Prince to Build Mile-High Skyscraper ... Somewhere
Saudi billionaire wants potential cities to come to him
By John Johnson, Newser Staff
Posted Jun 19, 2013 7:30 PM CDT
Prince Alwaleed bin Talal has ambitious plans.   (PRNewsFoto/Kingdom Holding Company)

(Newser) – A Saudi billionaire wants to put up a mile-high skyscraper—he's just not sure where. But Prince Alwaleed bin Talal isn't about to go begging municipalities for permission. Instead, he wants the big cities of the world—New York, London, and Shanghai are among those he mentioned—to woo him instead for the record-breaking honor, reports Reuters. Talal offers no details on potential cost or time frame, but his mile-high dream would dwarf the world's current tallest skyscraper (about 2,700 feet, in Dubai; a mile is 5,280 feet).

It would be an engineering marvel—even mundane things like delivering water to the top floors would be a challenge—but Reuters quotes experts who think going a mile straight up could be done. Talal should know. His Kingdom Holding investment company is in the process of putting up the world's tallest tower in Jedda, Saudi Arabia. That will be a kilometer high, or a little more than half a mile, when it is completed in 2017, reports NBC News.

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Jun 24, 2013 1:28 PM CDT
Pffffffftttt !!! Most of the one story homes in Denver are a mile high.
Jun 24, 2013 6:50 AM CDT
Well, go ahead: BUT: AS I remember, the TOWER Of Babel tried to reach heaven too: w/out God, and we all (should) know what happened to that venture!!
Jun 22, 2013 11:14 PM CDT
The key word here is "Functional". So it is one mile high or 5,280'. What will it offer. How pyramidic will the foot be. Naturally the prince wants to be courted by a very large city. He is looking for tenants who will pay his expensive rents. Will it be a polyhedron with a polygonal base and a triangular faces meeting in a common vortex. He might want to try Cairo. The civility of his people will dare not run into it with passenger jets. 1492