Burj Rafal

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Height: Occupied
236.1 m / 774 ft
Height: To Tip
307.9 m / 1,010 ft
Height: Architectural
307.9 m / 1,010 ft
Burj Rafal Outline
Floors Above Ground
Floors Below Ground
# of Elevators
Top Elevator Speed
6 m/s
Tower GFA
92,626 m² / 997,018 ft²
Development GFA
156,970 m² / 1,689,611 ft²
# of Apartments
# of Hotel Rooms
# of Parking Spaces


Official Name Burj Rafal
Other Names Rafal Tower
Structure Type Building
Status Completed
Country Saudi Arabia
City Riyadh
Street Address & Map King Fahad Road
Postal Code 13315
Building Function residential / hotel
Structural Material concrete
Proposed 2009
Construction Start 2010
Completion 2014
Rankings Click arrows to view the next taller/shorter buildings
Global Ranking #146 Tallest in the World
Regional Ranking #28 Tallest in Middle East
National Ranking #2 Tallest in Saudi Arabia
City Ranking #1 Tallest in Riyadh

Companies Involved

Owner/Developer RAFAL Real Estate Development
Design P & T Group
Structural Engineer
Design P & T Group
MEP Engineer
Design P & T Group
Project Manager International Project Management
Main Contractor Dubai Saudi Arabia Contracting Company
Other Consultant
• Acoustics PMK International LLC
• Cost Rider Levett Bucknall
Façade Meinhardt
• Food Service Tricon Foodservice Consultants
• Interiors WA International
• Life Safety International Fire Consultants Ltd.
• Lighting DRA Lighting
• Traffic Ramboll Group
• Way Finding The Design Company LLC
• Wind Windtech Consultants Pty Ltd
Material Supplier
• Formwork Doka GmbH
• Steel ArcelorMittal

About Burj Rafal

Located on busy King Fahad Road, just north of the burgeoning King Abdullah Financial District‏, Burj Rafal was constructed during a boom of high-rise construction which forever changed the fabric of a city which traditionally did not have tall buildings. The building boom in the process created a new market for high-rise residential living for which no such accommodations had existed before in the city of Riyadh. The Burj Rafal was the first residential condominium tower to be built in the region’s then unproven market.

The tower was designed to differentiate itself from other living options in a number of ways beyond the supertall height. At the base, the tower is set within a 20,000 square meter property which features gardens and an offset podium topped with an amenity deck. The tower’s residences share luxury services with a Kempinski Hotel located in the lower floors and were designed to accommodate the needs of Saudi Arabia’s typically large family sizes and strong cultural desire for privacy. As such, there is a higher than usual concentration of large units designed as duplexes, in which bedroom areas are vertically stacked above living spaces and separate entrances can be utilized for the family areas of the home versus those for guests and entertaining.

The design proved to be successful with 70 percent of the condominium units sold by the time the Burj Rafal’s construction had topped out. While other high-rise buildings with residential uses are now being constructed in Riyadh, Burj Rafal remains unique in not only with height, but also with its highly visible location as a standalone tower on the city’s main north-south thoroughfare.

CTBUH Initiatives

CTBUH Releases Year in Review: Tall Trends of 2014
Dec 2014 – CTBUH Journal Paper

CTBUH Releases Year in Review: Tall Trends of 2014
Dec 2014 – CTBUH Journal Paper

Research Papers

Year in Review: Tall Trends of 2014
Dec 2014 – CTBUH Journal, 2015 Issue I

Year in Review: Tall Trends of 2014
Dec 2014 – CTBUH Journal, 2015 Issue I

Fast-growing Saudi Arabia Embraces Tall Buildings
Apr 2013 – CTBUH Journal, 2013 Issue I

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