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    how they can build such a tower in such a small country?
    i think as the tower is build that many offices are in use.

    stupid to build a tower of 705 metres of offices in such a small country with 2.5 million people.....

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    Default some more good information & (construction)pictures:

    Name: Burj Dubai
    Location: SZR
    Floors: 160+
    Height: 800+ (maybe 950 or even 1000)
    Use: Residential, COmmercial, Hotel
    Construction Start: March 2004
    Construction End: Late 2007 to 2008

    Burj Dubai Masterplan:

    First Construction Pic:

    The great wall of the construction site:

    Tower Cranes:

    More Construction pics :lol: :

    Another Pictures:

    Greetings From Jimbo.... 8)

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    Just when we thought Dubai couldn't go any more over the top...

    The World has the world in a spin

    The World is an offshore land development made up of 220 man-made islands that will be home to exclusive hotels and residences.

    The international media community is used to a string of innovative real estate projects coming out of Dubai. Landmark developments such as The Palm have captured the imagination of magazine and newspaper editors across the globe, with images of Dubai’s futuristic projects spread across a succession of international publications. However, nothing prepared journalists for Nakheel’s awe-inspiring new project - The World.

    The World is a series of 223 man-made islands, strategically positioned to form the shape of a map of the world. Located five kilometers off the coast of Dubai, The World will be 3.4 miles in both length and width, covering 60 million square feet, including 10 million square feet of beach. The concept was conceived by General Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid al Maktoum, Dubai Crown Prince and UAE Minister of Defense.

    “The World is set to be the most exclusive private water retreat available in Dubai,” says Nakheel Chairman Sultan Ahmed Bin Sulayem. “It will provide an intriguing and one-of-a-kind haven for investors looking for an exclusive and world-class real estate opportunity.”

    Each of the islands will be themed to reflect the countries and regions they represent. Nakheel has placed tight restrictions on the height of developments to ensure the correct ambience is retained within the islands, and a series of waterways, canals and lakes have been integrated into the overall design. The development is aimed squarely at the elite residential and tourist market.

    “We will be creating 223 islands,” says Mr. Bin Sulayem. “Each island cluster will be positioned in a way to look like a continent and islands clustered together will make a country. The design is now finished, the tender is analyzed, and we are about to begin work on reclamation, which will take around two years.”

    Prior to finalizing the exact design, a team of international professionals researched existing islands around the world in order to ensure the individual island’s shapes are as functional and appealing as possible.

    To ensure maximum security and exclusivity, access to the island will be strictly by marine transport – there will be no road link to The World. Two breakwaters will be built around the island network - including an above-water revetment and a submerged reef - to protect it from the ebb and flow of the tides, which could wash away the shoreline if it weren’t protected. Construction work is due to begin in late 2003, with the project due for total completion by 2008.

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    you had also "the palm":

    the landscape architecture is made by a netherlands company.

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    here check this...

    Left - right:
    The Petronas Towers, Burj Dubai, CN-Tower, One Canada Square, Freedom Tower.

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    Default more construction pics.

    here are some more pics of the foundation. :lol:

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    That floor plate looks really small...maybe it will be more like 600 meters. , not 800

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    ...interesting background on why Dubai will have the WTB:

    WSJ 1/20/05

    Dubai Tries to Find Its Place in the World In the Record Books; Locals Light 2,100 Candles And Build Longest Sofa; A 7.5-Mile Line of Verse

    DUBAI, United Arab Emirates -- Not far from the world's biggest man- made island and the world's tallest hotel here is a luxury apartment building that will be topped by the world's highest and largest sundial.

    A few minutes down the road, construction has begun on the world's tallest building, to be flanked by the world's most spacious shopping mall, housing the world's largest indoor aquarium. Each March, the nearby racetrack runs the world's richest horse race, with a $6 million purse.

    "All over Dubai, you have so many world records," says Bevis Douyers, restaurant manager at the Ramada Dubai Hotel. "This one's old -- almost 25 years," he says, gazing up the hotel's 12-story atrium at the world's largest stained-glass mural.

    Dubai, a city-state in the United Arab Emirates with a population of a little more than one million, would rank as one of the world's smallest countries on its own. Helped by the draw of year-round sun and desert-sand beaches, it boasts one of the world's fastest-growing economies. But until a few years ago, it was one of the world's least- known destinations.

    To grab a place on the world map, locals turned to the Guinness Book of World Records, with stunts like building the world's longest sofa (100 feet), lighting the largest number of candles on a cake (2,100) and creating the world's largest incense burner (10 feet tall). In a sign of its global perspective, Dubai in 1998 financed the world's first cross between an Arabian camel and an Andean llama, dubbed a cama.

    "It's an awful lot of records for such a small place," says Guinness World Records Ltd. spokesman Sam Knights. Dubai could even be on track to set the record for most records per capita, he figures.

    As Dubai's wealth grew in recent years, so did the world's biggest Napoleon complex. The emirate's rulers, emboldened by economic success, wanted to escape the shadow of more prominent neighbors. Abu Dhabi, the emirate next door, is far richer. Nearby India, Iran and Pakistan are far larger. Dubai far outdoes them in its unabashed need for attention.

    Many of the records were set purely for publicity as part of the monthlong Dubai Shopping Festival, an annual sale that draws consumers from around the world. There will be more on Feb. 8, in the Dubai World Records Venture, part of the shopping festival. Officials plan to set six records. They include the largest national flag formed by students, the largest mosaic made of cans, the largest flaming image, and the largest gathering of men named Mohammed.

    Beyond these ventures, money is pouring into Dubai from around the Mideast, where it boasts a reputation for stability, openness and enterprise. Those investors are helping build Dubai's economy and realize its dreams of creating a glittering, modern oasis.

    "Stunts were more of a marketing thing," says Mohammed Abdul Mannan, spokesman at the Dubai Department of Tourism and Commerce Marketing. He says he may skip the Feb. 8 gathering of men named Mohammed. "You eat the world's largest cake and then you forget it," he says. "It doesn't help the economy."

    Mr. Mannan wrote the book on Dubai's world records. Entitled "Dubai: A City Making History," the coffee-table tome lists 43 of Dubai's achievements. Besides the couch, the cake and the sundial, they include the world's biggest spaghetti bowl and world's biggest cradle.

    Mr. Mannan says those feats pale compared to serious tourist attractions like the world's most expensive water park and largest indoor ski slope, slated to open later this year. Dubai officials hope such mammoth creations will entice tourists to return once they've tired of beaches and sun.

    And to draw a wealthier crowd of tourists, Dubai has erected the world's tallest building used solely as a hotel, perched on a man-made island just offshore in the Persian Gulf. The 1,053-foot-tall, sail- shaped Burj Al Arab claims to be the world's most luxurious hotel. Each room, from the basic Deluxe up to the $7,600-a-night Royal Suite, is a duplex with its own butler.

    Out in the water nearby, clearly visible from the hotel's 54th-floor bar, Palm Island is almost finished. Meticulously dredged in the shape of a palm tree, it will soon have about 2,000 luxury villas rising from its drying banks. By adding 75 miles of beachfront, planners also created a new region where officials are comfortable selling land to foreigners. In Dubai itself, outsiders were traditionally allowed only to rent property. Demand has been so strong that the developers are preparing two more, even bigger islands.

    The second Palm Island will feature an aquatic theme park and be surrounded by the world's largest community in the shape of Arabic calligraphy: 1,060 homes jutting up from the water on stilts will form a 7.5 mile-long line of verse visible from the air. Penned by Dubai's crown prince and the U.A.E.'s defense minister, Gen. Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al-Maktoum, the text reads: "Take Wisdom from the wise -- Not everyone who rides a horse is a jockey."

    The giant poem should also help this relatively tolerant emirate dismiss Gulf neighbors' accusations that globalization is sapping Dubai's Arab character. This port city was a regional entrepot open to foreigners for centuries and hasn't suffered terrorist attacks in recent years. The ruling Al-Maktoum family has so far avoided problems of radical Islam by reinvesting in Dubai and spreading its wealth among the tiny population -- which is also monitored by an effective security service.

    Many of Dubai's planned records are aimed at boosting national pride, which rulers hope will blunt potential opposition to their reign. Perhaps none would swell patriotism more than Dubai's boldest project.

    Outside a vast construction site in the central business district, a billboard touts "The World's Most Exclusive Square Kilometer." Inside, work has already begun on the Burj Dubai, or Dubai Tower, which promises to be the world's tallest building and home to the world's first Giorgio Armani hotel.

    The tower's planned height is "a closely guarded secret," marketing materials say. Rumors say it could reach 2,970 feet on completion in 2009, and a promotional brochure shows elevator buttons rising at least to floor 189.

    Freedom Tower, which is planned for the World Trade Center site in New York, is also angling to be the world's tallest building, at 1,776 feet. Burj Dubai's developer, Emaar Properties PJSC, notes New York's plans in its literature and says the Gulf spire "will beat all records on a scale that will be a dramatic testament to Dubai's faith in the future."

    The adjoining mall will testify to Dubai's faith in commerce. Emaar plans it as a 12 million-square-foot complex of shops and restaurants broken into a dozen "minimalls." It will also boast a giant waterfall plunging into the world's largest indoor aquarium.

    And as if all this weren't enough, a cluster of 300 man-made islands -- bigger than the Palm Islands -- is taking shape in the form of an oval map of the Earth. The project's name: The World.

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    For such a small place this tower is unfitting. 20 bucks says it''ll go bank rupt. So big a building for small a country

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    I am Very worried for Dubai, 5000 Towers in a city thats 6 hundred thousand. This place will go bankrupt in no Time. Dubai is building nearly 15 1000 footers in the next 20 years and Trying to build 3 WTB's. News about a chessboard with 70 story peices comes out.

    This is really scary, people dont know how to use money.

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    Default Meanwhile, in Saudi Arabia...

    Mecca plans to build a 1,600-foot hotel right across the street from the Grand Mosque.

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    the largest gathering of men named Mohammed.

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    Associated Press
    March 30, 2005

    Dubai Looks to Build Tallest Skyscraper

    Associated Press Writer

    DUBAI, United Arab Emirates - For now, the world's tallest building-to-be is just a flower-shaped concrete tattoo on the desert sands, but its pilings are already in place, plunging 160 feet into the earth. When it's finished, visitors will swoon over this city from 123 stories high, if not more.

    In fact the Burj Dubai will be much higher, the developers say — dozens of stories taller than skyscrapers in Taiwan, Chicago or anywhere else. But they are keeping the exact height a secret to flummox competitors in the world's furious race for the title of tallest skyscraper.

    "We're going to records never approached before. Not only will it be the tallest building, it will be the tallest manmade tower," said Robert Booth, a director at Emaar Properties, the Dubai construction firm developing the spire-shaped, stainless-steel-skinned tower.

    Booth said jokingly that once completed in 2008, the $900 million Burj will sport a movable spire to keep observers from ever gauging the true height.

    "Only the chairman will know how tall it is," he joked.

    He refused to reveal the total number of stories, but a mock elevator at the site held a button for a 189th floor. The building's 10 foot sway in the wind means designers need to prevent whiplash in the ultra-long cables hauling up 50 elevators.

    The craze for height has hit hardest in industrializing Asian countries like Taiwan, Hong Kong and China, which boast seven of the world's 10 tallest buildings. The current tallest, at 101 floors, is the Taipei 101 in Taiwan, though Toronto's CN Tower is 180 feet higher, largely because of its huge antenna.

    The Persian Gulf city of Dubai has staked its fame on engineering audacity such as its vast archipelagoes of artificial holiday islands, and the Burj, Arabic for "tower," is one of its more extreme mega-projects.

    New York built skyscrapers because land was scarce; Dubai is doing it to get on the international map.

    "It's image, clearly," said Richard Rosan, president of the Washington-based Urban Land Institute. "There is no practical reason for having a building this tall."

    On paper, the Burj looks something like a giant space shuttle about to be launched into the clouds.

    Booth took reporters to the open-air 37th floor of a neighboring building, a vertigo-inducing experience in itself, and chatted breezily while standing perilously close to the abyss.

    "Can you imagine what it's going to be like on the 137th floor?" he said. "You can't be scared of heights to do this job."

    Developers say the silvery steel-and-glass building will restore to the Middle East the honor of hosting the earth's tallest structure — a title lost in 1889 when the Eiffel Tower upset the 43-century reign of Egypt's Great Pyramid of Giza.

    Designers have planned for catastrophes, manmade and other, said Greg Sang, Emaar's project manager for the Burj. Sang believes the concrete-core building would withstand an airliner strike of the sort that brought down the steel-frame World Trade Center.

    "Concrete is much more robust than steel when you hit it. It's also much better at resisting fire," he said.

    The tower owes its shape to American architect Adrian Smith, of the Chicago firm Skidmore, Owings & Merrill. Smith also designed Shanghai's 1,378-foot Jin Mao tower, the world's fourth tallest.

    Workers from the chief contractor, South Korea's Samsung, are already swarming over the slab, shaped in three rounded lobes like a local desert flower.

    A hotel will occupy the lower 37 floors. Floors 45 through 108 will have 700 private apartments — already sold in just eight hours, the developer said.

    Corporate offices and suites will fill most of the rest, except for a 123rd floor lobby and 124th floor observation deck — with an outdoor terrace for the brave. The spire will also hold communication equipment.

    As for the title of world's tallest, Sang expects the Burj to hold it for a few years. "But someone, somewhere will come along and build a taller building. It's just a matter of time and money."

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    Real estate: Gulf states follow Dubai

    Friday 01 April 2005, 11:51 Makka Time, 8:51 GMT

    Dubai wants to become the region's business and leisure hub

    Following in the footsteps of Dubai's tourism and real estate drive, Gulf states are pushing their own plans to lure visitors and open up their property sector to foreigners to stimulate their economies.

    Dubai's bid to become the region's business and leisure hub to help compensate for depleting oil reserves has apparently set off a domino effect in the region where Oman, Qatar, Bahrain and Kuwait have announced multi-billion dollar projects.

    Affluent Dubai has launched several grandiose housing, entertainment and resort developments on artificial islands, three in the shape of palm trees and one resembling a world map.

    Property yet to be built on at least one of the islands has been sold three times over, as investors across the Gulf Arab region seemingly brush off the threats of terror and instability.

    Capitalising on a potentially lucrative market, gas-rich Qatar is in the throes of its first international real estate venture with The Pearl-Qatar, a $2.5-billion artificial island off its coast.

    The initial phases of selling apartments on the development, which will include housing for up to 30,000 people, met an overwhelming response from regional and international investors, developers said.

    The island, to take the shape of a bay eventually covering an area of four million square metres of reclaimed land, will boast luxury hotels and marinas. Foreigners who buy property on it will be granted permanent residency, as is the case in Dubai.

    Qatar's unique project

    Husam Abu Issa, vice-chairman of the Salam International Investment Company in Qatar, said the Pearl was the country's first unique project.

    Qatar is all set to launch its first
    international real estate venture

    "The government is also trying to locate other areas where foreigners can buy property," he said. "It's the trend of government policy to encourage investment, and there's been a very positive response."

    Qatar is building a $5.5 billion airport to handle up to 60 million passengers annually by 2020, while Dubai has embarked on a $4 billion airport expansion project with the same target.

    Since creating a tourism ministry last June, picturesque Oman is actively promoting itself as a Gulf destination.

    "There's various projects in Oman to encourage more investments," said Muhammad Ali Said, the ministry's director general. "There's a master plan to develop a lot of areas."

    Omani resort

    Last year, the Omani government launched The Wave, an $805-million resort project stretching along miles of virgin beachfront just west of the capital Muscat, with 400,000 sq m of it to come from reclaimed land.

    About 400km from the capital in Ras al-Had, the sultanate will next year start work on a multi-billion dollar eco-resort including an airport and houses open for sale to foreigners.

    "There's no competition between us and the (other) Gulf (states). We complement each other. Tourists can go shopping in Dubai and come here to see the real culture, tradition and heritage," Said said.

    Resort development

    Tiny Bahrain is building its largest luxury residential, commercial and resort development, one of the kingdom's three major leisure and housing projects to encourage investment.

    "There's no competition between us and the Gulf. We complement each other. Tourists can go shopping in Dubai and come here to see the real culture, tradition and heritage"

    Director-General Muhammad Ali Said, Oman Tourism Ministry

    The 1.2-billion-dollar Durrat al-Bahrain, or Rising Pearl, will consist of 13 islands and a range of facilities with 2000 villas and 3000 apartments available for sale to expatriates.

    Due for completion by late 2009, it is expected to be one and a half times larger than the capital Manama and accommodate 30,000 residents and 4000 visitors daily.

    Bahrain's Cabinet on Sunday approved additional areas in specific tourist regions where non-Bahrainis can own real estate.

    Kuwait, where alcohol and discos are banned and hotels need permission to stage musical concerts, is also vying for a slice of the region's expanding industry, taking a first step by easing its rigid visa rules.

    The emirate, which raises more than 90% of its income from oil, is attracting investors for a multi-billion-dollar project to turn its Failaka island into a major holiday resort. It is also mulling the idea of allowing foreigners to buy property.

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