Saturday, September 09, 2006

Burj Dubai worlds tallest tower scales 70 storeys




Burj Dubai, the iconic super tower at the epicentre of its Downtown Burj Dubai, scaled 70 levels on Sept 5, 2006. Anchoring the 500-acre Dh73 billion ($20 billion) mixed-use development, the super tower is billed to be the world’s tallest when completed on schedule in 2008.

The Dh3.673 billion ($1 billion) Burj Dubai blends retail, commercial and residential spaces. The tower is adding a new level every three days. Designed by Chicago-based Skidmore, Owings & Merrill (SOM), Burj Dubai is being constructed by South Korea’s high-rise construction experts Samsung Corporation, and Turner Construction International is the project and construction manager.

“Burj Dubai is poised to become a global icon and engineering marvel, as it sets a new benchmark for architectural design,”said Emaar Properties Chairman Mr Mohamed Ali Alabbar. Emaar Properties, the Dubai-based Public Joint Stock Company and one of the world’s largest real estate companies, is listed on the Dubai Financial Market and is part of the Dow Jones Arabia Titans Index.

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