My Building's Bigger Than Yours
The new building, which has not been officially announced yet, is being developed by Nakheel, and it will be 750 metres tall. For comparison, the current world's tallest buildings are Taipei101, Taiwan (spire 508m/roof 448m); Petronas Towers, Kuala Lumpur (452m) and Sears Tower, Chicago (442m). Interestingly, the Empire State Building is still in the Top 10 at number 9. Visit this site for more info.
When we arrived in Dubai, the tallest building was the World Trade Centre, and there was an urban myth that said no-one was allowed to build anything taller than that because it would be disrespectful to the late Ruler, Sheikh Rashid. It was one of his sons, Sheikh Mohammed, who blew that myth to bits by building the Burj Al Arab and then the Emirates Towers. Now, it seems, anything goes.
And while we're on the subject of development, a new project called Business Bay was announced last week. This development will fill a large gap between Ras Al Khor (the end of Dubai Creek) and Sheikh Zayed Road. It will be built around an artificial 'creek'. The publicity suggests that this will actually be connected to the existing creek, but I think that's a bit dubious myself.