Sunday, January 24, 2010

Miami Skyscraper Would Dwarf Dubai's Burj Khalifa


Developer Guillermo Socarras has been in talks with the Federal Aviation Administration to secure approval for the height of the tower in this superstructure proposed for Miami, called Miapolis :

"The 160 storey building would be more than 183 metres higher than the Burj Khalifa if built and would house an amusement park, observatory, restaurants, 1.96 million sq ft of shops, over 1000 apartments, 1 million sq ft office space and a 792 room hotel."

The project has been around for 10 years but the FAA movement is new, apparently.

Check out the planned location, AFTER THE JUMP...


Saturday, January 23, 2010

Burj Dubai renamed as height revealed

The tallest tower in the world was officially inaugurated this evening by Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, the ruler of Dubai. And in a surprise announcement, the Burj Dubai was officially unveiled as the Burj Khalifa, named after the UAE President and ruler of Abu Dhabi. The tower's official height was declared to be 828 metres, 10 metres taller than previous estimates had suggested.

Construction work on the newly named Burj Khalifa began in early 2004, and by July 2007, with the building of the 141st storey, it was the world's tallest building, surpassing the 448m Taipei 101 in Taiwan.

The building topped out in January 2009 with the completion of the spire. Over 110,000 tonnes of concrete were used to construct the foundations, while 330,000m3 of concrete and 39,000 tonnes of steel rebar were used for the tower, according to developer Emaar.

The tower's final look differs greatly from the initial photo released by Emaar and its total height was a closely guarded secret throughout.

The tower itself includes the Armani Residences and the Armani Hotel, private apartments, restaurants and the observation deck on level 124, which will be accessible to the general public.

Friday, January 22, 2010

Burj Dubai Skyscraper

Burj Dubai Skyscraper, a heads up building has been inaugurated today, the investors, property advisors, economists, and financial analysts has developed lot of expectations from the Burj Dubai Skyscraper to bring economic stress level down to get out of problematic situation and to grab the attention of the world once again. Although Burj Dubai Skyscraper is a great piece of art but the economic crises Dubai is going through has threaten Dubai to be under debt as tall as Burj Dubai Skyscraper.

Burj Dubai Skyscraper, the world’s tallest building with 200 stories placed at the world’s one of most advanced and richest location Dubai. The building has been inaugurated at a time when Dubai is facing the worst economical crises which can lead it the international bank defaulter and heavy debts.

Emaan is the company who built the building and the Chairman of the company has hoped a lot from the Burj Dubai Skyscraper. He said crises do come and go but this building will help to raise property prices in Dubai and that will help to say goodbye to the Crises.

Well, its really not understandable that why they spending such a huge amount of money to build such kind of huge buildings, the world got attracted in the past toward Dubai and paid sufficiently, there was a time when the property in Dubai has seen the highest jump value around back in 2005 and now it has fallen down to 86% the lowest in the history but they are still committed to bring more unique buildings.

The palm tree shaped island has eaten the money like anything and now it’s under debts of around $20 billion and the situation is getting worst.

Thursday, January 21, 2010

See Burj Dubai Burj Khalifa in Google Earth

Burj Dubai, the tallest building in the world, recently opened publicly. It has been renamed as Burj Khalifa.

Here are five most interesting facts about Burj Dubai:

  • It is the tallest man-made structure on the Earth.
  • Burj Dubai has 160 storeys. Total height 828 m.
  • Burj Dubai hold many records, which includes World’s fastest elevators at speed of 64 km/h (18 m/s).
  • It is a part of Downtown Burj Khalifa flagship development project.
  • It is also the highest outdoor observation deck in the world!

[source: Wikipedia]

How to see Burj Dubai in Google Earth?

Burj Khalifa in Google Earth

Follow these steps:

  • Install Google Earth (if you don’t have it already).
  • Download this KML file.
  • Open KML file with Google Earth.
  • Google Earth will automatically load the location as you open the downloaded file.

Wednesday, January 20, 2010

The Dubai Tower and What We Build In Life

On January 4th, the Burj Dubai, arabic for the Tower of Dubai, was officially opened as the tallest building in the world. The Burj Dubai is 2717 feet tall, 160 stories. It is roughly as tall as the two World Trade Center towers placed one on top of the other. It is a beautiful building, designed by an architect from Chicago.

The Burj Dubai was built at the height of the global real-estate boom. It cost 1.5 billion dollars to build and due to the real estate crash, it is currently mostly empty. With a hotel, apartments and office space, the tower flooded Dubai with more residential and commercial space than the market can possibly bear. This beautiful tower will probably remain mostly empty for years to come.

The Burj Dubai can be a metaphor for pursuing goals in life that ultimately prove empty, like the current tower itself. In the recent terrific film “Up in the Air,” George Clooney works for a firm that a company hires in order to fire its employees. Clooney travels over 250 days a year, going from city to city, company to company, following a script to fire people and “ease their transition.”

As Clooney is alone and has a soul-destroying job, he finds an outlet in another goal, reaching 10 million American Airlines miles, a feat only accomplished by seven other people. When Clooney finally reaches that goal, he receives a special platinum card and a visit from the head pilot of American. Sitting together in first class, Clooney says to the pilot something like: “I’ve been thinking about this moment for years, what I would say to you. But now my mind is empty.”

In a sense, Clooney’s character built his own empty tower, 10 million American Airlines Miles tall, but like the tower in Dubai, it is empty. When we set our goals in life of building higher, acquiring, or hoarding, these material goals may not provide us with the satisfaction that we desire. Even if each of us won the lottery, and could stack up dollars bills in a tower that reached towards the sky, we all know that money does not buy happiness.

If we want to build something, we should not strive for a 160-story skyscraper. Each of us has plenty of work to do to build and strengthen our relationships with family members and friends. If we want to build something, let’s build our communities, seeking to strengthen our town and our connections to others.

The pursuit of material goods and taller buildings is perhaps only a form of self-aggrandizement and it can never provide us with ultimate satisfaction. It is when we shift the focus away from ourselves and to others, to strengthening the bonds of family, to building community and to helping those in need, then we have the potential to build something meaningful and lasting in our lives.