Kingdom Tower in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia is poised to become the world’s tallest tower, rising more than one kilometer. The tower is scheduled to be completed in 2018. It will also have the world’s fastest and highest double-decker elevators.
The tower will include 65 elevators and escalators. The double-decker elevators will be able to travel at speeds of up to 10 meters per second. They will also be the world’s highest elevators, rising to heights of 660 meters. New hoisting technology eliminates some disadvantages of the steel rope traditionally used for elevators and allows them to travel to new heights.
The elevator cars will have custom-designed interiors and landing doors. The elevator systems will include destination dispatch technology to efficiently deliver passengers to their desired floors by grouping them by destination. The elevators will also have informational screens, remote monitoring systems, and an occupant evacuation operation system for emergencies.
Kingdom Tower is the centerpiece and first construction phase in the Kingdom City development, which is located in northern Jeddah along the Red Sea. The tower will have an indoor area of 530,000 square meters. Kingdom Tower will include offices, a Four Seasons hotel and serviced apartments, residential apartments, and the world’s tallest observation spot.
Jeddah Economic Co. is the owner and developer of Kingdom Tower and Kingdom City in Jeddah. The tower is being built by Saudi Bin Laden Group. The tower was designed by architect Adrian Smith and Gordon Gill Architects. The project is being managed by E.C. Harris/Mace JV.