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Old February 9th, 2010, 09:37 AM   #25521
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Who cares what the American media thinks? Nobody even finds them credible anymore, not to mention it won't affect tourism in Dubai, because most people in the United States have never even left their state borders and don't hold passports.

Journalism died long time ago. Why are we even surprised?

Very true, they are finally being shown for the s*** they are....
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Old February 9th, 2010, 10:47 AM   #25522
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What bothers me is how all the n. american press are misleading the public: "mammoth dubai building closes", "world's tallest building closes after a month". It's just the observation deck! Not the whole building!!!

I wish Dubai well, I had no idea the envy in this country and maybe even the west in general. wow.

( I don't even want to talk about how the press here clearly misguides the public about Dubai World. No one ever talks about the percentage of investment by Dubai World in properties OUTSIDE of Dubai.)
Isn't most of the building closed because it is still largely empty? Where are the inaccuracies in any story posted?
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Old February 9th, 2010, 11:18 AM   #25523
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No smarty pants. It's closed because it has not yet open (completed).


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Yes they would look much better tucked underground and out of sight the balls on the wires is a warning for low flying aircraft, in case you haven't flown in a cessna it is hard to see wires like that while trying to focus on everything else (flying the plane, making sure you don't get too close to the ground, ect) so with the orange balls it makes them much more visable.

The balls are for stability in windy condition (the colour of them is another matter)
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Old February 9th, 2010, 11:28 AM   #25524
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wait i think im on the wrong forum all together
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Old February 9th, 2010, 02:52 PM   #25525
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What bothers me is how all the n. american press are misleading the public: "mammoth dubai building closes", "world's tallest building closes after a month". It's just the observation deck! Not the whole building!!!

I wish Dubai well, I had no idea the envy in this country and maybe even the west in general. wow.

( I don't even want to talk about how the press here clearly misguides the public about Dubai World. No one ever talks about the percentage of investment by Dubai World in properties OUTSIDE of Dubai.)
Yeah, the story was very misleading, as if they built the Burj only to close it. Sounds like they just want to shake out the bugs before fully opening.
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Old February 9th, 2010, 05:43 PM   #25526
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Old February 9th, 2010, 06:57 PM   #25527
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No smarty pants. It's closed because it has not yet open (completed).
What's smarty pants, "moderator". If it isn't really completed, then why does it say so at the top of the board? Maybe it should go back to UC. Again, where are any inaccuracies in the stories posted? Just a lot of trolling about Americans once again. I suppose the deck closing wasn't reported anywhere else in the world, right?

The building is expected to receive about 12,000 residents soon, some tenants. Although Emaar is not answering questions on when or if that will happen on schedule, let alone explain what the problems are. It's more their PR malfunction than so-called "sh**" American media.

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Yeah, the story was very misleading, as if they built the Burj only to close it. Sounds like they just want to shake out the bugs before fully opening.
Yeah it says exactly that...The only thing misleading are you fanboys who are making misleading statements yourselves.

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Who cares what the American media thinks? Nobody even finds them credible anymore, not to mention it won't affect tourism in Dubai, because most people in the United States have never even left their state borders and don't hold passports.

Journalism died long time ago. Why are we even surprised?
Right, like your accurate special report on the travel habits of US citizens. **Troll** Stop acting so pathetic and paranoid.

I've seen many shows about the project, including Dubai itself produced in the US, as it's been of interest. The average person in the US isn't jealous of this building. Eight years later and there's still the same immature BS all over this site.
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Old February 9th, 2010, 07:33 PM   #25528
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no helipad on burj khalifa???
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Old February 9th, 2010, 07:41 PM   #25529
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So what's up with the building then? Huffpo says it's closed.

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2010/0..._n_453469.html
Well, not exactly closed. The interior of it its not full completed. It is also known that the interior of Burj Khalifa, despite the grand opening of the tower at January 4, it will open at 18 March of this year (like Armani Hotel for examble)
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Old February 9th, 2010, 08:37 PM   #25532
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What's smarty pants, "moderator". If it isn't really completed, then why does it say so at the top of the board? Maybe it should go back to UC. Again, where are any inaccuracies in the stories posted? Just a lot of trolling about Americans once again. I suppose the deck closing wasn't reported anywhere else in the world, right?

The building is expected to receive about 12,000 residents soon, some tenants. Although Emaar is not answering questions on when or if that will happen on schedule, let alone explain what the problems are. It's more their PR malfunction than so-called "sh**" American media.



Yeah it says exactly that...The only thing misleading are you fanboys who are making misleading statements yourselves.



Right, like your accurate special report on the travel habits of US citizens. **Troll** Stop acting so pathetic and paranoid.

I've seen many shows about the project, including Dubai itself produced in the US, as it's been of interest. The average person in the US isn't jealous of this building. Eight years later and there's still the same immature BS all over this site.
And you've no doubt had your share of contribution to said immature BS. :P

We've listed the inaccuracies. Wow, there really are appallingly low literacy or reading retention rates in America.

The press in general are a fear mongering sort. Being fair isn't really their calling card.
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Old February 9th, 2010, 08:46 PM   #25533
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The building is closed for now. Where's the false report? What part of that did you not retain or comprehend? Your posts are just misinformation. The Huffington Post is not a leading US news media outlet. LOL It's purpose more of a political opinion blog--not that they misreported anything here to begin with. So you don't seem very aware, yourself. Stop flaming about American media in place of discussing the issues with the Burj Khalifa. You don't seem to want to provide information there which is actually on-topic. Why don't you quit while you're behind already and let someone else do that.

The Bloomberg headline was just a "grabber", meant to be catchy. So they said the bubbly has fizzled. Big deal. After all, the building just opened with a massive celebration Jan 4.
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Old February 9th, 2010, 09:00 PM   #25534
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The building is closed for now. Where's the false report? What part of that did you not retain or comprehend? Your posts are just misinformation. The Huffington Post is not a leading US media publication to begin with. LOL So you don't seem very aware, yourself. Stop flaming about American media in place of discussing the issues with the Burj Khalifa. This is what I mean about typical immature SSC posting. Why don't you quit while you're behind, already.
The building is not closed for now, the New York Times even states construction is still ongoing, your blessed hometown paper. So, false report there, by the AP, Reuters, Reuters UK etc. What part of that did you not retain or comprehend? Your posts are just misinformation. The Huffington Post is not a leading US media publication to begin with and I didn't reference them, I was referencing AP, Yahoo News, CNN. So you don't seem to very aware yourself. Stop flaming other posters in place of discussing the issues with the Burj Khalifa. This is what you mean about typical immature SSC posting, yet you do it yourself. Why don't you quit while you're really, really behind, already.
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Old February 9th, 2010, 09:15 PM   #25535
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Right. It's open because it's "still under construction". I guess it was "open" in 2004 as well, by that reasoning. More ridiculous nonsense and silly semantics. Like the way you repeat my post like some eight year old.

Of course it's going to be reported as "closed", since the deck was the only portion opened so far. You're just mincing words.

The building undoubtedly has had an electical problem, and all anyone can elaborate here is that --NO! it's American media conspiracy out to smear it! No one said the building is closed forever or damaged beyiond repair. What is your problem ?

I came here expecting to get more details after the story was posted on SSP last night. The thread over there has a much better technical perspective offered by forumers. Momentary glitches evidently common to most projects of this scale. I'll know where to look next time, sorry.
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Old February 9th, 2010, 09:45 PM   #25536
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yawn ! come on guys who cares , it will operational on sunday and Dubai will still have the worlds tallest
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Hi all.

Here is a shot of elevator buttons up to the highest tenant level. There are some elevators that go higher but they are not for tenant use.




This is a panel from BO4/5/6 going from 123 to 154 - it shows no 136/7/8.

136 and 138 are 5th mech levels and 137 just does not exist.

Now my questions - I always ask questions -

Are these lifts part of the group that has controls in the lobby where the user enters the floor he wants before boarding the lift ? So is there a panel in the lobby and in the lift ? These are the highest office lifts in the tower.

Are there pics available for the other lift panels ? BO1/2/3 run from 123 down to 112 - and do they include or skip 122 which is to be an upscale restaurant later this year ?

If this real pic appears, then who has these details and can show us the real stuff ? - instead of the ........ that so often appears.

Good one.

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Who cares what the American media thinks? Nobody even finds them credible anymore, not to mention it won't affect tourism in Dubai, because most people in the United States have never even left their state borders and don't hold passports.

Journalism died long time ago. Why are we even surprised?
Precisely! You'd think BK had just fallen over and completely wiped out the OldTown the way they're going on!

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Faulty lift to blame for Dubai tower shutdown

* Last Updated: February 09. 2010 5:13PM UAE / February 9. 2010 1:13PM GMT

DUBAI // Witnesses and a Dubai rescue official say a faulty lift was to blame for the shutdown of the observation deck on the world’s tallest tower.

The closure has blocked public access to the only part of the Burj Khalifa that has so far opened. Visitors to the viewing floor said there was a loud bang followed by a cloud of dust coming from one of the tower’s lift shafts on Saturday evening.

Some time later, they say, rescue crews arrived and helped people out of an lift car that had been stuck between floors.

Abu Naseer, a spokesman for Dubai’s civil defence department, confirmed the incident today. He says 15 people were rescued unharmed.

* AP

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Building Burj Khalifa

by Selina Denman on Feb 9, 2010

Dubai’s new super-scraper boasts some of the highest interior specs in the industry. David Ingham and Claire Ferris-Lay talk to those responsible for rolling them out

The specification on the Burj Khalifa project is one of the highest that industry veteran, Talal Saeed, managing director of Fino International, has ever encountered. “The specification is one of the highest I’ve ever seen and experienced. There were so many consultants supervising and reporting to each other to make sure everything works perfectly.”

Dubai-based interiors specialist Fino International was appointed to work on three separate areas of the world’s tallest building. The job, which is now almost complete, has taken 33 months and is worth AED400 million to Fino.

One section of the work was the tower’s public areas, including the main entry lobby, the Armani café, various restaurants, prayer areas, a health club and spa. A second part of the contract was the corporate offices and private offices of Emaar, on levels 152 to 154.

The largest part of the job was the fit-out 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. Materials such as marble, onyx and gypsum were sourced from countries as far wide as Canada, Pakistan and Madagascar. Those materials were shipped to Italy, where they were treated and inspected, and then sent to Dubai for cutting and water-jetting prior to installation.

A brand new type of paint, developed by Armani specifically for the Burj Khalifa project, was used throughout the Armani properties. Four coats of the paint had to be applied, with at least 24 hours of drying required between the application of each layer.

Reflecting the level of care that has gone into the building, Saeed explained that every single wall in the hotel had to be inspected and approved by SOM, the project architect, Turner, the construction project manager, and Armani. The hotel will open on March 18, while handover of apartments in Armani Residences will begin in February.

Fino International started the Burj Khalifa project with around 300 people on site, a figure that rose to around 2,500 people at peak times. 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.

Saeed described working on Burj Khalifa as both “enlightening” and “surprising”. Striking factors were the incredible heights, the fluctuations in temperature between ground and upper levels, and the strict enforcement of health and safety procedures.

“You cannot just bring a new employee along and go inside,” said Saeed. “You have to give them a lecture on how to move around inside the building and what to do in case of fire… there were training exercises for the workers almost weekly.”

Nadim Akhrass, managing director of operations for Depa, which was contracted to fit out all of the building’s other residential apartments, also drew attention to the logistical challenges of working on the world’s tallest building.

Depa regularly works on large-scale projects such as luxury hotels, airports, cruise ships, malls and offices. But completing the Burj Khalifa, while simultaneously installing the interiors for another of Dubai’s major projects, the Metro, was undoubtedly one of its toughest tests to date.

“To move hundreds of workers up hundreds of floors to the final work location, to feed them, take care of their sanitary facilities and get them back to buses at the end of the day is a very challenging process,” Akhrass explained.

“We never expected it to be an easy project; after all, this is the world’s tallest tower and we always knew it would be challenging,” he continued. “The bright side is that the world will soon be able to see the fruits of three years of very hard work.”

Many of the problems centred around transporting thousands of tonnes of materials up to some of the tallest residential apartments in the world. Then there was dealing with the sheer size of Depa’s labourforce. While the firm had 150 staff working in the office from the beginning of the project, during the peak of construction, which continued for more than a year and a half, the firm employed more than 2,400 labourers onsite.

To overcome the time constraints, Depa ensured that all transportation of materials, which included a staggering 8,000 tonnes of marble imported from Italy, 100,000m² of parquet flooring and 8,500 timber doors, was completed at night.

Depa won the ‘S06’ contract to fit out all of the building’s residential apartments in April 2006.

As part of the mandate, the firm has completed the interiors of 900 apartments between floors 19 and 107 on the middle tiers, which are located above the Armani hotel.

Akhrass said users will be more than satisfied with the end results of the firm’s hard work. “The apartments are beautiful. While the contractors had a tough time building them, the end users will enjoy very high-end, quality apartments,” he said confidently. “When visitors get out of the lift, they won’t feel like they are in a residential building. It’s more of a high-end hotel finish.”

http://www.constructionweekonline.co...-burj-khalifa/
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