World's tallest building to boast world's fastest elevator

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The world's tallest building is also set to feature the world's fastest double-decker elevator.

The Kingdom Tower in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, will boast a lift capable of ascending and descending the enormous building at 32ft a second.

According to the Daily Mail, that means visitors will be able to travel 2,165ft (660 metres) in one go, allowing them to quickly climb the building measuring 3,281ft (1km) tall.

Lift company Kone will be responsible for the installation, and promise that tourists won't feel queasy along the way.

A spokesman said: "Based on user research we know that 10 m/s is still at a comfortable level to travel,' so users should not feel ill."

The Kingdom Tower in Saudi Arabia to boast world's fastest elevator
The Kingdom Tower in Saudi Arabia to boast world's fastest elevator

The elevators will be built using high-tech carbon fibre cables and "UltraRope" technology that will one day enable them to travel up to 3,281ft (1,000m) in one go.

Kingdom Tower is a skyscraper currently under construction in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia.

It will be the centrepiece and first phase of proposed development known as Kingdom City that will be located along the Red Sea on the north side of Jeddah.

If completed as planned, the tower will reach unprecedented heights, becoming the tallest building in the world, as well as the first structure to reach the one-kilometre-high mark.

The design, created by American architect Adrian Smith, who also designed Burj Khalifa, incorporates many unique structural and aesthetic features.

The creator and leader of the project is Saudi Arabian Prince Al-Waleed bin Talal, the wealthiest Arab in the Middle East, and nephew of King Abdullah. Al-Waleed is the chairman of Kingdom Holding Company (KHC), the largest company in Saudi Arabia,which is a partner in Jeddah Economic Company (JEC), formed in 2009 for the development of Kingdom Tower and City.

Reception of the proposal has been highly polarised, receiving high praise from some as a culturally significant icon that will symbolise the nation's wealth and power, while others question its socioeconomic motives, and forecast that it will have negative financial consequences.

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