Dubai’s most ambitious megaproject was a futuristic pyramid designed to house 1m people

  • Back in 2008, plans were unveiled for a mega-pyramid in Dubai called Ziggurat
  • The hope was that construction would start in 2021 and it would be completed by 2028
  • Ziggurat Pyramid would be home to one million people and be totally ‘self-sufficient’

Published on Feb 27, 2024 at 3:07 PM (UTC+4)
by Adam Gray

Last updated on Feb 29, 2024 at 1:56 PM (UTC+4)
Edited by Amelia Jean Hershman-Jones

All the talk at the minute is of Saudi Arabia’s NEOM megaproject.

But people are starting to take notice an ambitious megaproject that’s being constructed in Dubai.

Said project is a futuristic pyramid that’s been designed to house one million people.

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That’s right, a city in the United Arab Emirates is planning to create a pyramid which dwarfs the Great Pyramid of Giza.

Back in 2008, plans were unveiled for a mega-pyramid called ‘Ziggurat’.

The hope was that construction would start in 2021 and it would be completed by 2028.

It’s pretty obvious its design is inspired by the pyramids of the Egyptians and Mayans, however, this megaproject is on an even bigger scale.

Ziggurat Pyramid is set to stand taller than the Burj Khalifa and the Downtown Circle at a whopping 1,200 meters tall.

As for its width, it’s reported to measure a hefty 2.3 square kilometers across.

Just like Saudi Arabia’s ‘The Line’, the structure’s planned to be carbon-neutral, with everything powered completely by solar panels, wind and other natural sources.

Ziggurat Pyramid will also have its own public transport system, which will run not only horizontally through but up and down the building, too, reportedly getting rid of the need for cars.

Oh, and it’ll contain 300 floors, with residential, commercial and recreational spaces.

Ziggurat Pyramid was designed by Timelinks – a Dubai-based group of urban planners, scientists, and architectural designers.

“Ziggurat communities can be almost totally self-sufficient, energy-wise,” Timelinks managing director, Ridas Matonis, told Flashy Dubai.

“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.

“Public and private landscaping will be used for leisure pursuits or irrigated as agricultural land.”

According to Flashy Dubai, the megaproject may also incorporate facial recognition technology as a form of security.

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Adam Gray

Adam Gray is an experienced motoring journalist and content creator based in the United Kingdom. Using his media accreditation with manufacturers’ press offices, Adam test drives the latest cars and attends new vehicle press launches, producing written reviews and news pieces for Before joining the Supercar Blondie team, Adam was Motoring Editor for Portfolio North magazine, North East Motoring Editor at Reach plc, and provided motoring content on a freelance basis to several lifestyle and business publications in the North of England. When he’s not behind the wheel of the latest car, Adam can be found at his local rink playing ice hockey or supporting his beloved Middlesbrough FC.