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Old January 8th, 2010, 03:11 AM   #24561
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Fino International's Talal Saeed: the world's highest interior contractor.

Fino applies finishing touches to Armani Hotel

by David Ingham on Jan 7, 2010

Fino International is nearing the end of its mammoth 33 month project to fit out the Burj Khalifa’s corporate offices, public lobby and Armani Hotel & Residences.

Talal Saeed, the company’s managing partner, describes the AED 400 million contract as the most “enlightening” he has ever worked on.

“The specification in the job is one of the highest I have ever seen and experienced; it was a most enlightening experience due to the fact there are so many consultants supervising and reporting to each other to make sure that everything is coherent and works perfectly together,” said Saeed.

Fino’s work on the project covered three separate areas. The largest was the fitout of the Armani Residences and the Armani Hotel Dubai, which required painstaking attention to detail and close co-ordination with teams from Armani and Emaar Hotels.

The second part of the work was the tower’s public area, which included the main entry lobby, the Armani café, various restaurants, prayer areas, a health club and spa.

The third and “highest” part of the contract was the corporate offices and the private offices of Emaar, on levels 152-154.

During the fitout process, materials such as marble, onyx and gypsum were sourced from all over the world, treated in Italy and shipped to Fino in Dubai for cutting and jetting prior to installation.

A brand new type of paint, developed by Armani with the help of an Italian student living in the UK, had to be used throughout the Armani properties. Four coats of the paint had to be applied, with at least 24 hours of drying required between application of each layer.

Reflecting the level of care that has gone into the building, Saeed said that every single wall in the hotel had to be inspected and approved by SOM, the architect; Turner, the construction project manager; and Armani.

Fino was also the last company to make use of the crane on level 154 of the building, which it employed to help lift large sheets of glass.

Fino International started the job with around 300 people on site, a figure that rose to around 2500 people at peak times. Around 30% of those people were new hires.

Armani Hotel Dubai will open on March 18. Handover of apartments in Armani Residences will begin in February.

http://www.constructionweekonline.co...-armani-hotel/
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Old January 8th, 2010, 11:04 AM   #24562
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I got by email:

Your Highness,

As italien i am, by italien news on tv, i was very surprised of this High investiment Arab Emirates Arab "Burj Dubai". Congratulations To Your Highness.

Marino ...... from italy
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Old January 8th, 2010, 11:12 AM   #24563
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Perhaps it's a bit late coming, but did anyone also notice the duplicated fountain jets? Haha...it was copied like three times--at least. This photo has really been doctored.

Does anyone know the names of the two towers on the right? It seems like there hasn't been any progress in past months.
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Old January 8th, 2010, 11:19 AM   #24564
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Good to see it finally finished. Been watching this thread for bout a year now and the last part of construction seemed to drag like hell (although I'm an inexperienced eye so probably don't appreciate the small things as much).
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Old January 8th, 2010, 11:27 AM   #24565
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Does anyone know the names of the two towers on the right? It seems like there hasn't been any progress in past months.
Boulevard Plaza , workers there but very slow progress...
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Old January 8th, 2010, 11:29 AM   #24566
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08/Januray/2010

Dubai Marina

Sheikh Khalifa,Sheikh Mohammed and Sheikh Hamdan with the Burj Khalifa ( Burj Dubai )





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Old January 8th, 2010, 01:08 PM   #24567
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lol, why are those faces everywhere? XD
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Old January 8th, 2010, 01:10 PM   #24568
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Imre are those pictures for real or are they photoshopped ?

scary !
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Old January 8th, 2010, 01:13 PM   #24569
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Imre are those pictures for real or are they photoshopped ?

scary !
real !

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Old January 8th, 2010, 02:29 PM   #24570
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Daytime version of the photo that won the Brand Dubai competition:

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Old January 8th, 2010, 02:31 PM   #24571
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Old January 8th, 2010, 02:44 PM   #24572
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lol, why are those faces everywhere? XD
Sheikh Khalifa is the Ruler of Abu Dhabi and President of the United Arab Emirates (of which Dubai is part);
Sheikh Mohammed is the Ruler of Dubai and Vice-President of the UAE;
Sheikh Hamdan is Mohammed's son and Crown Prince of Dubai.
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Old January 8th, 2010, 02:54 PM   #24573
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That's how it works on country of Monarchy. And that's how people appreciate their rulers. Just like how Britons praise their Queen. However, changing the name of Burj Dubai to Burj Khalifa is over appreciate. Now, I know the real ruler of UAE or Abu Dhabi. For a long time, all I know is Al Mahktoum (forgive me if mispelled) but now I know who's the bigger ruler of UAE.
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Old January 8th, 2010, 02:55 PM   #24574
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And they are parachutist's too...amazing what these Royals can do these days!!

Btw, Briton's don't praise their queen that much, mainly just Americans Unfortunately, we have to put up with looking at her noggin on all the coins and stamps.
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Old January 8th, 2010, 03:11 PM   #24575
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We name ships after them as well or at least Cunard does (American owned).
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Old January 8th, 2010, 03:14 PM   #24576
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They like to put the royals pics everywhere , if you go to any hotels you will find at least Sheikh Zayed, Sheikh Khalifa and Sheikh Mohammed pictures , also in government and private offices.

Just see my car , I still have the sticker with Sheikh Mohammed photo

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Old January 8th, 2010, 03:50 PM   #24577
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That's how it works on country of Monarchy. And that's how people appreciate their rulers. Just like how Britons praise their Queen. However, changing the name of Burj Dubai to Burj Khalifa is over appreciate. Now, I know the real ruler of UAE or Abu Dhabi. For a long time, all I know is Al Mahktoum (forgive me if mispelled) but now I know who's the bigger ruler of UAE.
I never see european monarchies using portraits on streets like arabs monarchies do. To take an example, until now I never see Queen Elisabeth II portrait with The Shard in London's streets or the king of Sweden with the Turning Torso in every cities of Sweden like I saw in Dubai, Burj's portraits with both rulers.
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Old January 8th, 2010, 04:31 PM   #24578
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They like to put the royals pics everywhere , if you go to any hotels you will find at least Sheikh Zayed, Sheikh Khalifa and Sheikh Mohammed pictures , also in government and private offices.

Just see my car , I still have the sticker with Sheikh Mohammed photo


OMG Imre ; D Is this a government vehicle ? Or you are a government member
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Old January 8th, 2010, 04:46 PM   #24579
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Imre is the current king of skyscrapercity and the future king of Dubai.
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Old January 8th, 2010, 04:58 PM   #24580
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OMG Imre ; D Is this a government vehicle ? Or you are a government member
Not, I just got this sticker at the Safa Park when was the UAE 38th National Day
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