UAE. Burj Dubai, the iconic tower developed by global property developer Emaar Properties, has scaled 158 levels - the highest for any building in the world - and is now 598.5 metres high.
Cladding work of the tower is now ongoing at an accelerated pace with 58 storeys already wearing the shimmering sheen of the high-performance cladding system. The primary materials used - reflective glazing, aluminum and textured stainless steel spandrels and vertical stainless tubular fins - accentuate the tower's height and slenderness to the eye.
Burj Dubai is now taller than Taipei 101 (508 metres; 1667 feet) in Taiwan and the CN Tower (553.33 metres; 1815.5 feet) in Toronto, Canada. When completed, the tower will have used 330,000 cubic metres of concrete, 39,000 metric tons of steel rebar and 142,000 square metres of glass - and 22 million man hours. More than 5,000 consultants and skilled professional workers are employed on-site at the tower.
Emaar Properties partners with South Korean construction major Samsung Corporation and New York-based project manager Turner Construction in constructing Burj Dubai, which is designed by Adrian Smith and Skidmore, Owings and Merrill of Chicago.
Burj Dubai is the centrepiece of Emaar's flagship project, the AED73 billion (US$20 billion) Downtown Burj Dubai, a new downtown with residential, commercial, leisure, retail and hospitality components, set on 500 acres of land in the heart of Dubai. Burj Dubai will feature residences, commercial space and retail space and hospitality elements including the world's first Armani Hotel and Armani Residences.