Tuesday, July 24, 2007

Burj Dubai stands highest in the world

Burj Dubai stands high as the tallest tower in the world at 512.1 meters, announced Emaar Properties on Saturday, the 21st July.

The Skyscraper with 141 storeys, has overtaken the Taiwan's 509m Taipei 101. The Burj also overtook the next highest, the Petronas Towers of Malaysia standing at 452m.

The tower forms a part of the Dh.73billion Downtown Dubai Complex, located off Sheikh Zayed Road, which is due to be completed during the year 2009.

However, Burj Dubai, will not be officially recognized as the tallest tower, until it is occupied. This condition is imposed by the Council for Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat, the organization that ranks the highest structures in the world.

On its completion during 2008, Burj Dubai, will also be the tallest tower in the world on the basis of all four criteria, listed by the Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat.

The council measures the height until the top of the structure, the height upto the highest occupied floor, the height until the roof, and till the tip of the antenna, flag pole or the mast.

Burj Dubai took just 1276 days to be known as the tallest building in the world.

During the process of construction, Burj Dubai overtook the skyscrapers that were previously known as the tallest architecture around the world, such as the Empire State Building in New York with 381 m, the Jin Mao Building at Shanghai with 421m, the Sears Tower of Chicago (442 meters), and the Petronas Towers of Malaysia (452 meters).

The Chairman of Emaar Properties Mohamed Ali Alabbar, said "Four years ago, Burj Dubai was conceived as a ninety storey structure. But, with the inspiration from the UAE Vice President and Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai, High Highness Shaikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, to construct a global icon, we went ahead with further works on Burj Dubai."

He said "Burj Dubai is not only an architectural and engineering masterpiece in concrete, steel and glass. It is a human achievement that cannot be equaled. Burj Dubai will surely inspire the future generations to think and look beyond the ordinary and to challenge their mind and spirit."

The Council plans to hold its eighth world congress in Dubai next year, and will use Burj Dubai as a case study to point out to what extent the modern-day structures are pushing boundaries.

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