The Armani hotel in Dubai and the Ritz-Carlton in Hong Kong's claims to be the highest in the world may be soon be overtaken by a Four Seasons hotel.
It has been announced that the new Kingdom Tower, which is to be built in Kingdom City, a new development in north Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, will accommodate a Four Seasons hotel.
At over 1,000m tall, the tower will be at least 173m higher than the world's current tallest building, Dubai's 828m Bur Khalifa, home to the Armani hotel. The Ritz-Carlton currently claims to be the world's tallest hotel as it is located at the top (floors 102-118) of the International Commerce Centre in Hong Kong.
As well as the hotel, the Kingdom Tower will also feature Four Seasons serviced apartments, office space, luxury condominiums and the world's highest observatory.
Costing $1.2b to construct, the sleek, steamlined tower is being designed by Adrian Smith & Gordon Gill Architecture. The Kingdom Tower is due to open in 2016.
By Janet Harmer
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