Burj Dubai, already the tallest structure in the Middle East and Europe, has set a new global record for having more floors than any building in the world. Currently, at 120 storeys and 422.5 metres high, the iconic building developed by Emaar Properties is also one of the five tallest structures in the world.
Currently at 120 storeys and 422.5 metres high, the Emaar Properties building is also one of the five tallest structures in the world, according to the WAM news agency.
Dubai's iconic tower is now taller than the Empire State Building (381 metres) in New York and the John Hancock Centre (344 metres) in Chicago, two of only five completed buildings that have 100 storeys or more.
To date, 304,800 cubic metres of reinforced concrete and 59,200 tonnes of reinforcing steel have been used in the construction of Burj Dubai.
Mr Mohamed Ali Alabbar, Chairman, Emaar Properties,said, “Burj Dubai is setting a new record with every passing day – in terms of height and the number of storeys. This is the accomplishment of teamwork, with the world’s best in engineering, construction and design services working together to create a new landmark not only for the UAE, but for the entire world.”
It is the centerpiece of the US$ 20-billion Downtown Burj Dubai, a mixed-use project in the heart of Dubai featuring residences, commercial space, hospitality projects and several retail outlets including The Dubai Mall, the world's largest shopping and entertainment destination. To date, 2,67,426 cubic metres of reinforced concrete and 49,684 tonnes of reinforcing steel have been used in the construction of Burj Dubai. Over 3,000 workers are currently employed at the Burj Dubai site.
Burj Dubai will be a stellar achievement in engineering; the curtain wall of Burj Dubai will be equivalent to 17 football fields; the concrete used will be equivalent to a sidewalk 1,900 km long and the tower's peak electricity demand will be roughly the same as 3,60,000 light bulbs of 100 watts operating at the same time.
Designed by Chicago-based Skidmore, Owings & Merrill, Burj Dubai is being constructed by high-rise experts Samsung Corporation of South Korea. Turner Construction International is the project and construction manager.
When completed, it will be the tallest building in the world in all four categories recognised by the Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat (CTBUH), which compiles and ranks buildings on the basis of spire height, the highest occupied floor, roof height and pinnacle height. It will comprise 1,000 residences, commercial spaces, leisure facilities and The Armani Hotel.
Burj Dubai forms the epicentre of Downtown Dubai, a Dh73 billion mixed-use project featuring residences, commercial space, hospitality projects and several retail outlets.
Burj Dubai will offer a new lifestyle choice for Dubai residents and visitors. There will also be recreational facilities and entertainment venues including four luxurious pools and a cigar club, a library, exclusive residents’ lounge, serviced residences, 15,000 sq ft of fitness facilities and an observatory.