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Burj Dubai: World’s tallest structure opens in Dubai

The 828m tall concrete framed Burj Dubai - renamed the Burj Khalifa - has opened as the world’s tallest building in Dubai.

Engineers in Dubai have overcome a range of technical and logistical challenges to meet the opening deadline, which is  over a year later than originally planned.

The tower was inaugurated by His Highness Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum and coincides with this fourth anniversary of becoming Ruler of Dubai.

The tower became the world’s tallest man-made structure, bypassing 508m Taipei 101, just 1,325 days after excavation work started in January 2004.

In total 330,000m3 of concrete, 39,000t of reinforced steel, 103,000m2 of glass and 15,500m2 of embossed stainless steel have been used in the building which to date has taken 22M man hours to build.

Developer is Emaar, architect is Skidmore Owings & Merrill and contractor is a joint venture of Samsung, Arabtec and Besix. Consultant Hyder acted as the developer’s engineer.

“The building represents engineering application at its finest and Hyder Consulting is very proud to add this project to its heritage of world class construction feats on one of the world’s most prestigious developments,” said Hyder Consulting regional managing director Wael Allan.

Burj Dubai: Site report

Read NCE’s exclusive site report here

Readers' comments (6)


    Dear Sir

    thanks for the update on the above project . Please note that the name of the Tower is "Burj Khalifa".

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  • ertainly to become one of the Great Wonders of the Modern World, as in "I wonder why in God's name we wasted scarce resources building an 828m tall tower in the middle of the desert, and cooling it for the next hundred years." Nice one.

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  • Beauty is in architecture.....whether in Hebrew or Arabic.
    Ken Blankstein-Ure
    WINNIPEG, Canada

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  • Awesome!! this is an amazing piece of structure. If God was an engineer - he had to be a Structural Engineer!!!

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  • Eh, God was a DJ...!

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  • This is an amazing piece of structure, but what a waste of money and resources. Engineers should be thinking about sustainability, economy and utility. The money wasted on buildings such as this could be used in so many better ways.

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