MANAMA: Bahrain could become home of the world's tallest skyscraper if a project by Danish company Henning Larsens Tegnestue A/S gets the go-ahead. Company project director Louis Becker, who was in Riyadh yesterday, is planning to have a meeting about the proposed project with a building contractor in Bahrain later this week. The company's design for a skyscraper measures 1,022 metres - double the Taiwan Taipei 101, which is currently the world's tallest building at 506 metres.
It was chosen by the Bahrain contractor because of the company's previous experiences of building in Saudi Arabia, according to a report in the Copenhagen Post.
The company designed both the Foreign Affairs Ministry in 1984 and the Royal Danish Embassy in 1987, in Riyadh.
The project is awaiting approval from His Majesty King Hamad and is expected to be formally announced on May 7, said the report. Mr Becker has reportedly been working on plans for the project for a year.
The project, which would take about seven-and-a-half years to build, would comprise five towers - modelled after the five pillars of Islam. The tallest would reach 1,022m, have 200 storeys and house 30,000 people.
The second tallest would measure 600m.