Burj Dubai Update January 2008
Construction continues at a furious pace on the Burj Dubai skyscraper. The latest update on the 27th December states that the current floor having been completed is 158, making the tower 598.5 meters tall thus far. After the next 30 meters have been finished, the Burj will be the world’s tallest structure.
Some interesting facts about the tower after completion:
- The tower will be constructed of 26 separate parts
- The tip of the spire will be seen by the naked eye from 60 miles away
- The tower’s water system will provide an average of 250,000 gallons of water a day
- The tower’s electrical system will require 36 mVA, equivalent to 360,000 100 watt light bulbs
- The Burj will contain the World’s highest elevator
- 300,000 cubic yards of concrete will have been used in the construction along with 31,400 metric tons of rebar – if the rebar was laid end to end, it would stretch a quarter of the way around the World – the real World, not the Islands
- The elevators will travel at 10 meters per second – 22.36 miles per hour
- The tower’s automatic window washing systems will take 3 to 4 months to clean the building completely – once
- The tower will house one of the first Armani hotels, although what a clothes designer knows about running hotels eludes us
And the truly spectacular photos were taken by imredubai, whose flickr page along with dozens more great photos is here.