Nov 19, 2009

Burj Dubai is a supertall skyscraper being built in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. It is the tallest man-made structure ever built, at 818 m (2,684 ft). Unfortunately, the project has been delayed a month and visitors will have to wait until early next year, Jan 4th 2010 to see the opening.

The new opening is timed to coincide with the fourth anniversary of Sheik Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum’s appointment as ruler of Dubai.

Construction on the tower began on September 21 2004. By January 2007, approximately 3,000 workers, mostly brought in from India, had completed 100 storeys. At times they were adding a new floor nearly every three days. The total budget for the project is about $4.1 billion. The price of office space at Burj Dubai has reached $4,000 per sq ft.

The decision to build Burj Dubai is reportedly based on Dubai’s decision to diversify from an oil based economy to one that is service and tourism oriented. The tower will be the centerpiece of a large-scale, mixed use development that will include 30,000 homes, nine hotels, at least 19 residential towers, and a man made Burj Dubai lake.

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