This guy never fails to be in the news for uber opulent habits. Last we wrote about him for his acquisition of the flying palace. But today he is here for a more elevated reason. Prince Alwaleed Bin Talal Alsaud has moved on with his plans to build the world’s tallest building in Jeddah. Estimated at $10 billion, Alwaleed’s Kingdom Holding Co. will soon invite bids by contractors to build a mile-tall mega-skyscraper. At 1,600 meters, it will be taller than four Empire State Buildings stacked upon each other! Christened as the Burj Al-Meel or the Mile-High Tower, it will be located on the northern side of the Obhur Creek and the Red Sea.
“Structural engineering-wise, it’s not even difficult,” said Ron Klemencic, president of Magnusson Klemencic Associates, an engineering company specializing in high-rise constructions. He explained that stronger concrete and steel and advancements in designing building frames allow for the safe development of mega-skyscrapers. However, it’s going to be a task to keep upper-floor visitors comfortable! Strong winds rocking the upper levels won’t cause structural dangers, but they can make visitors sick. Mr. Alwaleed must also figure out how to transport people efficiently, a longtime problem for tall buildings. Good luck!