Towering glory: Burj Dubai, the architectural pride of Dubai and the centerpiece of Emaar’s Downtown Burj Dubai development, has now reached 95 levels. Billed to be the tallest tower in the world, Burj Dubai employs the latest advances in engineering technology to complete the project on-schedule.
Currently 329 metres high, Burj Dubai has used 235,000 cubic metres of reinforced concrete and 44,200 tonnes of reinforcing steel, to date. At the current height, Burj Dubai is taller than the Burj Al Arab at 321 metres, but short of the Emirates Towers office tower which stands at 355 metres - the only other building in Dubai that is presently taller than Burj Dubai.
With a development value of AED 3.673 billion (US$1 billion), Burj Dubai will encompass retail, residential and commercial components. A highlight is The Armani Hotel, Dubai, developed by Emaar in association with haute couture major Giorgio Armani S.p.A. Burj Dubai is engineered after extensive planning to withstand wind forces, high summer temperatures and seismic forces.