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Burj Dubai
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Burj Dubai

Aerial view of Burj Dubai on October 26, 2008
September 21, 2004
Estimated completion
September 2009 (est.)[2]
818 m (2,684 ft)[1]
Technical details
Floor count
160 habitable floors[3]
Floor area
334,000 m2 (3,595,100 sq ft)
Skidmore, Owings and Merrill
Bill Baker at SOM[4]
TurnerSamsungBesixArabtecGrocon[5]Bauer AG[5]Middle East Foundations[5]Otis[5]Lerch Bates[5]Schmidlin[5]Al Naboodah[5]Laing O'Rourke[5]
Burj Dubai (Arabic: برج دبي‎ "Dubai Tower") is a supertall skyscraper under construction in the Business Bay district of Dubai, United Arab Emirates, and is the tallest man-made structure ever built, despite being incomplete. Construction began on September 21, 2004 and is expected to be completed and ready for occupancy in September 2009.[1][2]
The building is part of the 2 km2 (0.8 sq mi) development called "Downtown Dubai", at the "First Interchange" (aka "Defence Roundabout") along Sheikh Zayed Road at Doha Street. The tower's architect is Adrian Smith who worked with Skidmore, Owings and Merrill (SOM) until 2006.[6][7] The architecture and engineering firm SOM is in charge of the project.[6] The primary builders are Samsung Engineering & Construction and Besix along with Arabtec.[8] Turner Construction Company was chosen as the construction manager.[9]
The total budget for the Burj Dubai project is about US$4.1 billion and for the entire new 'Downtown Dubai', US$20 billion.[10] Mohamed Ali Alabbar, the CEO of Emaar Properties, speaking at the Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat 8th World Congress, said that the price of office space at Burj Dubai had reached $4,000 per sq ft (over $43,000 per sq m) and that the Armani Residences, also in Burj Dubai, were selling for $3,500 per sq ft (over $37,500 per sq m).[11]

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