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Dubai’s Upcoming Ziggurat Pyramid Will House One Million People

An artist's impression of the Ziggurat Pyramid in Dubai, which, when finished, will be 1,200 meters tall and house one million people.
An artist’s impression of the Ziggurat Pyramid in Dubai, which, when finished, will be 1,200 meters tall and house one million people. Credit: Samuel Schmitt. CC BY 3.0/Wikimedia Commons/Samuel Schmitt

Dubai is set to add another mega-structure to its already-famous skyline—the Ziggurat Pyramid, which, when completed, will stand at 1,200 meters tall, cover an area of approximately 0.88 square miles (circa 2.3 square kilometers), and house one million people.

The Ziggurat Pyramid was announced in 2008 and is expected to dwarf the Great Pyramid of Giza in both size and splendor with a design inspired by the timeless aesthetics of ancient Egypt and Mayan pyramids.

Allegedly, the mega-structure will adhere to the highest sustainability standards, following in the footsteps of other supposedly carbon-neutral construction projects like Saudi Arabia’s The Line.

Behind the Ziggurat Pyramid’s design is Timelinks, a Dubai-based consortium of urban planners, scientists, and architectural designers, all of whom have worked to design a building of unprecedented scale, which allegedly blends into its surroundings and holds sustainability at its core.

What will Dubai’s Ziggurat Pyramid entail?

It is claimed that the project will be carbon neutral, and everything within the pyramid, from the lighting to the appliances, will be powered by renewable energy sources, such as solar panels and wind turbines.

The pyramid will also feature its own internal public transport system, which will travel not only horizontally but vertically around the building, aiming to eliminate the need for cars within the structure, and consequently reduce traffic congestion and pollution.

Spanning three hundred floors, the Ziggurat Pyramid will comprise of residential, commercial, and recreational spaces—from lush green parks to bustling marketplaces and comfortable areas to relax.

Managing director of Timelinks, Ridas Matonis, told Flashy Dubai, “Ziggurat Pyramid communities can be almost totally self-sufficient energy-wise, [and] apart from using steam power in the building we will also employ wind turbine technology to harness natural energy resources.

“Whole cities can be accommodated in complexes which take up less than 10 percent of the original land surface, and public and private landscaping will be used for leisure pursuits or irrigated as agricultural land,” Matonis said. The building may also include facial recognition technology as a form of security.

Saudi Arabia’s Line Project

The Ziggurat Pyramid is not the only giga-project being worked on currently. Saudi Arabia is also constructing an enormous urban center in the middle of the desert. Known as The Line project, it is designed to house nine million people and is due to be completed in 2030. The end result will be a roughly 105-mile-long (170 km) structure. It will be a mirrored skyscraper lying on its side and be around 656 feet (200 meters) wide.

Saudi Arabia claims the high-speed rail will take citizens from one end of the city to the other. There are plans to have no roads, traffic, or pollution on-site. The hope is to gather much more data about residents and services than other so-called smart cities do.

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