Saudi Arabia has unveiled plans for a 400-meter tall cube-shaped skyscraper in Riyadh large enough to hold 20 Empire State Buildings. The Mukaab will rise as the centerpiece of a new 19-square-kilometer district called Murabba that’s set to comprise over 25 million square meters of floor area and create 104,000 homes. If successfully constructed, The Mukaab would become one of the largest structures ever built — its 400-meter height would be matched by a 400-meter length on all four sides. Designed as a “premium hospitality destination”, the vast cube structure is set to enclose 2 million meters of floor space, including a central atrium space framed around a spiraled tower.
The Mukaab aims to become the largest built structure in the world, measuring 400 meters in height, width, and length
The $800 billion project aims to double the size and population of the capital. Upon completion, it aims to transform downtown Riyadh into one of the world’s largest modern downtown and the top ten most liveable cities. New Murabba Development Company (NMDC) is located at the intersection of King Salman Road and King Khalid Road, which is northwest of Riyadh. Set over 19 square kilometers, it plans to encompass 104,000 homes and 9,000 hotel rooms. Plus, there will be 980,000 square meters of retail space and 1.4 million square meters of office space.
The main feature of the interior of the Mukaab will be a spiraling tower encased in a technological structure to create an immersive experience. The building will also feature a multitude of retail, cultural, and tourist attractions, along with residential and hotel units, commercial spaces, and recreational facilities. The project is set to be completed by 2030, according to the official statement of the Saudi Arabian government.