merrill LLP made a tremendous impact by designing the entire structure. Based in Chicago, Illinois, this engineering and architectural firm utilised modern styles to envision the tallest sculptured tower.
The construction on this building was carried out by Turner Constructions, one of the largest construction companies in the United States of America who also played a part in constructing the Yankee Stadium in New York as well as the World Trade Centre Clean-up subsequent to the terrorist attack in 2001. The skyscraper itself was completed in 2011 and stands tall at a stunning height of over one thousand three hundred feet and has become a permanent and defining feature of the skyline of the city when viewed from any Kuwait resort. The country is equipped with luxurious Kuwait hotels truly fit for a king. For the discerning traveller with a keen eye for detail, Al-Jahra Copthorne Hotel & Resort is the ultimate choice of accommodation in Kuwait.