Iraq's southern Basra Province is planning to build a 1,152 metre skyscraper which will be taller than Dubai's Burj Khalifa, currently the tallest building in the world, and the under-construction 1km Kingdom Tower in Jeddah. The Bridge Tower proposed by AMBS Architects, will comprise of 230 storeys, be topped by an 188-metre tall antena and will comprise four conjoined towers. The name of the building is a reference to the rapidly growing city of Basra as a business hub, nicknamed the Bride of the Gulf.
AMBS has designed the first public library that was built in Iraq since the 70s and has offices in Baghdad and London. Describing the project as "the first vertical city in the world", the architects said it will not only be the tallest building but will also break new ground in engineering and vertical transportation.