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Old January 6th, 2010, 10:18 PM   #24461
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Wait ... what ... lack of oxygen at 828 meters?????
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Old January 6th, 2010, 10:20 PM   #24462
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OK Peeps!

Here is the Official Opening Ceremoney made by ITN.

WARNING:

Full of Breath-Taking, Avatar-like pyrotechnics and it's all in HD. Too bad, it's not in 3D. It will almost be perfect if King Kong and Godzilla was invited to promote the show. And of course, a blonde girl with all white dress. They should hire James Cameron to direct the show but I guess he was fully occupied with AVATAR.




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Old January 6th, 2010, 10:28 PM   #24463
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Workers recount role in Burj Khalifa achievement

Toiling on tower provided them with sense of pride and a glimpse of a Bollywood star

* By Nadia Saleem, Staff Reporter, Gulf News
* Published: 00:00 January 6, 2010

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* Some of the workers who have spent the past few years working in and around the Burj Khalifa site and are amazed at the final results.

* Image Credit: Nadia Saleem/Gulf News

Dubai: It will be almost another month before the first resident will be able to move into Burj Khalifa.

Officials have said that the developer will immediately take charge of the property from the various contractors and sub-developers.

The branded Armani Residences on levels 9 to 16 will open their doors first, to be followed by the much-awaited Armani Hotel Dubai, which occupies the concourse to Level 8 and Levels 38 and 39, which will open to guests in March.

While the new residents have yet to see the inside of the building, the workers who spent the past few years working in and around Burj Khalifa are amazed at the final results.

Abdul Gaffar, who toiled for six years on the tiling work on the Burj and the Lake Fountain, said: "In the beginning, I didn't think that it could turn out like this. Even later, I used to look up at the building with amazement, on how high the cranes would lift the construction materials and then bring things down," Abdul Gaffar said.

Happy about height

Harichandra, a foreman with Al Futtaim's construction company, worked on the pipelines for sewage for the tower. "I kept looking up at the height and it would make me happy. I was proud to be working on a building so high. It was a lot of heavy work," he said.

After three years of pipe fitting in the building, Ekram Ul Haq, employed by EVH JV, said: "Everything was unique on this building because of the height."

Haq said that safety was a priority. "All workers got training for safety and every thing went well."

Mohammad Javed Alam, a co-worker of Al Haq, said that things got a little stuffy when the exterior glass was installed and there was no fresh air on the top floors. "We worked from the 165th floor. Dubai looks good from up there," he said.

An insider titbit the workers were able to recollect involved a quiet visit from Bollywood's superstar Shah Rukh Khan. "He came inside one night with his family and looked around the Burj Khalifa," said Alam.

Mohammad Imtiaz, a piping foreman at EVH has spent several man-hours on the structure in the past few years. "I worked hard on the tallest tower," he said. "There was good motivation among the teams. The engineers were good and there was no work pressure," he said. Imtiaz is currently installing copper pipes on the top-most floors of the Burj Khalifa. Above the 160th floor, there are only terraces and places for viewing, he said.

During the construction of the building, Imtiaz said there were two major accidents. "We lost a co-worker who was not paying attention," he said. At a deep excavation site, the man was talking on the phone and fell into the hole while distracted, recalls Imtiaz. "There was nothing done without safety, but accidents still happen," he said.

Another accident involved a fire on ground level that was triggered by welding work but was soon put out.

Nanak Singh, a mason foreman with Al Futtaim, is working on the road works surrounding the building now. He said that there are a lot of small things to take care of still, such as underground pipelines. It could take six to twelve months to finish the minor work. The main work on the building is done, he said.

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Old January 6th, 2010, 10:34 PM   #24464
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Wait ... what ... lack of oxygen at 828 meters?????
Don't you know? The crane operator had to wear a space suit at all times.
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Old January 6th, 2010, 10:36 PM   #24465
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woah this building is all over the internet/newspapers etc

great to have this thing finished now
Well, the main exterior (of the building) work is done, but there's still a lot of work to be completed on the interiors.
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Old January 6th, 2010, 10:37 PM   #24466
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Wait ... what ... lack of oxygen at 828 meters?????
We should Googlw "G.A.S.P." the new choking and strangelation craze
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Old January 6th, 2010, 10:47 PM   #24467
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The Crown Prince was exiled for corruption, plus what about dozens of exotic cars they have thrown in the sea to make room in their garages for newer ones. Now that's a crime against humanity.
Unbelievable huh. That reminds me, do you have an extra scuba diving suit? My last one was eaten by a man-eating turtle!
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Old January 6th, 2010, 11:03 PM   #24468
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it's all in HD
It's all but HD. Sorry.
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Old January 6th, 2010, 11:10 PM   #24469
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It's all but HD. Sorry.
Yeah. It is. You just have to click the HD button on lower right side of the screen.
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Old January 6th, 2010, 11:31 PM   #24470
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Yeah. It is. You just have to click the HD button on lower right side of the screen.
I know that, but the quality is not HD. It's only listed as such because of the intro which was done in that format but it wasn't hard because it's just text, but what goes on later is just a regular video pasted into the HD file.
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Old January 7th, 2010, 12:07 AM   #24471
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Do you guys have a video of the Khalifa Tower 's inauguration?(I mean the fireworks & stuff)

At least a tower that my compatriot Alain Robert aka "Spiderman" won't be capable of climbing IMO...(Owing to the lack of oxygen at such an altitud)
Actually, oxygen is available in quantities that can sustain us up to 7km. Of course that is the limit for people that have strong and healthy lungs.
So Alain might still try.
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Old January 7th, 2010, 12:45 AM   #24472
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hey, now that BK is completed, does this thread go to another section for polling?
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Old January 7th, 2010, 01:24 AM   #24473
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It is NOT completed. It's far from there, tbh.
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Old January 7th, 2010, 01:37 AM   #24474
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All i have to say is that DUBAI its just one hella of city, and this marvelus peace of construction just speechless, i can imagine what its coming for Dubai in the following decade
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TRA secures .ae website for Burj Khalifa

by Andy Sambidge on Wednesday, 06 January 2010

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TALL TOWER: Fireworks light the Burj Khalifa. (ITP Images)

The UAE's telecoms regulator has reserved the domain name www.burjkhalifa.ae for use to promote the world's tallest building online after reports that the .com version had already been snapped up by a domain name squatter.

The official website for the tower was initially launched last week under its previous name - www.burjdubai.com - but officials have said they now have an alternative.

Mohammed Gheyath, executive director of the Technology Development Affairs at the Telecommunications Regulatory Authority, confirmed that the domain name burjkhalifa.ae had been secured but did not say when it would be put live.

The website was not operational on Wednesday morning when Arabian Business tried to log on to it while the original burjdubai.com address was still live.

Gheyath said in comments published by news agency WAM that reserving the domain name "came to protect the rights of the authorised entity entitled to this domain, protect the intellectual property rights, and safeguard the domain from cybersquatters".

He said the move by TRA to secure a .ae domain name was aimed at encouraging the use of the .ae domain name space.

In October, the TRA said it was targeting new UAE businesses in the second phase of its campaign to increase the number of .ae websites.

The main objective of the campaign is to target new businesses that have yet to register a domain name and also existing organisations who have not registered for a .ae domain name, the TRA said.

Up to August 2009, the number of new registrations increased by 30 percent up to 90,000 .ae websites registered, compared to about 80 million .com websites.

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Old January 7th, 2010, 02:02 AM   #24476
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hey, now that BK is completed, does this thread go to another section for polling?
Still a lot of work to do on the interiors. God only knows how much of the Burj is still just a shell.....
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Old January 7th, 2010, 03:01 AM   #24478
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Will The Lofts ever be clad? Such eyesores.
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Old January 7th, 2010, 03:23 AM   #24480
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You surely mean the Emaar Boulevard towers in the middle of the picture! The Lofts are more to the left and completed. Mhhhh don't know how theese ones will progress, seems like no progress was made the last few months.
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