Gallery: ANARA TOWER: Dubai’s Titanic Turbine-Shaped Superstructure


It seems that hardly a week passes before Dubai’s prospective skyline is updated with plans for yet another soaring skyscraper or incredible development. The latest world-class superstructure to grace the modern megopolis is Anara Tower, an ambitious project crowned with an eye-catching propeller-shaped peak. Designed by Atkins Designs Studio and Developed by Tameer Holding Investment, the 2,150 foot tall skyscraper will be aiming for LEED silver certification when construction begins next year.

Shaped like super-massive wind turbine, Anara Tower is a mixed-use high-rise that will features residences, offices, retail spaces, a hotel, and a world-class art gallery. The 125 story structure will incorporate sky gardens every 27 floors and will boast a luxury restaurant situated within the glossy glass capsule in the center of the tower’s peak. Atkins Design Studio is aiming to maximize the skyscraper’s efficiency by incorporating water and energy efficiency strategies and potentially installing renewable sources of energy.

The Anara Tower website states: “Inspired by the vertical shape and representation of the Minaret, the antecedent of lighthouses and skyscrapers of today, the central aim behind the creation of Anara Tower is to produce a form that would be instantly recognizable on the local, regional, and architectural stage”

Construction is currently slated to begin at the end of 2009.

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  1. afzal khan February 24, 2012 at 12:28 am

    I was a team member of the construction supervision consultant the GIANT W.S ATKINS DUBAI for this amazing project but unfortunately due to recession the project is still postponed.and i really wish to rejoin this project as its construction commence.Hope the activities would start for this ionic structure. I really wish the construction start soon and it will be a very interesting to put my HELMET on my head again , have reflecting vest and wear my SAFETY SHOES Again…

  2. revial doon January 7, 2011 at 7:11 am

    amazing structure

  3. halwal February 4, 2010 at 12:40 pm

    This is great. I wish i can see d structure

  4. trumpetmonkey November 8, 2008 at 8:28 am

    That was a strange claim made by the designers, quoted from the towers website, about being inspired by the Minaret, ‘the antecedent of lighthouses and skyscrapers of today’. There were lighthouses and towers in existence long before the emergence of Islam in the 6th Century! And even so, it’s a pretty weak and unnecessary attempt at giving a hi tech tower some sort of cultural comntext.

    In terms of the green credentials, I think the most energy would be saved by not building it.

  5. Mixme November 5, 2008 at 11:46 am

    Fanciful follies of oil-crazed emirs come at the expense of oil consumers world-wide. We pay at the pumps and they play in the sand! I would feel better if emirs and corrupt arabian governments were using our money for the betterment of mankind, finding better ways to do surgery, looking at greening their deserts, building better world governments, improving science and technology for us all. They choose fanciful adolescent gold plated cars, useless ostentatious buildings and ridiculous \\\’ski in the deserts\\\’ amusement parks over good and useful developments for all mankind. As the oil dries up, and their fortunes shrink with the devalued dollar, and we approach oil independence, they surely will suffer! There are better,more incited, long term investments that this corrupt royalty seem to be oblivious of. I hope they see the \\\”light\\\” before the oil runs out! Obama is in! The new energy plans WILL be put in motion! George Bush is OUT and Oil causes cancers we don’t need in the new Solar power world! any more than we need \\\”Towers of Babel\\\” in the deserts of Arabia!

  6. ahmednewenergy November 3, 2008 at 4:09 pm

    YOU”RE JOKING! You mean the turbine at the spire is ornamental. Can’t be! really???

    Actually I was reading in that investors in the Middle East are starting to put substantial money into greentech.

    Also you can always go to daily cleantech/greentech new sites like

    to learn where the best investments and innovations are merging.

  7. WBrooke November 3, 2008 at 12:16 pm

    A glass tower in the desert must consume an incredible amount of cooling power.

    If that was a power-producing turbine, it would be a much more interesting design.

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