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Old May 19th, 2007, 04:57 PM   #3861
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Burj Dubai to be enveloped with curtain wall glass panel

19-May-2007



L-R: Essa Al Ghurair, Director, Al Ghurair Investment and Ahmad Al Matrooshi, Managing Director, UAE, Emaar Properties pictured with other executives at the installation ceremony of the curtain wall glass panels on Level 19 of the Burj Dubai

Burj Dubai, set to become the world’s tallest tower and developed by Emmar Properties, world’s largest real estate developer with headquarters in Dubai, is taking its final shimmering form as installation of curtain wall glass panels commenced on Level 19 of the super-structure. The first batch of cladding comprises 25 panels specially fabricated using advanced engineering techniques and air-freighted to Dubai. Made of high-performance materials, the curtain wall will enhance the building’s distinctive appearance and seal the interior from the external heat, wind, moisture, and noise.

Greg Sang, Assistant Director, Projects, Emaar Properties, said, “The structure of Burj Dubai is progressing on schedule and, now, with the start of the curtain wall installation, the finishing works will proceed at full speed. With the tower’s façade being put in place the elegant shape and form as envisaged in the architectural design will become reality. The contractors have put in place an accelerated programme to fabricate and install the panels, which will enable the on-schedule completion of the tower”.

Burj Dubai, located at the heart of Downtown Burj Dubai, is Dh73 billion mixed-use real estate project featuring residential apartments, commercial space, hospitality projects and several retail outlets including The Dubai Mall, one of the world’s largest shopping and entertainment destinations. The tower is presently 125-storeys tall and is one of the five tallest structures in the world.

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Old May 20th, 2007, 01:32 PM   #3862
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Creating the tallest man-made structure in history is not only a commercially driven decision – it sends a message to the world that you mean business when it comes to thinking big. But ever since it was announced that the Burj Dubai would break a string of height-related construction records, the precise details have been shrouded in mystery. Matt Slater attempts to separate fact from fiction when it comes to why the Burj Dubai was built, whether it will be completed on time, if it will stand the test of time and just how high it will be.

When it comes to putting a figure on the eventual height of the Burj Dubai, those claiming to have insider knowledge will, with great authority, state the building will eventually rise to the jaw-dropping height of 808 metres. It is a number that has been in hundreds of reports in the past 12 months, but the truth is that hardly anyone knows the exact figure. And if you try asking staff at the Burj Dubai sales centre or anyone working on the site, their answer will almost always be the same: ‘We just don’t know’.

But one man who does know is Greg Sang – project manager of Burj Dubai – and when Time Out spoke to him in the shadow of the already 448.1 metre-high business and residential tower he was willing to give us the latest – and was quick to play down the hype.

Right, come on then, how big is it going to be? 808metres I believe?

I don’t know where that figure came from. This is what I can tell you – it is going to be higher than 700 metres.

Definitely not above 800 metres then? So, how about 707 metres, or maybe 777m?

It is going to be taller than 700m. The decision has not been taken on when we will reveal the exact height. I have told you that much and that is all I can say.

According to a lot of reports it is only going to be the tallest in the world for a few weeks. Will you have to keep adding bits on the top to keep up with the opposition?

You hear that buildings are being built in places like Kuwait, Bahrain and elsewhere that are going to be the tallest, but has work started on any of them yet? You can look at the Burj Dubai and see it is getting taller all the time. When we are finished, Burj Dubai will hold several official records such as the tallest freestanding structure in the world – you can count on that.

What is the point in building the Burj Dubai? Is it an ego thing?

There are several reasons, and, of course, one objective is to create the tallest building on the planet. But the company has shareholders and so it has to be profitable. It is a mainly residential building and so it will be a spectacular place to live. It has not just been built to create records – that is one thing a lot of people get wrong. Also we see it as the focal point of the whole Downtown Dubai area, which will have hotels, offices, a shopping mall and other residential areas.

In the past couple of years Dubai has been hit by some fairly sizeable aftershocks from Iranian earthquakes, and the UAE authorities have set up a centre dedicated to monitoring tremors. Is there a chance the Burj Dubai will come crashing down?

This is something that does need clearing up. It is actually the case that smaller buildings are more at risk if an earthquake happens. It is all to do with what we call the frequency. If you imagine a block on top of rows of marble, the taller the block is the more rigid it is. The Burj Dubai is very, very safe.

How about other factors? When you are building at such a height then the weather must be an issue?

We would never just carry on working regardless. If the winds become too strong, then we shut down. In that case we will just have to work harder to meet deadlines. When people speculate about problems we have had or difficulties in the future, then they usually miss the things that are true. For example, there is only one way on and one way out to transport material up the tower and that does create a problem. This project is a big challenge – but in the end we will prove all of the doubters wrong. This year we had to contend with a delay in getting work on the cladding of the Burj Dubai started but we are getting back on track and it will not delay us from the completion date we have now set.

A lot of people have bought homes in the Burj Dubai, and in the past the completion date has been changed? Do you have a final date now and will they be ready on time? Also, when will you officially beat the current height record?

In terms of taking the record then we are saying it will be September this year, and I am sure there will be some sort of event to recognise that achievement. The date for finishing the building is the end of 2008. There are people saying that will not happen, but we will do it.

Will people be moving in at the end of 2008? I am 100 per cent confident that they will.


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When it comes to topping the records that will be set by Burj Dubai there are three contenders lining up – and all are in the Middle East. Both Bahrain and Kuwait say they will be taking a shot at building a taller structure than the Burj Dubai, but as of yet work has not started – although rumour has it that ground will be broken in Kuwait with an aim to go past the 1000m mark.

However, the main challenger looks likely to rise up just a few miles from the Burj Dubai site. Nakheel confirmed to Time Out that it is going to build a super structure somewhere in the city that will be ‘very tall’, but refused to comment on what exactly that means. ‘At this stage, we can say that the project will go ahead, although the location has yet to be confirmed,’ says a spokesman for the company. ‘Anything to do with height cannot be discussed at this stage, although we will be making an announcement when the site is decided.’

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Old May 20th, 2007, 01:57 PM   #3863
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Cool! How long do u think the BD will hold the record?
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Old May 20th, 2007, 02:05 PM   #3864
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Old May 20th, 2007, 02:54 PM   #3865
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WOW. excellent photos.
oh and end of 2008!! just a year and a half away...
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Old May 20th, 2007, 03:18 PM   #3866
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well tom.. you've outdone yourself this time
pics are that goood
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Old May 20th, 2007, 04:13 PM   #3867
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Amazing!!! Tom, you need a trophy for your photos!
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Old May 20th, 2007, 06:38 PM   #3868
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can some1 tell me if its true the reason why they plant soo many palm trees in such a way is to block the wind current from the tower at the ground lvl??
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Old May 20th, 2007, 07:31 PM   #3869
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can some1 tell me if its true the reason why they plant soo many palm trees in such a way is to block the wind current from the tower at the ground lvl??
Maybe... Also could be just to beautify the area in addition to making the sand stick together
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Old May 21st, 2007, 01:30 PM   #3870
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Old May 21st, 2007, 02:51 PM   #3871
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yay! finallly some cladding can be seen..cant wait till most of its done!!! haha and that teddy photo is funny
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Old May 22nd, 2007, 12:58 AM   #3872
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The Times (UK) - May 21, 2007

High ambition as Dubai aims to make its mark

Want to be a global player? Then build the world's tallest structure. Hence Dubai's $1.1 billion Burj towerSuzy Jagger
The first rule when building the world’s tallest tower is to keep its height a secret — otherwise you run the risk of someone beating you to it.

Emaar, the Dubai state-owned construction company, is tight-lipped on how tall the Burj tower is going to be, mindful that Kuwait is trying to outdo its neighbour with its own Silk City development. But Dubai insists that the Burj will be the world’s tallest — a least for a few weeks. To qualify, the Burj will have to be more than 508m (1,666ft) to overtake the current tallest building — the Taipei 101 in Taiwan.

Already half built, it is rising by a floor every two days. Construction will cost $1.1 billion (£550 million) and will have taken six years from digging the foundations 50 metres into the desert to its 2009 opening.

This cost is considered to be low partly because all 4,000 of the Burj construction workers are Indian immigrants. Their working conditions have attracted the attention of human rights agencies such as Human Rights Watch, which this year called for new legislation to protect workers’ rights and criticised the flaws in Dubai’s draft legislation. The group highlighted shortcomings for workers, such as their inability to strike. In its report, Building Towers, Cheating Workers, the organisation documented the Government’s refusal to allow construction workers to organise trade unions and to bargain collectively, and the recent passing of a resolution banning striking workers from employment for at least a year.

The Burj is expected to be completed in 2009 and sticks out of the skyline like a glass syringe. The height of the needle (which is not occupied space but will be the ultimate decider of height) is a secret, but the tower’s overall height is expected to exceed 700 metres.

While the building is unique in its height, it is merely another skyscraper in a city that resembles a science fiction fantasy more than a pearl-diving-cum-financial centre. Dubai wants to be bigger, better and brasher than the rest of the world, as part of the vision of the kingdom’s ruler — Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum — to build a financial and tourist centre to rival those of the West.

George Efstathiou, the managing partner of Skidmore, Owings and Merrill, the Chicago-based architect of the tower, said: “There is a flurry of activity for emerging economies to make themselves known by building the world’s tallest tower. That’s what Dubai has done.”

It takes two minutes in two express lifts to reach the top, shooting through 155 floors, a designer hotel, offices, luxury apartments and three swimming pools (one of which is for women only). The office at the top of the tower, which will have a circular view, is expected to house the chairman of Emaar. But, according to Emaar, the site area, to be known as downtown Dubai, has benefited from around $20 billion of investment in smaller towers and developments.

The base of the tower will house a luxury hotel designed by Giorgio Armani, with serviced apartments on top. Flats occupy the higher slice of the tower, with offices to the top. A two-bedroomed apartment on the 73rd floor recently sold for around $1.5 million. Any doubts about the level of demand for Dubai real estate are flatly rejected. Greg Sang, the assistant director of projects for Emaar, said that the structure is “pretty much sold out”.

“There will also be a premium for any property which can even see the tower. There really are very few places in the world where there is space to build this kind of development,” he added. Skidmore, Owings and Merrill also drew up plans for the Canary Wharf tower, and its older partners worked on the Sears Tower in Chicago.

According to Mr Efstathiou, “Wind is the biggest enemy of a tall tower. The trick is tuning a structure so that it has elastic movement, but the movement is not perceived by a human in the building.”
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Old May 22nd, 2007, 02:28 AM   #3873
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That article is written in a very derogatory undertone imo...
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Old May 22nd, 2007, 02:53 AM   #3874
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that's what i was about to say
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Old May 22nd, 2007, 10:42 AM   #3875
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The British media is always derogatory when it comes to good things in other countries. Especially if those countries are in the Middle East, Africa or Asia. It's gona take a few more years to get completely rid of the "colonial" gene that resides deeply within.
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Old May 22nd, 2007, 12:22 PM   #3876
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What's that dutch telephone number... think you need to put the international +31 50 ....

Great news that they are finally doing some cladding! last week John Zills (SOM) gave a lecture about Burj Dubai at the Delft University.. no new facts, but really cool to hear the constructors story about this great building!!
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Old May 22nd, 2007, 01:14 PM   #3877
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I am looking for direct owners of 1 or 2 BR apartments in this new area of Old Town or Burj Dubai. Am interested in renting there from now, will pay for one year in advance. Please no agents, I really don't want to go through real estate agencies, I am sure there must be private owners out there. I am Western European, serious offers pls call me on 050-2989663.
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Old May 22nd, 2007, 03:17 PM   #3878
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Old May 23rd, 2007, 04:52 PM   #3879
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Old May 23rd, 2007, 04:58 PM   #3880
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this really shows how huge this monster is.. and how much bigger it's gonna get!

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