April 20, 2010

Burj Khalifa, the tallest building in the world which forms the iconic centerpiece of Downtown Dubai, has been named the winner of the mixed use project award in the prestigious Cityscape Awards for Real Estate in the Middle East and North Africa.

Burj Khalifa (Arabic: برج خليفة‎ “Khalifa Tower”), formerly known as Burj Dubai, is a skyscraper in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, and the tallest man-made structure ever built, at 828 m (2,717 ft).

Construction began on 21 September 2004, with the exterior of the structure completed on 1 October 2009. The building officially opened on 4 January 2010. The building is part of the 2 km2 (490-acre) flagship development called Downtown Burj Khalifa at the “First Interchange” along Sheikh Zayed Road, near Dubai’s main business district.

According to Europe Real Estate, the tallest building has taken the top honours in the Cityscape Awards:

The awards were made during a gala dinner at Emirates Palace, Abu Dhabi, on Sunday 18 April 2010 attended by senior executives and personalities from the international real estate industry. The awards are held in conjunction with Cityscape Abu Dhabi which runs until 21 April 2010 at the Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Centre and provide a valuable insight into current and future projects in the region.

Burj Khalifa is part of the two-square kilometer flagship development by Emaar called Downtown Dubai and, on completion, was named in honour of President of the United Arab Emirates and Ruler of Abu Dhabi H.H. Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan. Burj Khalifa, Dubai’s new urban masterpiece and the world’s tallest man-made structure at 828 meters, is surrounded by hotels, the region’s biggest shopping mall, a world of entertainment options, as well as commercial and residential developments that make up Downtown Dubai.

In their comments on Burj Khalifa and Downtown Dubai, the panel of international and regional judges said: “True to the notion of iconic, this development encompasses everything good in a mixed use development – a pleasant commercial working environment, a range of excellent hospitality venues, world class shopping and a beautiful residential integration.” World’s tallest building and Downtown Dubai take top honors at Cityscape Awards

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