Burj Dubai work to finish on time


Emaar Properties, developer of the $900 million Burj Dubai, has said the world’s tallest tower will meet its scheduled completion dates despite continued delays to the exterior facade of the building.

The concrete structure remains exposed to the elements due mainly to the bankruptcy of Swiss-based curtain walling giant Schmidlin last year, the parent company of Schmidlin, which was contracted to install the tower’s exterior materials.

Greg Sang, Emaar’s assistant director of projects and the man overseeing the entire $20 billion Downtown Burj Dubai development, said the tower was now “the tallest building in the world without glass”, but said it will be completed by fourth quarter 2008, as originally scheduled.

Sang remained tight-lipped on the final height of the building, but said it would be more than 700 metres. Work has reached 119 storeys and will rise to an unspecified figure above 160 floors.

The tower’s occupied floors will be entirely made of concrete, while steel will be used to construct the very upper levels.

More info:  Gulf News article


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