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Matty Mar 28, 2005 4:55 AM

Burj Dubia Updates?
I was just curious why there hasn't been any updates on the tower for over 20 days.

With it's scheduled completion, it has to be rising by now. Any pictures of updates of any sort?

Or is construction paused?

ahmedr Mar 28, 2005 1:38 PM

The answer came just 25 minutes ago!:

Burj Dubai reaches defining moment as world's tallest building begins to rise
Burj Dubai, Emaar Properties' iconic building symbolizing modernity and engineering prowess, has reached a defining moment in its history as the world's tallest tower rises, making the surrounding district the most prestigious square kilometre in the world.
United Arab Emirates: 22 minutes ago
Emaar Properties Executive Director Robert Booth.
Emaar Properties Executive Director Robert Booth.
The important second stage of this world-class project follows the completion of complex foundation work on the tower slated for completion in 2008. Emaar had earlier announced that South Korea based-Samsung Corporation has won a global bid for US$900 million (AED 3.285 billion) for the construction of the tower.

Speaking to the media during a hard-hat tour of the Burj Dubai construction site, Emaar Properties Executive Director Robert Booth informed that the foundation work, completed in record 12 months at a cost of US$15 million, (AED 54 million) involved some critical measures taken to ensure that the tallest man-made structure sits on a strong steel and concrete podium.

The tower's 192 piles have been constructed to depths of more than 50 metres and are bound together by a 3.7 metre thick concrete raft across 8,000 square metres, encompassing the tower's entire footprint.

Nearly 18,000 cubic metres (cbm) of cement concrete was poured for the tower piles while 15,000 cbm of concrete was used for the podium piles. The raft, in addition, comprise of 12,300 cbm of concrete, bringing the total concrete poured into the foundation to over 45,000 cbm weighing more than 110,000 tonnes.

'We now embark on the exciting part of the development where the world can witness our promise of 'History Rising' coming to fruition,' said Booth. 'The tower is composed of three elements arranged around a central core. As the tower rises from the foundation raft, setbacks occur at each element in an upward-spiraling pattern, decreasing the mass of the tower as it reaches towards the sky.

'The tower design created by celebrity architect Adrian Smith for Chicago-based Skidmore, Owings and Merrill (SOM) is inspired from the geometrics of the desert flower and the patterning systems employed in Islamic architecture. It combines these historical and cultural influences with cutting-edge technology to achieve a high performance building which will set the new standard for development in the Middle East and become the model for the future of the city of Dubai.

The high performance exterior cladding system will be employed to withstand the extreme temperatures during the summer months in Dubai. Primary materials include reflective glazing, aluminum and textured stainless steel spandrel panels and the vertical stainless tubular fins accentuating the height and the slenderness of the tower.

When completed Burj Dubai will hold the record in all four categories as recognized by the New York-based global authority - Council on Tall Building and Urban Habitat - highest structure, roof, antenna and occupied floor.

Commenting on the value that the world-class Burj Dubai tower will bring to the city of Dubai and the United Arab Emirates, Booth explained: 'Burj Dubai is a symbol of human endeavour and success that makes Dubai one of the finest cities in the world that believes in excellence and a desirable quality of life.'

Explaining the scale of the project, Booth further said: 'The Tower is the central core of the magnificent US$20 billion (AED 73 billion) Burj Dubai district and the new emerging Downtown Dubai. More than 500 international consultants around the globe are currently finalising the design. At its construction peak, a workforce of more than 20,000 construction workers will be on site to create 45 million square feet of liveable space to accommodate 30,000 homes, making the Burj Dubai site the biggest single construction site in the world.

The district comprises The Dubai Mall, the world's largest shopping and entertainment complex; The Residences, an exclusive upscale series of high-rise apartment towers; The Old Town, a low-rise traditional residences community that is inspired by the stylist antiquity of Arabian architecture; The Boulevard, a 3.5 km stretch that binds the entire district and gives it an international ambience, besides man-made lakes and landscaped parks.

'As an urban planner and developer, I admire the ability of cities to create unique urban environments with a combination of cultures, building types and architectural styles unique to the world. Indeed skyscrapers have historically represented our quest for bettering our urban centres and have created some of the world's most desirable and admired places. Burj Dubai will do the same for the city of Dubai,' Booth concluded.

Jonovision Mar 28, 2005 4:24 PM

Great news!

Any pics though????

nezzybaby Apr 3, 2005 11:12 AM

as of april 15th this will start to rise at 3 days per floor, wait till the 18th and im sure someone will post pics.

Trantor Apr 20, 2005 4:21 PM

Matty, basically you wont find updates over here cuz SSP is too much focused on USA... few international posters do post here...

if you want updates on Burj Dubai or any other foreign skyscraper, search on Skyscrapercity... there are 3 threads about Burj Dubai in the construction updates forum there, each one 30 pages long!!!

Matty Apr 22, 2005 4:00 AM

Sorry, but the information I was asking for wasn't on SSC either.

I know how you dislike SSP having many North American forumers, but you are really bordering on a troll.

All the threads on SSC on BD are nothing but "yay great" or reposting of the same information from a different source. Absolutely useless. That's why I came to this subforum.

I was mainly looking for construction photos of the progress; if they finished the foundation, what was it, a month ago? They'd have something beyond that by now, as dictated by their timeline.

Trantor Apr 22, 2005 2:45 PM

Sorry, but the information you are looking for IS ON SCC forums!! Including pictures fo the central shaft rising, taken on 20 April if I am not mistaken.

Its not a question of too many north americans, its a question of too much focus on USA. If I am wrong, why there is much more info about Dubai and Burj Dubai on SSC?

So it seems you are the troll, since you dont see the obvious neither even found the "updated pictures you looked for"

the pictures "older than 20 days" (since you said you didnt see an update for over 20 days) were basically only showing the big concrete slab on the ground.

These are from April 15th

18th April

these 3 images were found on the SSC thread. Which obviously you didnt looked with attention... whatever.

anyway, the first floors, being the biggest, will take the longest to complete. Upper floors are expected to rise on a rate of about 3 each 10 days. We can also expect to see more pictures after this weekend.

Grumpy Apr 27, 2005 8:44 AM

is there a webcam installed on the construction site ?

Trantor Apr 27, 2005 1:10 PM

not yet... in SSC forums a new forumer arrived this week. He said he can take pictures at least once a week from the office of the dad of his friend. We will be waiting ansxiously. If he only post the pictures there, I may maybe repost them here on SSP.

de luna May 4, 2005 10:00 AM

Impressive, can't wait!


SA BOY May 4, 2005 11:07 AM

the problem guys is that the site is within a massive site that has its hoarding between 1 and 2Km from the road so non of us here can actually get near the ting. We are waiting patiently for the core to peek over the hoarding and then there will be million of pics for everyone.
I did have lunch at the top of the Dusit hotel the other day and managed to look down on the site at a distance and there are 6 tower cranes on the site at the moment and a batching plant along with the ready mix concrete trucks ariiving 24/7.
For everyones info this site will work 2 12 hour shifts 365 for 3 years to finnish this tower

Alt-Tab May 4, 2005 3:43 PM

I was staying at the Chelsea Tower last weekend, i got up onto the roof (50th floor) and took some pictures:-

Sorry it was very hazy and my camera is a bit rubbish, picture taken on Monday 2nd May around 3pm.


dazzler May 4, 2005 6:47 PM

thx Alt-Tab :)

but what's that big fat building on the left of The Residences? :eek:

SA BOY May 10, 2005 10:45 AM

its the district cooling plant

Grumpy May 25, 2005 9:02 AM

damn what a huge construction site :eek:

Sacto Jan 8, 2006 9:30 PM

^ Burj Dabai, January 2006

Mike K. Jan 9, 2006 8:31 PM

Awesome. Thanks, man.

Sacto Jan 9, 2006 9:33 PM

No problemo.

excel Jan 10, 2006 9:52 AM

Unbelievable construction site!

JBinCalgary Jan 11, 2006 7:32 PM


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