Friday, June 01, 2007

Burj Dubai Completes 130 floors

The Burj Dubai, expected to be the tallest tower in the world, yesterday completed its 130th floor.

The high tower, located in the Dh.73billion Downtown Dubai Complex, off Sheikh Zayed Road, is currently 468 meters tall, which is about 16 meters higher than the Petronas Towers in Kuala Lumpur at Malaysia and just 40.9 meters shorter than the Taipei 101 Tower, which is currently the tallest building in the world, and stands are 509 meters.

On completion of construction of Burj Dubai during 2008, Burj Dubai will be the tallest building in the world, and will be recognized by the Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat (CTBUH), which ranks the tallest buildings in the world.

The Executive Director of CTBUH, Antony Wood, mentioned that he keeps getting proposals about the next tallest building in the world, though most of these remain in the conception stage.

He added that "We are basing our congress in Dubai next year and one key factor is the Burj Dubai will be more-or-less structurally topped out by then."

However, wood mentioned that for the Burj Dubai to gain recognition as the tallest tower in the world, it should be topped out structurally, should be able to reach its structural height, all cladding should be one and more than anything, it will have to be inhabited.

The 130 floors were completed in 1226 days ever since the excavation work began during January 2004. Ten cranes and the quickest high-capacity construction hoists in the world, that has a speed of 2m/sec are required to move men and materials.

The chairman of Emaar Properties ( the company behind the tower), Mohammed Ali Alabbar, said that Burj Dubai is almost reaching the top, and the construction work has gained a new shape in the field of engineering technology, as it is equivalent to none.

From now, every new level at Burj Dubai will be the terminating steps in building marvel that reiterates global capabilities. Burj Dubai is expected to remain a mixed use tower with residences, hotel, offices and retail spaces.

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