The politically-charged project has experienced waves of delays and price increases in the decade since the September 11th attacks, almost doubling from its original estimate of $2 billion. Even at these more modest numbers, however, the tower would still have dwarfed other global projects, including the Burj Khalifa - the world’s tallest tower - at a mere $1.5 billion.
A group of terrified tourists have told how they were trapped in a lift for almost an hour 124 floors above the ground in the world's tallest building. Visitors on the observation deck half-mile-high Burj Khalifa heard a loud boom, then saw dust that looked like smoke seeping through a crack in a lift door.
The lights of the Burj Khalifa will go out and cities across the nation will be plunged into darkness this evening as the UAE's landmark buildings join the Eiffel Tower, Sydney Opera House and New York's Times Square in observing the biggest climate change awareness event in the world.
Buildings that end up in the Guinness Book of Records are standard in the UAE. They come in all shapes and sizes from the world's tallest tower, Emaar's Burj Khalifa in Dubai, to the world's roundest office building, Aldar's circular HQ in Abu Dhabi, and "iconic" is the default description for every major new project.
Six Construct, a Belgian company that helped to build the Burj Khalifa, and its Saudi partner, El Seif Engineering Contracting, are vying for the project against Australia’s Multiplex Construction and Saudi BinLadin Group, one of the biggest construction companies in the region
The developer of Burj 2020, billed to be the world’s tallest commercial building, plans to have a 360 degree observation deck on the topmost floor of the mega tall structure, Emirates 24|7 can reveal.
The under-construction Chandrodaya Mandir in Vrindavan, designed to be the world’s tallest temple, will have its foundation five metres deeper than the famous Burj Khalifa in Dubai. “The foundation of...