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Dubai Multi Commodities Centre (DMCC) on Tuesday named Adrian Smith + Gordon Gill Architecture (AS+GG) as architect for Burj 2020, billed to be the world’s tallest commercial tower.


WATG, a top destination creation consultancy, has been appointed to deliver the master plan for the Burj 2020 District, which will add 1.3 million square metre capacity to the free zone.

"AS+GG and WATG come with a wealth of global destination and tower design expertise. Designing a world-class destination of this scale will set new levels of efficiency and urban sustainability and we are confident that our partners, in delivering the Burj 2020 District and tower, will create a new address for the global business community of the future, right here in Dubai,” Ahmed bin Sulayem, Executive Chairman, DMCC, said in a statement.

Adrian Smith, architect and founder of Chicago-based AS+GG, has designed Burj Khalifa, the world's tallest tower in Dubai, while working at SOM and Kingdom Tower that is currently under construction in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia.

Four international destination creation firms participated in Burj 2020 district master plan design competition that was launched in July 2014.  WATG projects include The Atlantis – Dubai, Paradise Island - Bahamas, Emirates Palace - Abu Dhabi, and the Grand Hyatt - Kuala Lumpur.

In 2014, DMCC chief told Emirates 24|7 that they plans to have a 360 degree observation deck on the topmost floor of the tower.