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Height: Occupied
279.3 m / 916 ft
Height: To Tip
360 m / 1,181 ft
Height: Architectural
360 m / 1,181 ft
Almas Tower Outline
Floors Above Ground
Floors Below Ground
# of Elevators
Top Elevator Speed
7 m/s
Tower GFA
160,000 m² / 1,722,226 ft²
# of Parking Spaces


Official Name Almas Tower
Structure Type Building
Status Completed
Country United Arab Emirates
City Dubai
Street Address & Map Jumeirah Lake Towers Complex
Building Function office
Structural Material concrete
Construction Start 2005
Completion 2008
Rankings Click arrows to view the next taller/shorter buildings
Global Ranking #40 Tallest in the World
Regional Ranking #10 Tallest in Middle East
National Ranking #8 Tallest in United Arab Emirates
City Ranking #7 Tallest in Dubai

Companies Involved

Owner/Developer The Dubai Multi Commodities Centre
Design Atkins
Structural Engineer
Design Atkins
MEP Engineer
Design Atkins
Project Manager Nakheel
Main Contractor Arabian Construction Company; Taisei Corporation
Other Consultant
• Damping GERB Vibration Control Systems, Inc
• Wind RWDI
Material Supplier
• Elevator KONE
• Sealants Dow Corning Corporation
• Steel Eversendai Engineering Qatar

About Almas Tower

Almas Tower is the centerpiece of the Jumeirah Lake Towers Free Zone, a multi-tower office high-rise development. Designed to house the Dubai Diamond Exchange, Almas Tower, or “Diamond Tower” in Arabic, takes inspiration from the unique shape of diamonds. The two-story podium that houses the diamond exchange is one of the building’s most architecturally striking features, with eight triangles inspired by the facets of a cut diamond jutting out from the core.

Along with its podium, the tower is significant for its use of two separate but overlapping conformations attached to a single core. In plan, this unique design appears as two diagonally offset ellipses that converge along their east-west faces. Because the southern component is 12 stories taller than the northern component, the tower has a built-in vertical asymmetry that informs its design. An 81-meter spire attached to the southern mass further distinguishes it from its northern counterpart and marks it as the main structural element of the building. The northern mass appears rounded with a roof slanted to the east, while the southern mass – though still rounded – appears straighter and slimmer with a roof slanted to the west.

Along with visual differences, both conformations have design aspects that address various environmental needs. The northern face is designed to maximize cooler northern sunlight via semi-transparent glass, while the southern face protects against heat gain with a high-performance finish.

The building’s design incorporates high-degrees of flexibility in order to accommodate the needs of the client, including office floors with no less than 80 percent usable space and column-free offices. Ultimately, Almas Tower’s efficient design and expressive configuration make it a unique edition to Dubai’s crowded skyline.

CTBUH Initiatives

CTBUH Study Examines Tallest Buildings with Dampers
22 Aug 2018 – CTBUH Research

Top Company Rankings: The World’s 100 Tallest Buildings
13 Oct 2016 – CTBUH Research

CTBUH Releases Tallest Buildings Completed in 2008
Dec 2008 – CTBUH Journal Paper

Research Papers

World’s Tallest Buildings with Dampers
Jul 2018 – CTBUH Journal, 2018 Issue III

The Middle East: 20 Years of Building Skyscrapers
Nov 2013 – CTBUH Journal, 2013 Issue IV

Tallest Buildings Completed in 2008
Dec 2008 – CTBUH Journal, 2009 Issue I

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