By Gavin Davids www.arabianbusiness.com
Burj Khalifa, the world’s tallest building, is readying to welcome its first residents, with Emaar Properties currently conducting an orientation programme for Armani Residences homeowners.
Although the interiors of the Armani Residences and The Residences in the Burj Khalifa are still in their final stages, Emaar said that the work is progressing at a fast pace.
The Armani Residences will be the first to be handed over, with the 144 private apartments, the first of their kind, being personally designed by Giorgio Armani.
These will be followed by the opening of the Armani Hotel Dubai, which will occupy the concourse to Level 8 and Levels 38 and 39.
In a statement, the developer said: “The Residences, comprising 900 apartments, and The Corporate Suites, a collection of high end offices, will be handed over to customers starting March.”
It added: “The handover programme can take anywhere from two to six months.”
Burj Khalifa, formerly Burj Dubai and renamed after the president of the UAE, was opened on Jan 4, as part of a 500 acre self contained mega development by Emaar Properties.
In February, Emaar had closed the tower’s observation deck for maintainence, a month after its fanfare opening.
A Burj Khalifa spokeswoman said that technical issues with the power supply were being worked on, and that the public would be informed upon completion.
Emaar Properties has spent $1.5 billion on the tower since construction began in 2004, and at the peak of construction 12,000 workers were involved.