Saturday, May 31, 2008

Burj Dubai May 31st 2008 photo update

Burj Dubai May 31st 2008 photo update, here is a nice photo that shows the progress made on the cladding. The 10th floor steel now looks complete, any day now construction should start of 11th floor steel work.

Friday, May 30, 2008

The most fashionable residences on the planet

The most fashionable residences on the planet, the Dubai Mall Hotel and serviced apartments.

Also the Armani Hotel At Burj Dubai

The first Armani brand hotel is expected to be opened by the first quarter of 2009 and is under construction as part of the Burj Dubai development. The Dubai 'Armani Hotel' will include 175 guest rooms and suites, five restaurants and a spa, covering more than 40,000m². Alongside the hotel, the Burj Dubai will also offer 160 luxury residential apartments all designed by Giorgio Armani and fully furnished with a specially designed line of products from the Armani Casa home furnishings collection.

Detail diagram of the Burj Dubai May 29th 2008

Detail diagram of the Burj Dubai May 29th 2008, the Burj Dubai is currently at 650 meters but a new steel floor should begain soon, and bring the height up to 656 meters.

Thursday, May 29, 2008

Dh20,500 sought from Burj jumper

Dubai: Burj Dubai is seeking temporary compensation of Dh20,500 from a British visitor who jumped off the 150th floor of the tower with a parachute strapped to his back on April 25.

The Public Prosecution said the suspect entered the tower secretly.

Adv Samir Jaafar represented Burj Dubai before the Dubai Court of Misdemeanor, where the man, identified only as D.G., pleaded guilty yesterday.

Burj Dubai owners will decide on permanent compensation soon.

"I skydived from Burj Dubai because it's the world's most beautiful and tallest tower. I didn't have permission, but I trespassed because I knew I would not get permission," D.G. said in his statement.

Wednesday, May 28, 2008

Burj Dubai May 28th 2008 photo update

Burj Dubai May 28th 2008 photo update, here is a photo of tier 19 level 170 and yes it's nearly finished. The next tier will be 19A level 171 which will bring the height of the Burj Dubai up to 656 meters. The second photo is of the base of the Burj Dubai and it shows the current cladding work going on at this time.

Tuesday, May 27, 2008

World’s largest shopping mall in Dubai

World’s largest shopping mall to open in Dubai

The world’s largest shopping mall, the Dubai Mall, is due to open in Dubai at the end of August 2008. Set to be Emaar Malls Group’s flagship shopping mall development, Dubai Mall will be located at the centrepiece of the region’s most prestigious urban development to date, Downtown Burj Dubai, soon to be home to the world’s tallest building.

The Dubai Mall will add to the emirate’s impressive portfolio of shopping excellence, resulting in an unprecedented surge in Dubai’s retail sector, which is the fastest growing industry in the Middle East. According to industry forecasts, it has recently been announced that the retail sector is projected to exceed £250 billion in the Middle East by the year 2010, with Dubai leading the way in the region.

Dubai accounts for more than 50 per cent of the UAE’s shopping footfall and has long been famed for its world-class malls and the range of shops on offer. With everything from high-street stores such as Boots, Debenhams, and H&M to a range of designer boutiques including a branch of Harvey Nichols, shopping in Dubai has something to offer everyone. And now with the opening of the Dubai Mall, visitors can expect even more from the emirate.

The size of 50 football pitches, Dubai Mall is expected to attract well over 30 million visitors in its first year alone. The project will be a lifestyle and entertainment destination that will introduce pioneering and innovative leisure and entertainment concepts, set to revolutionise the modern shopping experience.

Amongst some of the ground-breaking attractions that the Dubai Mall will offer are 1,200 stores and 120 food and beverage outlets. It will also boast magnificent water features and one of the world’s largest indoor aquariums, the world’s largest indoor gold souk, an Olympic-size ice rink, and the region’s first SEGA indoor theme park.

In addition to the Dubai Mall, there are well over 50 other shopping malls with a variety of retail outlets including Souk Al Bahar an entertainment destination with over 130 shops. Dubai Outlet Mall, which launched at the end of 2007, and promotes value-shopping by retailing big brands such as Calvin Klein and Guess at fantastic discounts. And Wafi Mall one of the first shopping malls in the emirate and part of the Egyptian themed Wafi City, which boasts Cleopatra's Spa, Pharaoh's Club including a climbing wall and lazy river, and Khan Murjan - a subterranean artisan's market. More information on Dubai’s shopping malls and facilities can be found at

Dubai Duty Free at Dubai International Airport is about ten minutes from the city centre and ranks among one of the largest duty-free operations in the world. Furthermore, the emirate has created a range of events to celebrate its shopping excellence. Dubai Summer Surprises, which runs in the summer months, and Dubai Shopping Festival which is the largest retailing event in the Middle East and runs in the winter, are host to a variety of activities.

Shopping malls are converted into venues for live entertainment, music, dancing, competitions, workshops and interactive programmes. These events are organised and promoted by a unique partnership between the Government of Dubai and the city’s enterprising corporate sector, acting as a catalyst in the development of Dubai’s growing retail sector and establishing the emirate’s place on the regional and international map.

For a more authentic experience, Dubai’s traditional Arabian souks showcase the emirate’s finest local products, from gold, spices and textiles through to fruit and fish. Remnant of the 19th century, the majority of souks are located in the Deira and Bur Dubai districts and are great places to haggle for a bargain.

Ian Scott, UK and Ireland director of the Government of Dubai Department of Tourism and Commerce Marketing comments: “Dubai has seen an incredible boom in its retail sector with many exciting and pioneering shopping developments being created to inspire visitors. Dubai’s world-class shopping malls and trailblazing projects such as the Dubai Mall showcase how people have come to expect the best from the emirate. And, with all prices tax-free Dubai is well and truly setting itself apart from other holiday hotspots.

“Combined with the ever expanding and exciting new retail developments, such as the world’s first fashion island Isla Moda, new malls such as the Mall of Arabia which will be part of the City of Arabia in the Dubailand theme park, and Dubai Festival City which will comprise over 600 shops including 25 flagship stores, the emirate continues to fuel the ever-increasing demand, with its phenomenal growth on track to welcoming 15 million visitors by 2015.”

Monday, May 26, 2008

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Burj Dubai May 26th 2008 photo update

Burj Dubai May 26th 2008 photo update, here is two photos of the Burj Dubai they show the wonderful progress of the cladding. I hope to have some photos of the 10th level of steel.. A good close up that shows a steel beam over 650 meters. So...... stay tuned I should have one in a day or two.

Sunday, May 25, 2008

Servicing the Burj Dubai

With services risers running the full 600m+ height of the building, designing MEP systems to serve the Burj Dubai has taken great care. How will the tower be serviced? Billed as the tallest building in the world, the task of providing MEP services to the Burj Dubai was always going to be a challenge. The world records made by the Emaar Properties' project stretch to the services themselves, with the longest lift shaft in the world and mechanical operating pressures that would send some MEP consultants into a cold sweat.

Despite this, the mission of providing reliable and efficient MEP services for the tower has involved the use of proven technologies and off-the-shelf products - albeit under a very close and detailed design and installation process and a major logistics programme.

Design considerations

The original design of the MEP services systems was carried out by the Chicago office of international consultant Skidmore, Owings and Merrill (SOM). "They were the original architect, structural engineer and MEP engineer," explains Hyder Consulting Middle East senior mechanical engineer Alastair Mitchell. As supervision consultant for the project Hyder Consulting is jointly responsible for ensuring the correct installation of the MEP services to this design. "As part of or contract with Emaar we have adopted [SOM's] design - this makes us jointly responsible for the design with SOM," adds Mitchell.

With all eyes of the world on the project, ensuring a 100% reliable system in all circumstances is of primary importance. With this in mind, one of the major decisions that was taken at the design stage was to use tried-and-tested products and systems wherever possible. Rather than opt for radical, new technologies a base of solid electrical and mechanical design has been used for the systems, with input from the process and oil and gas industry standards and best practice referred to when the pressures and system sizes grew beyond those of a standard building services project.

"[The MEP system] is quite standard in it's design in that they haven't done anything radically different," confirms Mitchell. The hydraulics of this building are where we differ [from a smaller building] because of the extreme height of the building; what SOM has rightly done is taken established practices but extended them a bit - we've had to push the boundaries.

They've taken established principals and refined them for the ultra high-rise sector," he adds. This has resulted in the use of higher specification materials and products such as pumps than may normally be used in a commercial high-rise structure. It has also meant the need for detailed stress analysis at the pipework expansion and contraction points because of the extreme nature and size of the MEP services being installed. We're operating at higher pressures than you would normally see in the construction industry generally," explains Mitchell.

It's quite easy to specify - you specify by the design pressure - but when it comes to actually selecting the equipment there's a lot of responsibility involved in making sure that we get the right products for the application," he stresses. All equipment used in the MEP systems has also passed anti-seismic and anti-vibration specifications that take into account the natural movement and deflection of the building. The building is split into five zones, with the main mechanical and electrical plantrooms located at approximately 30-floor intervals. These typically feed the 15 floors above and 15 floors below.

The primary distribution route for services is through main risers within the central core of the structure, which remains the same size to level 150 despite the overall building shape tapering with height. The smaller floor footprints at the higher levels mean that lower capacities of plant such as pumps, air handling units and heat exchangers are needed. A central building management system (bms) will oversee the MEP system operations throughout the tower. Local control panels will be mounted in each plantroom and the podium, these outstations will communicate with each other and the central bms control rooms over a main fibre optic backbone cabling system.

All MEP systems will be connected to the bms, which is used to control and monitor all the services distributed around the building. The bms will interface with other systems such as fire alarms, security and the hotel management system to provide a fully integrated control and monitoring system for the entire project.

Installation of services

With the tower central to a very tight site within an inner-city location, a major logistics plan was needed to ensure build schedules could be maintained and materials and labour delivered to the correct place when needed. Most deliveries have been made during the night and storage space has been made available to the MEP contractors within the podium and basement areas of the tower so bulk supplies of materials could be ordered.

"Great thought was given regarding the material and labour movement inside the building," assures Greg Sang, director - projects, Emaar. "For example, all materials are shifted to the job place during the night time and each contractor is given specific timings for shifting materials and labour," he adds.

PROJECT: Burj Dubai

• Client: Emaar Properties
• Project manager: Turner Construction International
• Main contractor: Samsung Corporation
• Architect and designer: Skidmore, Owings and Merrill (SOM)
• Supervision consultant: Hyder Consulting Middle East
• MEP consultant: Skidmore, Owings and Merrill (SOM)
• MEP contractor: ETA-Voltas-Hitachi Plant JV
• Lighting designer: FMS
• Lift contractor: Otis
• ELV contractor: Johnson Controls


• Tender date: April 2005
• Construction start date: August 2005


• AHUs: Klimak
• BMS: Honeywell
• Boilers: Hurst
• Cable: Ducab
• Cable management: Barton, KSC
• CCTV: Bosch, Johnson Control
• Chilled water pumps: KSB
• Chillers: Trane
• CHW valves: Milwaukee
• Commissioning valves: Tour & Andersson
• Controls: Honeywell
• Control valves: Honeywell
• Drainage: National Plastics, Spears
• Ductwork: Emirates Ducts, Weathermaker
• Electrical accessories: Crabtree
• Electrical distribution: ABB
• Emergency luminaries: CEAG
• Expansion joints: ATS/Yoo Chang
• Extract fans: Greenheck
• Fan coil units: Mekar
• Fire alarm/detection: Honeywell
• Fire dampers: KBE
• Fire pumps: ITT AC
• Fire smoke dampers: KBE
• Flues: Midtherm
• Grilles and diffusers: Air Master, Anemostat
• Heat exchangers: Alfa Laval
• HV switchgear: ABB
• Insulation: Cape East, Kimmco
• Lighting controls: Dynalite
• LV switchgear: ABB
• Plumbing pumps: ITT Lowara, ITT Vogel
• Power busbar: Cutler Hammer, Eaton
• Pressure independent control valves: Tour & Andersson
• Public address system: Crolon, Tanoy
• Pressurisation: Armstrong
• Sanitaryware: Duravit, Hansgrohe, Dornbracht
• Sewage/sump pumps: Grundfos
• Sound attenuation: Prime Tech
• Sprinklers: NAFFCO
• Standby generation: Caterpillar
• VAV boxes: Solid Air
• Water heaters: AO Smith


• 121,000 light fittings;
• 170 pumps;
• 34km chilled water pipework;
• 4,000 fan coil units;
• 140 air handling units;
• 3,600 fans;
• 52 heat exchangers;
• 225,000 chilled water pipe fittings;
• 33,000 chilled water valves;
• 74.15MW electrical load;
• 1.8 million metres of conduit;
• 55km cable tray;
• 1.5 km of busbar;
• 250km lv cables;
• 20km of mv cables;
• 71 transformers;
• 5,000 facade lights;
• 375km fire alarm cabling;
• 10,000TR cooling load.

Saturday, May 24, 2008

Burj Dubai May 24th 2008 photo update

Burj Dubai May 24th 2008 photo update, here is a areal photo of Dubai and the Burj Dubai.

Friday, May 23, 2008

Burj Dubai birdman

A British man has leapt from the Burj Dubai to successfully complete the world’s highest BASE jump from a building - and promptly landed himself a date in court next week. The 36-year-old adventurer clambered up 150 floors of stairs without being spotted by security guards before leaping with a parachute just after 5am as dawn broke. He was arrested soon after landing.

“The Burj Dubai is the world’s tallest building and is a marvel of the world. I wanted to honour it, Emaar and Dubai by jumping safely from it,” he told 7DAYS. “I’m a sportsman, not a criminal. I’m responsible for my actions, but I’m regretful of any trouble it has caused the Dubai authorities as this wasn’t my intention.” The man, who wished to remain anonymous until his court case, added: “I have over 250 BASE jumps and many more skydives. All my jumps are planned carefully to minimise any risk to myself, anyone else and the object that I’m jumping from.” Officials at Public Prosecution said the man was arrested following last month’s jump and is due in court next week charged with illegally entering a property.

He could face one year in jail and a fine of dhs5,000. “His helmet had a video camera to record his jump. He didn’t try to get permission from Emaar because he was afraid that they would reject his request. He wanted to enter the ‘Guinness World Records’,” a source close to the case said. “He came to the UAE specifically to do the jump. His altimeter said he jumped from a height of more than 600 metres.” Defence lawyer Hamdan Al-Harmi, a partner in Al-Sharif Advocates, maintained that his client was not guilty of anything. “Jumping from a building is not a crime because my client is professional and was secured,” he said. “He has done many jumps before and he knew what he was doing. It is not a crime to enter an under-construction building and he didn’t know that it was forbidden to do so. He had no evil intentions.”

A second BASE jumper, a 47-year-old Frenchman, was arrested last month at the tower with his parachute equipment as he also attempted the feat. He was stopped before he jumped and has also been charged with illegally entering a building. The term BASE jumping is derived from the four categories of fixed objects from which a parachute jump can be made - building, antenna, span and earth.

Thursday, May 22, 2008

Burj Dubai to be 825 meters not 819

The Burj Dubai will be measured from the concourse level when completed and final height will in fact be 825 meters and not 819 meters as I have been posting. Everyone has been measuring from highest ground level which is ground level, but as you can see here the concourse level is the one facing the lake.

The "main" entrance

This is where the boutique, office, lobby, meeting, ballrooms, restaurants, loading docks, mep/pool are located.

Wednesday, May 21, 2008

Burj Dubai from Al Safa Park

Its nice to post photos of Dubai that are green with flowers and trees... So many of the photos of Dubai that we see are brown and grey and it looks like everything is just one big desert. When in fact there are many green spots in Dubai, in the future when the canals are finished Dubai will be far more green and beautiful.

Photo was taken from Al Safa Park

Photo was taken from Dubai Marina Resort

Tuesday, May 20, 2008

Burj Dubai from Burj Al Arab Hotel

The first photo is a areal from the Burj Al Arab Hotel looking toward downtown Dubai and the Burj Dubai. You will want to click on this photo and see the full size image as its nice photo of greater Dubai. the lower three photos are of the Burj Dubai and surrounding towers at sun set. The reflection off the cladding is most beautiful in these photos.

Burj Dubai is now the worlds tallest man made structure

The construction workers at the Burj Dubai site have set two steel beams of level 10 of the spire works. As of now the Burj Dubai is at level 170 650 meters or 2132 feet in height and the tallest man made structure of all time. Here is the latest Burj Dubai diagram that shows the two new steel beams in place.

Monday, May 19, 2008

Burj Dubai May 19th 2008 photo update

Burj Dubai May 19th 2008 photo update, The Boulevard is progressing, they planted some palms, leveled the road, etc., and the entry from Doha Road has now been shifted, the elevated road can be finished this way. They have also started excavation and construction of the underground parking garage beneath the boulevard. More residential towers will be ready to rise soon and the earea around the Burj Dubai will be more compact. Once the Dubai Mall is finished we will see a lot of progress in this area, right now the area is used for storage and logistics.

Sunday, May 18, 2008

Burj Dubai May 18th 2008 photo update

Burj Dubai May 18th 2008 photo update, here is a construction and cladding photo update. I would expect the 10th steel level to start in the next couple days. Then the Burj Dubai goes from "Worlds tallest tower" to "Worlds tallest man made structure"

Detail diagram of Burj Dubai's pinnacle

Here is a Detail diagram of Burj Dubai's pinnacle, you have to be inside the pinnacle to climb up the internal ladder. then at tier 25, 26 and 27 you stand on a internal grate and open a small door which takes you out onto each small balcony.

Below tier24, you have an internal room which has access by ladder. (you also have ladder access all the way through the pinnacle which starts way down at tier20B.) For everyone to understand the pinnacle is see through so you see the ladders. The spire tiers above tier24 is also see-through thus actually the pinnacle is visable from tier24 , or rises 80m above this tier. I wonder which is the last section to have see through windows? The workman is 1.8m to scale.

The Burj Dubai then and now

Here is two photos taken from similar angles of downtown Dubai, the Burj Dubai is the tallest structure by far. :D The first photo was taken in November 2007 and the second photo today.. You can see the change that has taken place over the past six months not only to the Burj Dubai but also to many other parts of the city skyline. To me the change that has taken place in only six short months is beyond amazing! and this is just from one single angle.. In 5, 10, 20 years from now we can only imagine what this city will look like and be.

Saturday, May 17, 2008

Burj Dubai May 17th 2008 photo update

Burj Dubai May 17th 2008 photo update, here is some photos from around the city of the Burj Dubai. you can see the Burj Dubai from just about any place you go in Dubai now as the building is so tall its above normal obstructions.

Burj Dubai and Burj Al Arab Hotel

Someone ask if I could post a photo of the Burj Dubai and Burj Al Arab hotel in the same photo. Here is one such photo, there are many more on this blog the only thing is your going to have to go through and find them as ive not done a good job in describing every building in each scene.

A little about the Burj Al Arab Hotel

The Burj Al Arab (Arabic: برج العرب, literally, Tower of the Arabs) is a luxury hotel located in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. Burj Al Arab is managed by the Jumeirah Group. It was designed by British architect Tom Wright of WS Atkins PLC[verification needed] with the design and construction managed by Canadian engineer Rick Gregory of WS Atkins. At 321 metres (1,053 ft), it is the tallest building used exclusively as a hotel. However, the Rose Tower, also in Dubai, which has already topped Burj Al Arab's height at 333 m (1,090 ft), will take away this title upon its opening in April 2008. The Burj Al Arab stands on an artificial island 280 metres (919 ft) out from Jumeirah beach, and is connected to the mainland by a private curving bridge. It is an iconic structure, designed to symbolize Dubai's urban transformation and to mimic the sail of a boat.

Several features of the hotel required complex engineering feats to achieve. The hotel rests on an artificial island constructed 280 meters offshore. To secure a foundation, the builders drove 230 40-meter long concrete piles into the sand. The foundation is held in place not by bedrock, but by the friction of the sand and silt along the length of the piles.

Engineers created a surface layer of large rocks, which is circled with a concrete honey-comb pattern, which serves to protect the foundation from erosion. It took three years to reclaim the land from the sea, but less than three years to construct the building itself. The building contains over 70,000 cubic meters of concrete and 9,000 tons of steel.

Inside the building, the atrium is 180 meters (590 ft) tall. During the construction phase, to lower the interior temperature, the building was cooled by one degree per day over 6 months. This was to prevent large amounts of "condensation or in fact even a rain cloud from forming in the hotel during the period of construction." This task was accomplished by several cold air nozzles, which point down from the top of the ceiling, and blast a 1 meter cold air pocket down the inside of the sail. This creates a buffer zone, which controls the interior temperature without massive energy costs.

Burj Al Arab characterizes itself as the world's only "7-star" property, a designation considered by travel professionals to be hyperbole. All major travel guides and hotel rating systems have a 5-star maximum, which some hotels attempt to out-do by ascribing themselves "6-star" status. Yet according to the Burj Al Arab's official site, the hotel is a "5-star deluxe hotel". It is the world's tallest structure with a membrane façade and the world's tallest hotel (not including buildings with mixed use) and was the first 5-star hotel to surpass 1,000 ft (305 m) in height.

The building design features a steel exoskeleton wrapped around a reinforced concrete tower. Notably the building is shaped like the sail of a dhow, with two "wings" spread in a V to form a vast "mast". The space between the wings is enclosed by a Teflon-coated fibreglass sail, curving across the front of the building and creating an atrium inside. The sail is made of a material called Dyneon, spanning over 161,000 square feet (15,000 m²), consists of two layers, and is divided into twelve panels and installed vertically. The fabric is coated with DuPont Teflon to protect it from harsh desert heat, wind, and dirt; as a result, "the fabricators estimate that it will hold up for up to 50 years. The whole design in itself was orginally put forward to the design committee by Edah Yllib, a Scandanavian designer. It took great mathematical thinking by this designer, but in the end proved very successful."

During the day, the white fabric allows a soft, milky light inside the hotel, whereas a clear glass front would produce blinding amounts of glare and a constantly increasing temperature. At night, both inside and outside, the fabric is lit by color-changing lights. During the period of mourning following the death of Sheikh Maktoum bin Rashid Al Maktoum in January 2006, the light show and some water features were turned off.

Near the top of the building is a suspended helipad supported by a cantilever. The helipad has featured some of the hotel's notable publicity events. Irish singer Ronan Keating shot his music video Iris on the helipad. In March 2004, professional golfer Tiger Woods hit several golf balls from the helipad into the Persian Gulf, while in February 2005, professional tennis players Roger Federer and Andre Agassi played an unranked game on the helipad, which was temporarily converted into a grass tennis court, at a height of 211 meters. The helipad has no borders or fences on the edges and if a player hit a winner the tennis balls would plunge down to the ground.

Friday, May 16, 2008

Burj Dubai May 16th 2008 photo update

Burj Dubai May 16th 2008 photo update, here is three very nice photos of the Burj dubai and the second two photos show just how much construction is going on in Dubai. We need to look past these photos and at the cranes! that is the future of Dubai, it's in the cranes. As amazing as all the current photos are, they will never be the same as they are just a record of that moment in time. Tomorrow the scene will change and Dubai will be a little different, in its march to becoming one of the greatest city's in the world.

Thursday, May 15, 2008

Burj Dubai at the Cityscape Abu Dhabi 2008

Burj Dubai at the Cityscape Abu Dhabi 2008 the rad models are wind tunnel models to test the behaviour of the wind on the towers. They are packed full with electronics and other stuff so therefore really expensive.