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Height: Occupied
238 m / 781 ft
Height: To Tip
300 m / 984 ft
Height: Architectural
300 m / 984 ft
Aspire Tower Outline
Height: Observatory
238 m / 781 ft
Floors Above Ground
# of Elevators
Top Elevator Speed
6 m/s
Tower GFA
35,000 m² / 376,737 ft²
# of Hotel Rooms


Official Name Aspire Tower
Other Names Al Aziziyah, Sports City Tower
Structure Type Building
Status Completed
Country Qatar
City Doha
Street Address & Map Al Aziziyah
Building Function hotel / office
Structural Material composite
  • Core: Reinforced Concrete
  • Columns: Steel
  • Floor Spanning: Steel
Proposed 2005
Construction Start 2005
Completion 2007
Rankings Click arrows to view the next taller/shorter buildings
Global Ranking #136 Tallest in the World
Regional Ranking #32 Tallest in Middle East
National Ranking #1 Tallest in Qatar
City Ranking #1 Tallest in Doha

Companies Involved

Owner Aspire Zone Foundation
Design Hadi Simaan
Structural Engineer
Design Arup
Peer Review BuroHappold Engineering
MEP Engineer
Design Arup
Peer Review BuroHappold Engineering
Project Manager Sport City Project
Main Contractor Midmac
Other Consultant
• Civil BuroHappold Engineering
• Damping GERB Vibration Control Systems, Inc
Façade BuroHappold Engineering
• Geotechnical BuroHappold Engineering
• Vertical Transportation Arup
• Wind BMT Fluid Mechanics Ltd.; BuroHappold Engineering
Material Supplier
• Elevator KONE
• Paint/Coating Jotun
• Steel ArcelorMittal

About Aspire Tower

The Aspire Tower was built to house the Symbolic Flame of the 2006 Asian Games. The design symbolizes a hand grasping the torch that sits at the tower’s top. The tower houses a five-star hotel, a sports museum, a health club with a cantilevered swimming pool, a revolving restaurant, and an observation deck.

The structural design features a concrete core enveloped in a steel mesh. The cone and lattice shell that house the torch rest atop this structure. The core supports the clusters of floors, which are all cantilevered up to 11.3 meters (37 feet) out from the core. The primary support beams extend radially from the core to steel columns on the outer edge of the structure.

The building features a swimming pool 80 meters (260 feet) above ground that is cantilevered from the core, and extends out 12 meters (39 feet) from the façade. Elliptical in plan, the pool is supported on a substantial steel truss structure some 4 meters (13 feet) deep. The plan geometry of the truss is straight from the core to the column locations, and then elliptical with approximately the same shape as the pool. The truss is connected to the core and supported on two columns that continue down through the levels below, which are supported on vertical trusses.

The façade consists of an energy-efficient glass skin, and helps efficiently maintain comfortable temperature levels in the desert climate.

CTBUH Initiatives

Regional Meeting Focuses on Aspire Tower
23 Apr 2014 – Event Report

CTBUH Releases Analysis of Global Population and Tall Buildings
Apr 2011 – CTBUH Journal Paper

Doha Tower Tech
12-15 Oct 2009 – Event Report

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CTBUH Initiatives Related to Aspire Tower

Regional Meeting Focuses on Aspire Tower
23 Apr 2014, Doha – Event Report
A regional meeting of the Qatar Chapter was held at the Torch Hotel, located inside the Aspire Tower, and sponsored by Six Construct.
CTBUH Releases Analysis of Global Population and Tall Buildings
Apr 2011 – CTBUH Journal Paper
Tall buildings are spreading across the globe at an ever-increasing rate. This study demonstrates the relationship between population and tall buildings across those countries and presents information…
Doha Tower Tech
12-15 Oct 2009, Doha – Event Report
CTBUH Research & Communications Manager Jan Klerks and Trustee William Maibusch represented the CTBUH as the guests of honor during the TowerTech fair in Doha.
Regional Tours, CTBUH 8th World Congress
2-6 Mar 2008, Dubai – Tour Report
Though much of the Congress was focused on Dubai, there was the opportunity for delegates to witness the incredible achievements of some of the other cities in the Middle East.
CTBUH Releases Tallest Buildings Completed in 2006
Dec 2006 – CTBUH Journal Paper
Nina Tower 1 in Hong Kong, at 319 meters high, leads the list of the ten tallest buildings completed in 2006. The Sports City Tower/Aspire Tower (Doha, United Arab Emirates) at 300 meters, and Eureka…

Research Papers

Tall and Urban: An Analysis of Global Population and Tall Buildings
Apr 2011 – CTBUH Journal, 2011 Issue II

Tallest Buildings Completed in 2006
Dec 2006 – CTBUH Research

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