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Mile high Kingdom Tower planned for Saudi Arabia will be world's tallest building.

The Saudi Royal family has unveiled plans to construct the world's tallest building, Kingdom Tower in Saudi Arabia, said to be one mile high.

This astonishing skyscraper is set to become the world’s tallest building – and it really will stick out a mile.

Plans were unveiled yesterday for Kingdom Tower in Saudi Arabia which will be exactly one mile high.

It will have 275 floors and be twice the height of Burj Khalifa in Dubai, which is currently the world’s tallest building.

Kingdom Tower is expected to cost £12billion to construct and it will take 12 minutes to reach the top in a lift.

Members of the Saudi royal family unveiled the proposals showing that the megastructure will include hotels, offices apartments and a shopping centre.

The tower will have 12 million cubic square feet of interior space – 12 times more than Canary Wharf in East London. And it will be five times higher than the Shard of Glass in South London which will be Britain’s tallest building when completed next year.

Kingdom Tower will be financed by the Saudi royal family-owned Kingdom Holding Company which is chaired by Prince Alwaleed Bin Talal and is the nation’s largest company.

The project has been criticised by Rory Olcayto, deputy editor of The Architects’ Journal, who said: “The race to build the highest skyscraper is quite futile – where do you stop?

“These buildings are a symbol of an old-fashioned way of thinking.”

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