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Old January 4th, 2010, 08:41 AM   #23561
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Originally Posted by Dubaiiscool:) View Post

It costs 10 AED for three minutes, and when the weather is clear you can see better by yourself through the glass than on the screen.
The good point is that there's some informations about things around (The World, Hotels, Creek...), and also a night mode.
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Old January 4th, 2010, 08:51 AM   #23562
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Originally Posted by gerald.d View Post
Whatever the correct start time is, there is more than one fireworks show according to the description of the "three acts".

Correct Gerald.

The first act in the light & sound show, themed From the Desert Flower to Burj Dubai, is a co-ordinated water, light and firework display. Guests can watch the unfolding of the desert lily, Hymenocallis, the design inspiration of Burj Dubai. The segment ends with a rhythmic water and fireworks show.

The second act, called Heart Beat, captures the construction of the tower in a dynamic light show. An astonishing example of technological innovation, the display recreates the effect of a beating heart and uses no fewer than 300 space canon projectors to generate a shadow-like image of the tower.

In the third act, called From Dubai and the UAE to the World, sky tracers and space canons envelop the tower in a strong halo of white light before reproducing the sun beams of the Emaar corporate logo. These then expand in all directions as the lighting rig on the tower’s spire activates.

The finale will feature 10,000 firework effects on and from the tower, Ahmad Al Matrooshi, managing director, UAE, Emaar Properties, said.
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This report says that the Burj Dubai website has crashed.

-Looks like it's true because I'm having a hard time getting onto it.
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Old January 4th, 2010, 09:03 AM   #23564
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Originally Posted by Dubaiiscool:) View Post

Wow the shadow is almost reaching the sea .. that's more than 2 kilometers long.
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ultra high res!!

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Old January 4th, 2010, 09:41 AM   #23567
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‘Burj Dubai’ painted and protected by Jotun Paints and Coatings

Company uses 122,000 kilograms of powder coating and 487,000 litres of paint on the world’s tallest tower

January 04, 2010

Jotun, one of the world’s leading producers and suppliers of paints and coatings, announced that it has painted the ‘Burj Dubai’, a mix-used development by Emaar Properties. A total of 122,000 kilograms of powder coatings and 487,000 litres of paint have been used to decorate and protect the world’s tallest tower, which will be inaugurated today ( January 04, 2010). The ‘Burj Dubai’ is the latest project to benefit from Jotun’s revolutionary ‘Single Source Solution’ concept.

The ‘Burj Dubai’ project required the use of a metallic matt powder coated finish to complement the aluminium for the 28,261 cladding panels that make up the exterior of the tower and its two annexes. To address this unique requirement, Jotun Powder Coatings developed a specially formulated ‘Corro-Coat PE-F Façade Iris and Oyster Bond‘, a bonded metallic product for this project. On the other hand, coating the 2,684 feet spire of the renowned tower is ‘Baltoflake’, a glass flake reinforced polyester coating that provides outstanding resistance to abrasion, water and most chemicals. The product was recommended by Jotun and chosen by the client for its 20-year life span and minimal need for maintenance.

“Building the world’s tallest tower is a tremendous feat that requires the highest quality materials and the expertise of construction innovators, and to be among the companies to be part of the team to deliver ‘Burj Dubai’ is a true honour for Jotun. This project has been a perfect opportunity for us to highlight our best-of-breed paint products and solutions,” said Trine Finnevolden, General Manager, Jotun Paints UAE. “In addition to our existing industry-leading products, we have also developed specially-formulated coatings for this outstanding project. This level of commitment, in addition to the proven effectiveness of our pioneering ‘Single Source Solution’ concept has driven the excellent results we have achieved for the paint and coating works of ‘Burj Dubai’.”

Identified as the most suitable product for a project of this nature, Jotun’s industry-leading ‘Jotashield’ brand has been used for the tower’s 120,000 sq metre basement car park because of its excellent adhesion and moisture resistance features, which protects concrete against ingression of salts and carbon dioxide. In addition, 26 custom colour shades from Jotun’s ‘Fenomastic’ range of emulsion and enamel paint was used in all interiors of the ‘Burj Dubai’, which covers a total area of 700,000 sq. metres. The lead-free and non-yellowing enamel paint also gives a tough yet smooth finish that lasts long and washes easily.

“Our involvement with the ‘Burj Dubai’ project has allowed us to highlight our capacity to deliver innovative products for specific projects with unique demands for coating and paint solutions. The completion of the paint and coating works on this acclaimed monumental project marks an exceptional milestone and achievement for Jotun, and stands as a testament to our commitment to the regional market. We are confident that our paint and coating solutions will prove more than satisfactory in protecting the world’s tallest tower against the ravages of climate and pollution for many years to come,” concluded Ram Ramnath, General Manager, Jotun Powder Coatings UAE.

Through its unique concept of ‘Single Source Solution’, Jotun provides a holistic approach to high quality and cost-effective, paints and coatings solutions for all substrates. The pioneering concept underlines Jotun’s ability to meet the global requirements of the consultants and engineers in the construction industry at all levels through new technologies, customized solutions, and extensive technical expertise and support. ‘Single Source Solution’ has benefited some of the world’s most prestigious and complex structures including the Eiffel Tower, Petronas towers in Malaysia, Nile City Complex and Burj Al Arab in Dubai.

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At the Top, Burj Dubai opens to the public on Jan. 5


* ‘At the Top, Burj Dubai’ will be an adrenaline-rush experience
* Introductory tickets priced at AED 100 for adults and AED 75 for children

At the Top, Burj Dubai, the world’s highest observation deck on Level 124 of Burj Dubai, the world’s tallest building, will open doors to the public from January 5, 2010.

Tickets are time stamped at 30-minute intervals, on specific days, in order to carefully manage the daily rush of sightseers. Introductory ticket price is AED 100 for adults and AED 75 for children up to 12 years. For those who simply cannot wait, immediate entry is AED 210 per person, subject to availability.

The entrance to the experience At the Top, Burj Dubai is at the adjoining The Dubai Mall’s Lower Ground level, conveniently situated among a parade of tempting restaurants. Banks of LED screens displaying Burj Dubai’s distinctive three-core design in red and black greet visitors.

The reception area features a fiberglass model of the tower illuminated in blue light. Soft music plays in the background, from a score composed especially for Burj Dubai by Katia Makdissi-Warren, a Canadian artist noted for her fusion of Western and Arabian styles.

The interactive feature ‘Burj Around the World’ allows visitors to view Burj Dubai on the skyline of other famous cities. Two multimedia presentations, ‘Burj Dubai Among the Greats’ and ‘Tallest Among the Tall’, introduce other iconic tall buildings from around the world, forming as they do the inspiration for Burj Dubai.

Precision is a theme of the tower and it governs the experience awaiting visitors to At the Top, Burj Dubai. Past an airport-style security gate, visitors are immersed in the history of Dubai as they are escorted along a 65-metre travelator.

A multimedia display, ‘Dubai Then and Now’, explores the emirate’s humble beginnings as a pearl diving and trading hub and traces its emergence into a world centre for tourism, commerce and finance.

A new musical passage, again by composer Katia Makdissi-Warren, accompanies the historical narrative, and her composition proceeds to change in mood and tempo as new sections of the tour are revealed.

The travelator gently deposits visitors at the ‘From the earth to the sky’, through which they view the tower’s spire at a near vertical angle and its observation deck on the 124th floor.

Pausing at the ‘From the earth to the sky’, one can also absorb the ‘legend’ of Burj Dubai, which interprets the personality and aspirations of the world’s tallest building as though it were an individual.

“I am the heart of the city and its people,” the legend reads, “the marker that defines Emaar’s ambition and Dubai’s shining dream. More than just a moment in time, I define moments for future generations…”

An almost spiritual ambience permeates this stage of the tour. As soothing music plays in the background, futuristic back-lit glass panels display the styling cues for the tower’s unique design, including its inspiration from the natural world, a freshly cut flower from the beautiful desert lily, Hymenocallis.

The next leg of the journey, ‘From Vision to Reality’, delves deeper into the architectural and engineering complexity inherent in the world’s tallest building. A multimedia presentation tracks the evolution of the project, from the design phase through to final construction, revealing as it does so the numerous challenges the Burj Dubai’s engineers overcame to deliver what will soon become a living community for as many as 12,000 people.

The final ascent to the 124th floor is by a double-deck elevator, each deck carrying up to 14 people and travelling at an amazing 10 metres per second directly to Level 124. The smoothness of the ride and the captivating effects of the elevator’s interior LED screens, means one barely perceives any movement at all.

In less than 60 seconds, the elevator reaches the observation deck, the world’s only public observation deck with an outdoor terrace at this height.

The view from At the Top, Burj Dubai is like that from a plane. But while an airborne passenger must observe the world below through a tiny cabin window, visitors to the Burj Dubai experience a vista through 360 degrees.

Sheikh Zayed Road is miniaturised to the scale of a matchstick model; cars and people appear ant-size. The entire city is revealed, Dubai Creek to the north, Abu Dhabi to the south, Palm Jumeirah and The World islands to the west, and the desert to the east.

Computerised telescopes, meanwhile, allow visitors to zoom in on goings on at street level, and picture the scene through the viewfinder at night or during the day, thanks to the technology’s built-in memory, regardless of the time of their visit.

An invigorating taste of Dubai air 124 floors above ground can be had from the outdoor terrace.

Visitors are allowed to admire the view from At the Top, Burj Dubai for as long as they like. And when they decide to return to terra ferma, they are likely to be tempted to buy an item of official merchandise from the At the Top Retail Boutique as a keepsake.

The return to ground level, back to the point where one enters the At the Top, Burj Dubai experience, presents a cavalcade of additional fascinating facts, engineering feats, architectural firsts, and memorable images and photographs.

On leaving, visitors will be occupied by one thought - regaling friends and family with impressions of the experience at one of the highest manmade points on earth.

After a visit to the 124th floor of the Burj Dubai, it is an understatement to say that the expression ‘feeling on top of the world’ gains a whole new meaning.

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Old January 4th, 2010, 09:59 AM   #23569
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what a good news, I would like to visit dubai just to watch the highest structure ever made for the human being.

At the end, how tall it is?
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Old January 4th, 2010, 10:03 AM   #23570
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Burj Dubai

The Burj Dubai is making headlines in The Netherlands on TV, Radio and newspaper !! Cool!

Enjoy the opening tonight guys. Hope to see photos and movies a.s.a.p. on skyscrapercity
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Old January 4th, 2010, 10:07 AM   #23571
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show it live in

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Old January 4th, 2010, 10:07 AM   #23572
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I wonder if those observation deck glass windows are re-inforced...

If some one tripped against them,, uh-ho

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Old January 4th, 2010, 10:11 AM   #23573
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thanks sam. i hope they will show hole inauguration

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Old January 4th, 2010, 10:31 AM   #23574
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mbc 1 is showing a live feed on the burj now, and i think this will go on all day
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thanks sam. i hope they will show hole inauguration
yes they will
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Burj Dubai: Fact Sheet


Arguably the world’s most prestigious address, Burj Dubai is responsible for a number of world-firsts.

The tower became the world’s tallest man-made structure just 1,325 days after excavation work started in January 2004.

Burj Dubai employs a record-breaking 330,000 cubic m (11.6 million cubic ft) of concrete; 39,000 m/t of reinforced steel; 103,000 sq m (1.1 million sq ft) of glass; and 15,500 sq m (166,800 sq ft) of embossed stainless steel. The tower took 22 million man hours to build.

With a total built-up area of 5.67 million sq ft, Burj Dubai features 1.85 million sq ft of residential space and over 300,000 sq ft of prime office space. That is in addition to the area occupied by the Armani Hotel Dubai and the Armani Residences.

The tower offers luxurious recreational and leisure facilities including four swimming pools, a private library, an exclusive residents’ lounge, health and wellness facilities, and At.mosphere, Burj Dubai, the world’s highest fine dining restaurant at Level 122.

The Armani Hotel Dubai will be home to eight unique dining experiences. The hotel will also include Armani/Privé, an upscale lounge, and the world’s first in-hotel Armani/SPA, measuring 12,000 square feet, where guests can enjoy spa treatments, thermal suites, a fitness centre and an outdoor swimming pool. The hotel will also be home to an Armani/Dolci chocolates boutique; an Armani/Fiori florist; and an Armani/Galleria boutique.

The observation deck on level 124, At the Top, Burj Dubai, is a must-see attraction and offers breathtaking views of the city and the surrounding emirate.

Connected to the tower are The Offices, a 12-storey annex of prime office space; The Club, a four-storey health and wellness centre; and Armani/Pavilion, an outdoor entertainment venue that opens onto the Burj Dubai Lake and The Dubai Fountain, the world’s tallest ‘performing fountain.’

Over 1,000 pieces of art by prominent Middle Eastern and international artists adorn the interiors of Burj Dubai and the surrounding Emaar Boulevard. Many of the pieces have been specially commissioned by Emaar as a tribute to the spirit of global harmony.

Tallest of the Tall

Burj Dubai fulfils all three criteria for tall buildings of the Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat (CTBUH). The CTBUH ranks the world’s tallest buildings based on ‘Height to Architectural Top,’ ‘Height to Highest Occupied Floor’ and ‘Height to Tip.’

* Height to Architectural Top:
o Burj Dubai – over 800 metres (over 2,625 ft)
o Taipei 101, Taiwan – 508 metres (1,667 ft)
o Shanghai World Financial Centre, China – 492 metres (1,614 ft)
o Petronas Towers, Malaysia – 452 metres (1,483 ft)

* Height to Highest Occupied Floor:
o Burj Dubai – over 570 metres (1,800 ft)
o Shanghai World Financial Centre, China – 474 metres (1,555 ft)
o Taipei 101, Taiwan – 438 metres (1,437 ft)
o Willis Tower, Chicago – 413 metres (1,354 ft)

* Height to Tip:
o Burj Dubai – over 800 metres (over 2,625 ft)
o Willis Tower, Chicago – 527 metres (1,729 ft)
o Taipei 101, Taiwan – 508 metres (1,667 ft)
o Shanghai World Financial Centre, China – 494 metres (1,622 ft)

World Records

Burj Dubai holds the following world records:

* Tallest building in the world – surpassing Taipei 101 in Taiwan, which at 508 metres (1,667 ft) had held the title of the ‘tallest building in the world’ since it opened in 2004
* Tallest man-made structure in the world – surpassing the KVLY-TV mast in North Dakota, USA, which stands at 628.8 metres (2,063 ft)
* Tallest free-standing structure in the world – breaking the 31-year-old record of CN Tower, which stands at 553.33 metres (1,815.5 ft)
* Largest number of storeys in the world – over 160
* Highest occupied floor in the world – Level 160
* Highest outdoor observation deck in the world – Level 124
* World record for vertical concrete pumping – over 600 metres, beating the previous record held by Taipei 101 (448 metres or 1,470 ft)
* Tallest service elevator in the world – 504 metres (1,654 ft), more than the height of Taipei 101 (448 metres) and almost one-and-a-half times that of the Empire State Building in New York (381 metres)
* World record for the highest installation of an aluminium and glass façade
* World’s highest swimming pool on Level 76 (over 260 metres; over 853 ft)


Excavation started January 2004

Piling started February 2004

Superstructure started March 2005

Level 50 June 2006

Level 100 January 2007

Level 110 March 2007

Level 120 April 2007

Level 130 May 2007

Level 141 (world’s tallest building) July 2007

Level 150 (world’s tallest free-standing structure) September 2007

Level 160 (world’s tallest man-made structure) April 2008

Completion of spire pipe jacking &

Burj Dubai tops out January 2009

Cladding completed September 2009

Grand inauguration January 4, 2010

Facts at a Glance

Final height Over 800 metres (2,625 ft)

Final number of floors Over 160 storeys

Built-up area 5.67 million sq ft

Weight of empty building 500,000 tonnes

Total concrete used 330,000 cubic m (11.6 million cubic ft)

Total reinforced steel used 39,000 m/t

Total glass used for façade 103,000 sq m (1.1 million sq ft)

Total stainless steel used for cladding 15,500 sq m (166,800 sq ft)

Total man hours 22 million

Developer Emaar Properties PJSC

Architects and Engineers Chicago-based Skidmore, Owings and Merrill (SOM)

Designer Adrian Smith

Main Contractor South Korea’s Samsung Corporation

Project & Construction Manager New York-based Turner International

Public Access

The public will have access to At the Top, Burj Dubai; Armani Hotel Dubai, The Park and the amenities offered at The Club. Owners of The Residences, The Corporate Suites and Armani Residences will have unique privileges including access to the many lifestyle amenities within the tower.

Handover Plan

Burj Dubai will receive its first residents as early as February 2010. They will be the first of over 12,000 people to live and work at Burj Dubai. The phased handover of 1,044 residences will start with the Armani Residences and will be followed by The Residences, Burj Dubai. The luxurious Armani Hotel Dubai, which runs from the tower concourse to Level 8 and occupies Levels 38 and 39, will be unveiled to guests on March 18, 2010.

The Corporate Suites, a collection of high-end offices, will open from March onwards. An orientation programme is being conducted for all occupants of the tower.

A Look Inside: The Main Components of the Tower

Total built-up area – 5.67 million sq ft

* The Residences (900 homes) – 3.1 million sq ft
o Levels – 19 to 37; 43 to 72; 76 to 108
o Sky Lobby – Levels 43 to 44; 76 to 77
* The Corporate Suites ( 37 floors) – 228,000 sq ft
o Levels – 112 to 121; 125 to 154
o The Corporate Suites/Residential Lounge – Level 123
* Armani Hotel Dubai (160 rooms) – 269,000 sq ft
o Levels – concourse, ground, and Levels 1 to 8; 38 to 39
* Armani Residences (144 suites) – 219,000 sq ft
o Levels – 9 to 16
* At The Top, Burj Dubai
o Level 124
* Communication floors – 15,600 sq ft
o Levels – 156 to 159
* Leisure and other Amenities
o Parking – Levels – B1 and B2
o Swimming pools (four) – The Club, Concourse & Roof, L43, L76
o Cigar Club – Level 1
o Library – Level 123
o Health club – 22,000 sq ft; The Club – annex
o At.mosphere – 13,500 sq ft; Level 122
o Armani/SPA – Level 3

The Residences

The world’s most prestigious address will be home to a select few. With 900 residences including studios and one, two, three and four-bedroom apartments, The Residences at Burj Dubai are designed for the connoisseur. The homes are spread over levels 19-108 of the tower.

The lobby reception area will feature World Voices, an intriguing installation by renowned artist Jaume Plensa. Composed of 196 cymbals representing 196 countries of the world, it symbolises the global collaboration that made Burj Dubai a reality.

For the convenience of homeowners, the tower is divided into sections with exclusive Sky Lobbies on Levels 43, 76 and 123. There are state-of-the-art fitness facilities including jacuzzis on Levels 43 and 76.

The Sky Lobbies on 43 and 76 both have swimming pools and a recreational room that can be utilised for special gatherings and receptions.

Other facilities for residents include a private library, an upmarket convenience store, The Gourmet Market, and a meeting place. Valet parking will be provided for guests and visitors alike.

The Corporate Suites

The Corporate Suites are located on the highest levels of the tower. They occupy 37 floors, with the top three floors merged into a single office. The entrance lobby is at the Concourse of the tower. In addition to valet parking, express lifts take office visitors directly to a lounge lobby at Level 123.

Armani Hotel Dubai

The world-first Armani Hotel Dubai opens to the world on March 18, 2010. From the room designs to the carefully selected textiles and fabrics, to the impeccable service, every aspect of the Armani hotel experience will bear the signature of fashion legend Giorgio Armani.

Armani Hotel Dubai targets connoisseurs, who value excellence, understated style and elegance. Offering 160 guest rooms and suites, restaurants and a spa, and covering more than 269,000 sq ft, Armani Hotel Dubai brings to life the Stay with Armani promise, an exceptional experience defined by the highest standards of aesthetics and service excellence.

Armani Residences

Armani Residences Dubai has been designed personally by Giorgio Armani, and is a reflection of his personal approach to elegance and style. Located on levels 9 to 16, the 144 one and two-bedroom suites, highlight Armani’s smooth, understated style combined with space and furnishings that focus on the compatibility of materials, form and lighting, in a superb, softly luminous setting. In addition to the full access to services offered by the Armani Hotel Dubai such as concierge, 24/7 room service, housekeeping, library, spa, gym and swimming pool, residents of Armani Residences will also have access to recreational facilities and entertainment venues within Burj Dubai.

At the Top, Burj Dubai

At the Top, Burj Dubai, located on Level 124, will not only offer visitors majestic, sweeping vistas of Dubai, but will also be an evocative and interactive journey through the history and evolution of Dubai and Burj Dubai.

A ten-part journey, At the Top, Burj Dubai starts at The Dubai Mall, where visitors can buy timed tickets at an elegant welcome area featuring monumental fields of LED displays reflecting the three-core design inspiration of Burj Dubai.

Visitors can enjoy several interactive features including ‘Burj Dubai Among the Greats,’ Burj Around the World’ and ‘Dubai Then and Now’. These displays chart the evolution of modern Dubai and reveal how Burj Dubai dramatically alters the city skyline.

Travelling at a speed of 10 metres per second, the journey to Level 124 takes approximately 60 seconds. The last stop of the journey is the At the Top, Burj Dubai boutique, where visitors can indulge in shopping for some unique Burj Dubai-inspired souvenirs.

Leisure and Retail

Burj Dubai has a variety of lifestyle amenities offering a myriad of choices for residents, guests and visitors. The recreational facilities and entertainment venues include four luxurious swimming pools, a library, exclusive residents’ lounge, serviced residences, a wellness facility and healthclub.

Moreover, residents can shop at the upmarket gourmet convenience stores - The Gourmet Market - and at the Sky Lobbies located on Levels 43 and 76. The Sky Lobbies will also have state-of-the-art fitness facilities and elegant meeting spaces.

Offering fine dining at the world’s tallest building, the tower will also be home to At.mosphere, an exclusive restaurant on Level 122.


For the convenience of residents and visitors, Burj Dubai has 3,000 car parking spaces on two basement levels.
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Old January 4th, 2010, 11:08 AM   #23577
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Bloomberg's coverage : http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pdwMg9rpOhM
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News in Holland....for those who can read this ....lol

Dubai opent hoogste gebouw ter wereld

Dubai opent maandag de Burj Dubai, met meer dan 800 meter het hoogste bewoonde gebouw ter wereld. De precieze hoogte wordt dinsdag pas bekendgemaakt. In de toren kunnen 12.000 mensen wonen. De prijs voor een van de 1044 appartementen kan oplopen tot 3 miljoen euro. Daarnaast zijn er luxekantoren, restaurants en een hotel. In de ondergrondse parkeergarage is plaats voor 3000 auto's. Op de 124e verdieping ligt At the Top, het hoogstgelegen uitzichtsplatform ter wereld. Voor de toren staat een fontein die het water meer dan 274 meter omhoog laat schieten, ook een wereldrecord.
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CNBC, BBC, SkyNews confirmed to cover the Burj Dubai opening! Many more are but this is a big event and the coverage is amazing!


Adrian Smith is in Dubai right now and is talking to Dubai One Channel!
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Originally Posted by Vito Corleone View Post
Does anyone know the diameter of the spire at the top?
1.2 meters
I am the eye in the sky, Looking at you
I can read your mind
I am the maker of rules, Dealing with fools
I can cheat you blind.

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