Acclaimed as the tallest structure in the Middle East and Europe, The Burj Dubai is now breaking new records. The 120-storey and 422.5 meters mega structure is taller than the Empire State Building (381 metres) in New York and the John Hancock Centre (344 metres) in Chicago. “Burj Dubai is setting a new record with every passing day – in terms of height and the number of storeys,” said Mohammad Al Abbar, Chairman of Emaar Properties. Chicago-based Skidmore, Owings & Merrill, has designed the structure and high-rise experts Samsung Corporation of South Korea are constructing it. Turner Construction International is the project and construction manager. What’s really exciting is that when the structure is completed, it will be the tallest building in the world in all four categories recognized by the Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat, which compiles and ranks buildings on the basis of spire height, the highest occupied floor, roof height and pinnacle height.
So far 304,800 cubic meters of reinforced concrete and 59,200 tones of reinforcing steel have been used in the construction of Burj Dubai. It forms the epicenter of Downtown Burj Dubai, a Dh73 billion mixed-use project featuring residences, commercial space, hospitality projects and several retail outlets. The 120th floor has been sold to Italian investors for Dh50 million (US $13.6 million). The following shows other floors’ prices:
Floor Area (ft2) Price (million)
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120 11,200 Dh50 / $13.6
117 11,200 Dh22 / $6
116 11,200 Dh23 / $6.3
115 11,100 Dh22 / $6