Profile: Burj Dubai

May 28, 2007 at 11:21 am (Dubai Projects Photo Gallery)

burjdubai.jpg Height is being kept secret but will be more than this estimate: 700 mts- The number of floors is also a secret but likely to be about this: 180

– Samsung Corporation from South Korea is main building contractor

– Estimated construction cost. The whole Dubai Downtown development is costing around $20 billion and will contain 30,000 homes and the world’s largest shopping mall, The Dubai Mall $1 billion

– Many of the lower floors will be taken up by a 175-room Armani Hotel. In addition there will be 144 luxury residential suites designed by Giorgio Armani and kitted out with his home furnishing line

– Floors 17 to 108 will have 800 private apartments. These sold out within eight hours

– Most of the higher floors will be offices and private suites

– An observatory 442 metres above ground on the 124th floor will be open to the public ? the highest publicly accessible observation deck in the world

– There will be a club on floors 144 to 146

– Inspiration for the design was derived from the flower of the Hymenocallis plant that is widely cultivated in Dubai.

– Built of glass, aluminium, concrete and steel

– Much of the external surface is made of factory-produced unitised panels. Made of aluminium, glass and various brackets, they interlock on site and are up to two storeys tall. They improve quality and speed up building work

– Tip of the spire will be visible 60 miles away

– The rods that reinforce the structure weigh a total of 31,400 tonnes and laid end-to-end would stretch more than a quarter of the way around the world

– Water system will supply about 250,000 gallons per day

– The building’s external surface is the size of 17 football fields

– The concrete used is equivalent to a solid cube of concrete 61 metres in size or a 1.5-metre wide pavement 1,200 miles long. It weighs the same as 100,000 elephants

– Peak electricity demand of the building is the same as 360,000 100-watt light bulbs

Source: Gulf News


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