After a 5-year hiatus, construction of Jeddah Tower, the world's tallest skyscraper, could resume

The tallest building on the planet, located on the waterfront of the Saudi metropolis, could resume thanks to a new contractor.

Following a five-year pause, the Jeddah Tower in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, is beginning to grow once again. Among the various issues that affected the completion of the supertall skyscraper was the 2017 corruption-related arrest of Bakr bin Laden, chairman and larger shareholder of the Saudi Binladin Group, which was meant to fund the project. At that time, after four years of work, the Jeddah Tower had reached a height of 50 stories.

The Middle East Economic Digest (MEED) reports that the Jeddah Economic Company is seeking a new contractor capable of completing the building, which is projected to reach a height of over 3,280 feet and is currently only one-third complete.

The Jeddah Tower was designed by Adrian Smith and Gill Gordon Architecture.

Cover image is courtesy of Jeddah Economic Company.

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