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What's Going On With The Burj 2020 Tower In JLT And Will It Ever Be Finished?

It is one of Dubai's most anticipated towers, but it's probably going to have to be renamed.

Dubai's Burj 2020 is unlikely to be completed by 2020, by the looks of recent photos.

It's supposed to be part of a seven-structure establishment, to house additional commercial properties.

 It would consist of two super-tall towers, as well as a huge host of F&B outlets, retail space and, 'residential, cultural and educational components' according to DMCC's website.

If completed it will seriously expand JLT, which is home to about 13,000 of Dubai's freezone businesses. 

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Burj 2020 was announced in 2013, by DMCC

Master developer - Dubai Multi Commodities Centre (DMCC) revealed the particulars of the tower in 2015 at Cityscape Global.

 The regular fanfare came with it - a tower to surpass all other towers in JLT, though the height is to this day, unconfirmed.

It's to be located off Al Worood Street, behind JLT's Cluster N - in front of The Meadows.

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In 2015, Adrian Smith + Gordon Gill Architecture (AS + GG) was announced as designer of the structure

AS + GG was appointed designers of the Expo 2020 site and also consulted on the Burj Khalifa. 

A visit to the company's site reveals no information about Burj 2020 - though does feature completed projects and some proposed ones. 

DMCC released a statement to Lovin Dubai on the matter

That the project is underway with the planning stages underway. It sounds like a pretty impressive project...

“Significant steps were taken in 2016 to finalise Burj2020 District master development plans, which will see DMCC bring a new breath-taking premium destination to Dubai, tailor-made for the global business community. The Burj2020 District, will offer world-class commercial, residential and retail spaces, including premium hotels, restaurants, recreational areas, and two iconic super-tall towers designed by leading architects Adrian Gill & Gordon Smith.”

Developer of Burj 2020, DMCC

But ground has barely been broken on the site

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That's not to say it can't be done...

BUT a quick google shows some time-frames of constructing skyscrapers - particularly tall ones 

  • Almas Tower 360m: 4 years
  • Burj Khalifa 828m: 5 years
  • Princess Tower 413m: 6 years

One JLT is the newest building to open in the DMCC freezone, with 14 floors. 

It was announced in 2013, and opened at the end of 2015 - less than two years of construction. 

But given we are just two-and-a-half years away from 2020...

If the Burj 2020 plans to surpass 700m (the Burj Khalifa is 828m tall) it really should be underway by now?

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Caitlyn Davey

Caitlyn is an Aussie journalist looking to change the world. In her spare time she loves playing sport, travelling and basically doing anything that means she doesn't have to sit still.