Emaar's iconic Burj Dubai scales level 50
Global real estate major Emaar Properties marked a milestone in its historic quest to build the world's tallest tower as the AED 3.673 billion (US$1 billion) Burj Dubai scaled 50 levels today.
This remarkable feat in the construction of Emaar's iconic super tower at the Burj Dubai Downtown development was accomplished in less than 900 days since excavation work started in January, 2004. Work is on course for a 2008 completion with one new level added every four days.
'This is a significant moment for us,' said Mr Mohamed Ali Alabbar, Chairman, Emaar Properties.
'We are witnessing 'History Rising' - on schedule. With the world's eyes on Burj Dubai, this is a moment of pride not only for Emaar but also for Dubai. The super tall tower, now at level 50 and going strong, is a symbol of Dubai's aspirations and capabilities.'
Designed by Chicago-based Skidmore, Owings & Merrill (SOM), Burj Dubai is being constructed by high-rise construction experts South Korea's Samsung Corporation, and Turner Construction International is the project and construction manager.
Over 3,000 workers are currently working on the Burj Dubai. More than 160,000m³ of high-quality concrete and 25,000 metric tons of steel rebar have so far been used in the construction. Specially developed concrete pumps are employed to generate 350 bars of pressure and pump to a height of 600 metres.
Eleven cranes and the world's fastest high-capacity construction hoists - with a speed of up to 2 m/sec (120 m/min) - are used to move men and material to the lofty heights.
Burj Dubai is a pioneering example of entrepreneurial vision, architectural capabilities and engineering prowess meeting to create a towering international landmark.
'Burj Dubai is more than a tower; it is a global statement that will put Dubai firmly in the minds of the rest of the world. The tower boosts civic pride by creating an unparalleled landmark that demonstrates the capability of the UAE people to implement any project regardless of its size or challenges,' added Alabbar.
Blending retail, commercial and residential spaces, the Burj Dubai derives design inspiration from a desert flower and features architectural elements that celebrate the Islamic heritage of the region.
The fast-track construction employs modern building techniques including the use of self-climbing formwork for walls and prefabricated rebar cages. The tower has a base floor plate of 33,000 sq. ft., which tapers as the structure rises skywards.
Burj Dubai will feature the exclusive Armani Hotel designed by Giorgio Armani, luxurious corporate suites and offices, serviced residential suites, apartments, four swimming pools, restaurants, exclusive resident's lounge's, 15,000 sq. ft. of fitness facilities, recreational and entertainment facilities and an observatory, planned for the 124th level, offering spectacular views of the city and the Arabian sea.
Safety and security features - against high wind velocities, soaring summer temperatures, seismic disturbances, fire and other threats - have been incorporated into the design of Burj Dubai. 'The project capitalizes on the latest advances in wind engineering, structural engineering, structural systems, construction equipment, materials and methods,' said Greg Sang, Assistant Director - Projects, Emaar Properties.
Burj Dubai is part of Emaar's 500-acre mixed use AED 73 billion (US$20 billion) Burj Dubai Downtown development which combines commercial, residential, hotel, entertainment, shopping and leisure outlets, with open green spaces dotted with lakes and water features.
Ongoing projects within Burj Dubai Downtown include The Old Town and Old Town Island, The Dubai Mall, Burj Dubai Business Hub, The Lofts, Burj Views, South Ridge, Burj Dubai Boulevard, The Residences and 8 Boulevard Walk.