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Saudi Arabia unveils giant cube skyscraper the size of 20 Empire State buildings

by Sion Geschwindt
The Saudi Arabian government has unveiled plans for a 400-metre-tall cube-shaped skyscraper named Mukaab in the capital of Riyadh.

The Saudi Arabian government has unveiled plans for a 400-metre-tall cube-shaped skyscraper named Mukaab in the capital of Riyadh.

The massive structure is slated to be “the largest inner city building in the world”, and “20 times the volume of the Empire State Building”, according to a promotional video released last week.

The Mukaab will form the centerpiece of a new downtown centre for the city called New Murabba, which is expected to add 104,000 residential units, 9,000 hotel rooms, 980,000 square meters of retail space.

1.4 million square meters of office space, an 80-venue entertainment and cultural program, another 1.8 million square meters of community facility space as well as a technology and design-focused university will also be created.

Inside, 2 million square meters of floor space for various mixed-use programs will be stacked in a biomimetic tower centered under an enclosed dome that comes with its own internal transportation network that, if one is to believe the promotional video, may even include Halo-style troop transport ships and some type of large winged dragon creature. 

The New Murabba Development Company (NMDC), a recently-launched company formed by Saudi Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman, is overseeing the project, which is to be located just 20 minutes from Riyadh’s airport. 

Construction on the project is expected to be completed in the year 2030, according to the company.

It is one of several mega projects currently being developed in Saudi Arabia funded by its Public Investment Fund as part of the Saudi Vision 2030 plan to diversify the country’s economy. The best-known being Neom, and controversial megacity The Line.


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