Burj Dubai rises to 80 levels

Published November 2nd, 2006 - 12:05 GMT

With 2,400 workers daily on-site, Burj Dubai, the super tower developed by Emaar Properties, completed 80 levels today rising to a height of 277 metres. The iconic structure, at the heart of the AED 73 billion (US$20 billion) Downtown Burj Dubai, is billed to be the world’s tallest tower when completed in 2008.

At level 80, Burj Dubai is taller than the Transamerica Pyramid in San Francisco at 266 metres and the Commerzbank Tower in Frankfurt – the tallest building in Europe – at 259 metres.

Burj Dubai has a development value of AED 3.673 billion (US$1 billion) and features retail, commercial and residential spaces apart from featuring the Armani Hotel, Dubai developed by Emaar Properties in association with haute couture leader Giorgio Armani. Luxurious pools, a cigar club, an observation deck at 442 metres height, a library, exclusive residents’ lounges and 15,000 sq ft of fitness facilities are other components.

“Every new level is a new milestone for Burj Dubai, a structure that demands ingenious engineering skills and architectural capabilities,” said Mr Mohamed Ali Alabbar, Chairman, Emaar Properties. “The tower is now taking its inimitable shape with the centre core leading the tower’s charge skyward.”

Burj Dubai is adding a new floor every three days. To date, 216,000 m³ (cubic metres) of reinforced concrete and 39,700 metric tons of reinforcing steel have been used in the construction. Large capacity high speed hoists (120 m/min) are used on site. Cranes have been specially modified to proved fast winch speeds. High capacity concrete pumps that can develop 350 bar pressure push the concrete to the required heights. Extensive testing of concrete mixes was carried out, together with pumping trials.

Burj Dubai has been designed by Chicago-based Skidmore, Owings & Merrill (SOM) and is being built by South Korea’s high-rise construction experts Samsung Corporation. Turner Construction International is the project and construction manager.

Other projects within Downtown Burj Dubai 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.

About Emaar Properties PJSC:
Emaar Properties, the Dubai-based Public Joint Stock Company and one of the world's largest real estate companies, is listed on the Dubai Financial Market and is part of the Dow Jones Arabia Titans Index. The company recently announced that its net profits for the three quarters ended September 30, 2006 reached AED 4.658 billion (US$1.268 billion) – a significant gain of 26 per cent over the same period in 2005 - reflecting the remarkable growth the company has gained since its inception in 1997.

With more than 14,500 homes handed over to customers, Emaar has several major real estate projects under various stages of development in Dubai. An ISO9001:2000 quality certified company, Emaar is marching ahead with the construction of its AED 73 billion (US$20 billion) Downtown Burj Dubai mixed-use development that encompasses Burj Dubai, the world’s tallest tower when completed in 2008.

The company has joint ventures and projects across the region covering Saudi Arabia, India, Egypt, Turkey, Morocco, Bahrain, Syria, Jordan, Pakistan, Lebanon and Tunisia. In Saudi Arabia, Emaar is developing the US$26.6 billion (SR 100 billion) King Abdullah Economic City, the single largest private sector project in the Kingdom.

Emaar also entered the US market by acquiring John Laing Homes, the second largest privately held homebuilder in the US for AED 3.856 billion (US$1.050 billion). Emaar joined hands with The Turner Corporation, a leading international building services provider, to form a new entity, Turner International Middle East Ltd (Turner International ME) to jointly tap regional growth opportunities.

In a move that scaled up its core competency in product sales across the international arena, particularly the Western hemisphere, Emaar acquired Hamptons International, the UK-based subsidiary of premier property developer Wheelock Properties (Singapore) Ltd in a deal worth AED 562.45 million (US$153.05 million).


Last year the property developer announced plans to aggressively expand the retail sector with investments of over AED 15 billion (US$4 billion) to develop approximately 150 malls in the larger emerging markets of the Middle East, North Africa (MENA) and the Indian subcontinent. In addition, Emaar has teamed up with Giorgio Armani S.p.A to build and manage 10 Armani hotels and resorts across the world; an Armani hotel will feature in Emaar's flagship Burj Dubai tower.

Emaar’s education initiative will involve the establishment of international schools in the MENA region and India, which will offer premium quality education and an integrated curriculum for students ranging from kindergarten to tertiary levels. Emaar's healthcare diversification will see the company invest around AED 18.35 billion (US$5 billion) over the next decade in the MENA and South Asia markets with the construction of hospitals, clinics and medical centres and the investment in the provision of world-class healthcare services.

Emaar has diversified into related business lines to further build value for its shareholders, which includes the Government of Dubai. Emaar owns and manages EMRILL, a joint venture with the UK-based Carillion which provides innovative property and facilities management services. Emaar also holds 30 per cent equity in Dubai Bank, focused on retail and commercial banking and is the majority shareholder in Amlak Finance, UAE's leading Islamic home financing company. For more information, visit www.emaar.com.


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