//
you're reading...
Travel

Burj Dubai (Burj Khalifa)


Burj Dubai UAE World's Tallest Building UAEThe Burj Dubai will be the tallest building in the world when it’s completed, and at 688 metres in September, is already taller than the Taipei 101 Tower (509 m).  It is believed it will be 705-900 m tall, and 160 stories when it is completed , probably by 2009.

It is already being called “monument”; “jewel”; “icon” – but only a select group will call it home.

When it is completed, it will be part of the development called development called “Downtown Dubai”, at the “First Interchange” (aka “Defence Roundabout”) along Sheikh Zayed Road at Doha Street. The total budget for the Burj Dubai project is about US$4.1 billion[8] and for the entire new ‘Downtown Dubai’, US$20 billion.

A computer generated image of “Downtown Dubai” when the entire region is completed, shows the Burj Dubai towering above the rest of Dubai City.

When you stand under the Burj Dubai, it doesn’t look that tall at all. It’s rather bizarre.

Alone on the flat desert landscape of Dubai, apart from the generic glitzy towers of the Sheikh Zayed Road, it seems slightly abstract, with nothing for your eye to compare it with.

Burj Dubai World's Tallest Building UAE March 2008It could be 800 feet tall. It could be 1,000 feet. Or 2,500. Who knows? Skyscraper Internet chat rooms are ablaze with speculation about its final height.

For the most famous fact about the Burj — apart from that it’s the first piece of architecture to be both the tallest building and man-made structure in the world — is that its final height is a closely guarded secret until it opens next June, for fear of some rival stealing its thunder with an extra bucket of quick-drying concrete.

As if. Because nothing else comes even close. The Burj, still under construction, is in another league. This is literally a sea change in the future of skyscrapers. Welcome to the world’s first superscraper.

And the tiny emirate already has a taller building planned…

Editor’s Note April 6th 2012: This article was written in 2007; the Burj Dubai opened on January 4th 2010, and is now known as the Burj Khalifa. It is 829.84 m high, making it the tallest building in the world.

Tourism Articles On This Site

“My Journey” Articles and Photo Galleries

 

About Craig Hill

General Manager at Craig Hill Training Services * Get an Australian diploma by studying in your own country * Get an Australian diploma using your overseas study and work experience * Diplomas can be used for work or study in Australia and other countries. * For more information go to www.craighill.net

Discussion

One thought on “Burj Dubai (Burj Khalifa)

  1. Reblogged this on Craig Hill.

    Posted by Craig Hill | April 6, 2012, 11:17

Leave a Reply to Craig Hill Cancel reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

writer@craighill.net

Join 1,661 other followers

An archive of all my old posts

Follow me on Twitter

  • Do you think #Labor will establish an effective federal ICAC if they are elected at the next election? #auspol 3 hours ago
  • RT @AustDems: "...the government was repeatedly questioned about the long delay in introducing its draft legislation to establish a Commonw… 6 hours ago
  • RT @AustDems: "...voters know an excuse when they hear one, particularly when they hear a sequence of ad-hoc, dog-ate-my-homework improvisa… 6 hours ago
  • RT @AustDems: "...it's a blokey budget from a blokey government... I bet it's never crossed Morrison's mind that his commitment to Smaller… 11 hours ago
  • RT @AustDems: "As the federal government’s key financial support is withdrawn and replaced by ideological faith in the stimulatory power of… 11 hours ago

I also have a news site about China:

%d bloggers like this: