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Burj Dubai

Mirror mirror on the wall, which is the tallest tower of them all? Very soon the answer will be “Burj Dubai”. Burj Dubai is an Arabic word which means "Dubai Tower" when translated to English. This soon to be the tallest man made structure in the world is currently under construction in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. ...

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Burj Dubai

Mirror mirror on the wall, which is the tallest tower of them all? Very soon the answer will be “Burj Dubai”. Burj Dubai is an Arabic word which means "Dubai Tower" when translated to English. This soon to be the tallest man made structure in the world is currently under construction in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. The tower is part of a 2 km² (1.54 mi²) area being developed which is fittingly named the 'Burj Downtown' and is located at the "First Interchange" or the "Defense Roundabout" along Sheikh Zayed Road at Doha Street. This engineering wonder is expected to be completed in mid 2009 and people will be able to occupy it from September 2009 onwards.

 

Burj-DubaiGood things don’t come cheap. This tallest skyscraper in the world is expected to cost a whooping $4 billion US dollars and the development cost for the entire new 'Burj Downtown' is expected to be in the neighborhood of $20 billion US Dollars. This state of the art tower was designed by Adrian Smith and is being constructed by Samsung Engineering & Construction. The architectural, structural and mechanical engineering of Burj Dubai is being looked after by Skidmore, Owings and Merrill LLP (SOM) of Chicago, USA.

Now the all important question, actually how tall the tower will be once completed? The projected final height of the Burj Dubai is officially being kept a secret due to competition; however, rumor mongers are having a field day. There is abundance of contradictory information available from various sources regarding the official height of the building, which aspires to be the world's tallest structure once completed in 2009. As per rumors doing the rounds, the original height of the tower was 560 m (1,837 ft) which was later changed to approximately 705 m (2,313 ft). One website mentions a rumored final height of 916 m (3,005 ft) while another lists its height over 940 m (3,084 ft). As far as official figures go, as of August 2, 2007, the tower's developers reported the Burj Dubai's height as 521.7 meters (1,711.6 feet), with 143 completed floors. Even with this height, it has surpassed the Taipei 101, which stands at 509.2 m (1,671 ft), as the tallest high-rise building in the world. Whatever may be the final height; the developer, Emaar, is not taking any chances and has already taken precautions to beat any competition to the title of the tallest structure in the world. As per the original plans, the top of the tower, from the 156th floor onward or from 585.7 m (1,921.6 ft) to the top is proposed to be a steel frame structure and not of reinforced concrete used in lower portions. This steel section can be extended further and with it the height of the tower can be increased to beat competition. However, once the tower is complete the height cannot be changed.

It has already become the current world record title holder of the building with most floors: 143, tallest skyscraper to top of spire: 521.7 m and tallest skyscraper to top of roof: 521.7 m. It will also contain the world’s highest elevator installation, the world’s fastest elevators at 18m/sec (40mph) and the world’s tallest service elevator. It has been designed and engineered for maximum safety and comfort of its occupants. Fire safety aspects have been carefully thought out with provisions being made for speedy evacuation in case of need. It is proved by the fact that it is the first high rise which will have certain elevators will be programmed to permit controlled evacuation for certain fire or security events. Once completed it will surely be a wonder. It will be Dubai’s as well as the world’s pride.