Each time I look out of my bedroom window on the 9th floor, I see a marvel in the making – the Burj
Dubai Khalifa. It is not simply just the world’s tallest building, it is an icon. It is a symbol of a new middle east – prosperous and dynamic.
Construction began on September 21, 2004.
The total budget for the Burj
Dubai Khalifa project is about USD 4.1 billion.
The price of office space at Burj
Dubai Khalifa has reached $4,000 per sq ft. The Armani Residences, also in Burj Dubai Khalifa, are selling for $3,500 per sq ft.
On April 7, 2008, Emaar contractors announces that Burj
Dubai Khalifa, at 629 m (2,064 ft), has surpassed the KVLY-TV Mast to become the current tallest man-made structure on earth.
Dubai Khalifa would also have as addition, a massive Dh 800 million (US $ 217 m) new fountain, 275 meters long and will shoot water 150 meters (or 50 floors) into the air, in a show with music and 6,600 lights with 50 colored projectors.
The fountain is supposed look like this when it’s done…
Engineers working on the Burj
Dubai Khalifa design considered installing triple-decker elevators, which would have been the first in the world. The realized building will use double-decker elevators.
The highest residential floor will be level 109.
An observation deck will occupy the 124th floor.
The official height has not been released, and remains secret. The total height of 808 meters is subject to change.