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Old January 10th, 2010, 06:27 AM   #24641
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Also the "official" height isn't officially ratified by the CTBUH yet ...

Hi Fury,

How long do you reckon this will take?
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Old January 10th, 2010, 06:30 AM   #24642
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Burj Khalifa and the number 8
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7 January 2010


Burj Khalifa on 5 January 2010. EPA / Ali Haider

The Burj Khalifa, as it is now known, rises 828 metres into the sky and is the tallest building in the world. But this begs the question: How did Emaar and its architects arrive at that height? Was it the limit of economic sustainability for a tall building? Was it randomly chosen by darts?

Neither is the answer, as Crane Country has discovered. In fact, the height is derived from Emaar CEO Mohamed Alabbar's deep interest in feng shui and numerology. From the beginning of the design process, Mr Alabbar insisted on the incorporation of the number 8, according to Adrian Smith, the designer of the Burj Khalifa.

"[Mr Alabbar] believes in feng shui to some degree," Mr Smith said in an interview this morning (more on that later). "He brought in a feng shui expert to look at the tower when it was being designed. It's also a lucky number in Chinese culture. It brings good fortune. So at one point we were shooting for 808 metres, then 818, then finally 828."

The number 8 also has some significance in Islam, according to a cursory search on the internet.

A former executive at Emaar said that Mr Alabbar also insisted on using 888 as a price point. So, many apartments would have prices like Dh7,917,888. There is a discussion of this price phenomenon on the Skyscraper City forum.

Other "coincidences?"
  • World's highest mosque (located on the 158th floor)
  • Residential apartments sold out within "8 hours"
  • Eight escalators in the building
  • Outdoor observation deck is at 440 metres (4+4=8!)
  • Inauguration was on Jan 4, 2010 (01042010) --> (1+4+2+1=8!) at 8 p.m. --- Hat tip to @gerald_d and @esperanca
  • If you add up the letters of "Burj Dubai" - the original name - you get 88. --- Hat tip to Andrew Henderson
Obviously, you can find whatever number you want if you look hard enough. Still, an interesting tidbit about Dubai's newest global celebrity building.

http://blogs.thenational.ae/crane_co...-number-8.html
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Old January 10th, 2010, 07:08 AM   #24643
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Yes, Very interesting facts.

They should have a bingo hall, two fat ladies 88
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Old January 10th, 2010, 07:40 AM   #24644
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Hi Fury,

How long do you reckon this will take?
Hi PG.
Not sure but it's already taken waaaaaaaay too long for my liking .....
I want to know their official position on the height.
And if it be 828 to arch. top / 830 to tip - I want details and lots of 'em for frick sakes ...
And they better hurry the frick up too ...
I'm losin' it .....

Hi lover.

I would like to know what they changed to get to 818 from 808 - let alone how the got to 828 ...
I emailed Emaar a long time ago and asked for all the prints, drawings, and info they had - what the Mc frick is takin' them so long ....
As for the mosque on level 158 - I guess they could have stuck a small prayer bench somewhere - can't see one in this print tho ...

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Old January 10th, 2010, 08:18 AM   #24645
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cant wait to see interior hotel pics

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Old January 10th, 2010, 08:21 AM   #24646
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Hi lover.

I would like to know what they changed to get to 818 from 808 - let alone how the got to 828 ...
I emailed Emaar a long time ago and asked for all the prints, drawings, and info they had - what the Mc frick is takin' them so long ....
As for the mosque on level 158 - I guess they could have stuck a small prayer bench somewhere - can't see one in this print tho ...

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http://g.imagehost.org/download/0087...el_158_Tier_16

Fury, do you remember when you got a copy of that photo of Level 158? I am assuming closer to the beginning of construction. If so, the plans could have changed. But, what do I know?

Also, in Islam prayers are performed on the ground (no benches needed). Twice I saw someone praying in a stairwell landing... So I guess they could turn Level 158 into a small mosque.
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Old January 10th, 2010, 08:34 AM   #24647
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Best photo of Burj Khalifa!
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Old January 10th, 2010, 10:09 AM   #24648
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I'm jealous of nothing apart from another mans slack.
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Old January 10th, 2010, 12:32 PM   #24649
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cant wait to see interior hotel pics
I also cannot wait. But they are not forthcoming till the opening, 18th of March.

Who are waiting to see the pictures of the homes? And which of the posters here are waiting to go home?

I posted a thread on how to define "completion", but it seems to have vanished. When is the Caliph Tower finished? When all homes and offices have been delivered?
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Old January 10th, 2010, 12:46 PM   #24650
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You meant BURJ DUBAI, right? Not Khalifail?! :-D
We loved, liked as Burj Dubai, but the Official name after 4/1/2010 is Burj Khalifa

Burj Khalifa/Dubai:
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Old January 10th, 2010, 01:13 PM   #24651
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14 visitors trapped in Burj Khalifa elevator
The group, which included a child, found themselves stuck at a height of 430m en-route to the observatory deck which is located on the 124th floor.
By Aya Lowe, Staff ReporterPublished: 12:45 January 10, 2010
Burj Khalifa elevators have a capacity to hold up to 14 peopleImage Credit: GN Archive
Fourteen visitors to the At the Top observatory deck in Burj Khalifa were trapped for an hour in the elevator on Saturday.
The group, which included a child, found themselves stuck at a height of 430m en-route to the observatory deck which is located on the 124th floor.
The temporary freeze also led to delays for visitors waiting on the ground level where entry is controlled by 30 minute intervals to ensure there is no overcrowding at the lifts and at the deck.
A spokesperson from Emaar Properties issued a statement saying. "The elevator of At the Top was briefly stalled and operations were resumed soon after. Visitors were safely transported to level 124. The safety of our guests is of paramount importance and all elevators in Burj Khalifa are tested and function to the highest safety standards."
The elevators have capacity to hold up to 14 people and travel at 10 metres per second from the ground level to the 124th floor in less than 60 seconds. Some have been programmed to permit controlled evacuations for fires or security reasons.
The Burj Khalifa’s observatory deck has been operational from the 5th January 3pm. Since then, visitors have flocked to Dubai Mall’s latest attraction leading to a sell out of tickets. Visitors are advised to book in advance.

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Old January 10th, 2010, 01:44 PM   #24652
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Hi all.
Hi morrit.
There are many pics like the one you posted but very few from before the slab was poured. This is unfortunate as I also like the very early works.
Thanks, it is a shame not to see / find the pictures of the beginning.
I find these this that speaks on the foundations and 2 photos:

http://www.geomarc.it/Poulos_&_Bunce_2008.pdf
http://ic2.pbase.com/u13/bmcmorrow/u...klmar05011.JPG
http://www.nfpa.org/assets/images///..._dubai_600.jpg

As he had found that thread part 10, I suppose the above would be the beginning, but can not find


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Old January 10th, 2010, 02:01 PM   #24653
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oh well Khalifa is better then the real name on the sales contracts;

Burj Dubai - Tall Tower

now that's a great name. A lot of thought went into that one.
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Old January 10th, 2010, 02:11 PM   #24654
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Burj Khalifa - The pyrotechnics video

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The music and the videoclips shown before the fireworks were a bit tacky with all the "Carmina Burana"-like music, but hey, you deserve it when you are showing the world's biggest building.

I wonder if the 828 m are endorsed by the CTBUH.

Can't agree more with you on the soundtrack part Leogodoy; that's why I filled in "Carmina Burana" on the video that I took there at the ceremony.. but there's more to it than that; I actually decided to do my own thing and filled in something more interesting on the main fireworks part; and it came out decently synced

Well I thought Michael Angelo Batio's version of Deep Purple's "Burn" would do more justice to the fireworks and all the pyrotechnics

To watch the video; click the link below:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xSKbsMvdH6U

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Old January 10th, 2010, 06:09 PM   #24655
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When it comes to fireworks soundtrack music, you can't beat Mussorgsky.

I'd decided on the music even before I saw the pyrotechnics

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Old January 10th, 2010, 06:59 PM   #24656
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Sorry Dubai, but when I get a car, it'll be electric! haha!
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Old January 10th, 2010, 07:10 PM   #24657
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When it comes to fireworks soundtrack music, you can't beat Mussorgsky.

I'd decided on the music even before I saw the pyrotechnics
Wonderful choice!

The first caricatures and comics who thought to be funny are already everywhere on the internet.

One is here: http://www.thepaincomics.com/Burj%20Dubai.jpg

Not funny though.
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Old January 10th, 2010, 07:25 PM   #24658
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Hi all.

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Thanks, it is a shame not to see / find the pictures of the beginning.
I find these this that speaks on the foundations and 2 photos:

http://www.geomarc.it/Poulos_&_Bunce_2008.pdf
http://ic2.pbase.com/u13/bmcmorrow/u...klmar05011.JPG
http://www.nfpa.org/assets/images///..._dubai_600.jpg

As he had found that thread part 10, I suppose the above would be the beginning, but can not find


thanks
Hi morrit.

I already have the pics but that pdf on the foundation design is a fantastic find.
A great read indeed if like me, your into the foundation aspect of this project.

Here is a quote from the article on the initial borehole testing before excavation begun.

The geotechnical investigation was carried out in four phases
as follows:
Phase 1 (main investigation): 23 boreholes, in situ SPT’s, 40
pressuremeter tests in 3 boreholes, installation of 4 standpipe
piezometers, laboratory testing, specialist laboratory testing
Paper No. 1.47 2
and contamination testing – 1st June to 23rd July 2003;
Phase 2 (main investigation): 3 geophysical boreholes with
cross-hole and tomography geophysical surveys carried out
between 3 new boreholes and 1 existing borehole – 7th to 25th
August, 2003;
Phase 3: 6 boreholes, in situ SPT’s, 20 pressuremeter tests in
2 boreholes, installation of 2 standpipe piezometers and
laboratory testing – 16th September to 10th October 2003;
Phase 4: 1 borehole, in situ SPT’s, cross-hole geophysical
testing in 3 boreholes and down-hole geophysical testing in 1
borehole and laboratory testing.


Excavation began in Dec 2003 from what I gather from the few shots I have from this early time in the project (or Jan 2004 reported by some sources).

They then tested 7 trial piles and later 8 works piles (referring to the tower piles only) between Jan and Sept 2004 as the raft was poured in Sept.

They do mention 196 tower piles but the 2 layouts I have and the layout in the article shows 194.

The article is recommended reading to anyone interested.
Thanks morrit.

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Old January 10th, 2010, 07:28 PM   #24659
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simply amazing...would have been awesome to see it live.
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Old January 10th, 2010, 08:26 PM   #24660
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this is just amazing man.. i remember seeing the video on utube in 2006 and i was like dam it got a long way to go but now here it is...The burj khalifa...
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