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Old August 25th, 2009, 03:23 PM   #19821
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The fountain looks terrible. So full of sand all the time. Maybe they should build a giant dome over the whole thing to keep the sand out. Like in the movie Logans Run. Uh Oh, I just gave them an idea...
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Old August 25th, 2009, 05:34 PM   #19822
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magic was come to Dubai...from empty become amazing..
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Old August 25th, 2009, 07:36 PM   #19823
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From yesterday:
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Old August 25th, 2009, 07:44 PM   #19824
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Thats not from yesterday.... look at the cladding..
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Old August 25th, 2009, 07:56 PM   #19825
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Thats not from yesterday.... look at the cladding..
Don't know when was the photo taken, but Dubai looks a bit tilted there.
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Old August 25th, 2009, 10:12 PM   #19826
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This is simply amazing! I can't believe Dubai is still doing a fabulous job developing the city even at the time of the recession. I guess the stimulus package from Abu Dhabi really works. I'm hoping the city will recover soon and the investors will come back. Go Dubai!
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Old August 25th, 2009, 10:17 PM   #19827
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Old August 26th, 2009, 01:54 AM   #19828
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A tall order: Burj Dubai all set to come clean

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By Derek Baldwin

Published: August 25, 2009, 12:26

Cleaning of Burj Dubai exterior will begin soon to prepare for the expected September soft opening of the tallest building in the world, XPRESS has learnt.

An Emaar spokesperson said on Sunday that “Burj Dubai will open this year as scheduled” but declined to confirm if the schedule still includes September or a later date.
Cleaning an 818-plus metre tall icicle-shaped shard that seemingly reaches into the heavens is easier said than done, said Mick Atkins, Project Director of Cox Gomyl in Dubai.

The Australian design and fabrication company was subcontracted by cladding firm Arabian Aluminium to build on behalf of Emaar owners a custom cradle for window washers.

The first of 18 tailor-made Cox Gomyl buckets is now being tested on the south side of the Burj Dubai at Level 40, Atkins said.

“Normally you would drive around a track on the roof,” Atkins said.
However, with the Burj’s tri-floral petal exterior shape, he said that they have to drive “around the outside of the building”.

To wash most of the 160 floors of habitable space of the structure, a horizontal track has been installed on the exterior of Burj Dubai at three levels - 40, 73 and 109. Each track holds a 1,500 tonne bucket machine which moves horizontally and then vertically using heavy cables, he said.

“The cradle drops vertically and cleans that strip,” Atkins said.

The very top of the spire, however, is reserved for specialist human window cleaners who brave super heights and high winds dangling by ropes to clean the top panels.

Daniel Hicks, Business Development Manager of Megarme Rope Access, is bidding for the contract to clean the spire using rope access technicians who abseil or rappel along the facade.

Despite 15 years of expert experience in Dubai hanging from some of the tallest buildings in the Gulf, Hicks said maintaining the top 111 metres of the Burj Dubai will be a first.
Unlike climbing Mount Everest, for example, where there is secure landscape nearby for a climber to maintain his bearings at a super high altitude – on top of the Burj Dubai, there’s mostly air.

“There’s no natural feature that you could relate this to,” Hicks said. “This is like a chopstick jutting out of the ground compared to a mountain.”

http://www.xpress4me.com/news/uae/dubai/20014658.html

Finally, BD is gonna get a well deserved wash down!!
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Old August 26th, 2009, 03:41 AM   #19829
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5 years and not finished yet?? It's going to take another 5 years to clean up all that mess around the tower.
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Old August 26th, 2009, 04:16 AM   #19830
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5 years and not finished yet?? It's going to take another 5 years to clean up all that mess around the tower.
What - did you think a half mile high structure was going to be done in a few months ??? If you feel the need to bitch about how long things are taking you should go post in the Freedom Tower thread ...
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Old August 26th, 2009, 05:12 AM   #19831
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I wish there was an automatic ban on this type of post...right up there with 'amazing'!!
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Old August 26th, 2009, 05:48 AM   #19832
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sorry.....jeeez
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Old August 26th, 2009, 07:53 AM   #19833
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Hi all.

No sweat - just that your post sounded "wankerish"

Back OT.

Interesting thought Land and OTR that the small triangular building could be security.

Charlott. I find it a bit presumptuous on your part that from pics you can tell Dubai has no soul. I would think one has to go there and experience it to tell that. By the way - I too think the CN tower is a work of art.

Great article OTR. Nice to see the BD is somewhat segregated from the recession. I found it a bit disturbing to find all the residences are not sold. Word was they all sold in a few hours years ago - Imre put us straight.

Another great article PG. I thought all the BMU's were ready to go. Seems slightly late to be ordering the "baskets" now but as the cladding is not done I guess there is time. Sounds like good news to me that they will be using harnessed cleaners on the upper tiers. The BMU's on the terraces of tiers 25 to 27 seem to me to be set up for "baskets" though. I wonder if the harnessed cleaners will be used on just the pinnacle being there is no top platform / monorail for a BMU up there. At least it opens up the possibility of the pinnacle being cleaned.

I still would have liked to see a top platform but it is not to be now...

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Old August 26th, 2009, 08:04 AM   #19834
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Hi Fury, I think that all property in the Downtown area that was put on the market did sell within a matter of hours, and I did witness on a number of occassions the selling frenzy that included valet parking on the BD Boulevard.

What was not sold on most of the towers was the Burj facing apartments where Emaar would focus on selling opposite facing (Gulf etc) apartments first.

I think Imre recorded that also sometime last year with the Mansions????

I guess they just never got around to selling the Burj facing as most towers were put on hold, but they will soon, and at a good market price IMO.

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Old August 26th, 2009, 09:41 AM   #19835
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So it is going to be a soft opening in September. Wasn't that postponed for December or smth?
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Old August 26th, 2009, 12:46 PM   #19836
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Well, perhaps you have right, but the info from the photo (flickr) said 24 August 2009.
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Old August 26th, 2009, 01:01 PM   #19837
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Us guys in Dubai cant see Flikr anyway.

But when we see posts from others who cannot verify validity of pic date, more often it is weeks old.
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Old August 26th, 2009, 01:18 PM   #19838
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Perhaps it says it was uploaded on 24th August, the author was clearly drunk or he did not care at all.
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Old August 26th, 2009, 08:48 PM   #19839
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Well, perhaps you have right, but the info from the photo (flickr) said 24 August 2009.
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Old August 26th, 2009, 09:31 PM   #19840
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26/August/2009

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