Dubai, UAE; January 4, 2010: The worlds tallest tower, developed byEmaar Properties, was unveiled tonight to a crowd of thousands and theworld in a crescendo of fireworks, lasers and fountain displays.The official height of the tower, unveiled as Burj Khalifa, was announcedas 828 metres (2,716.5 ft).A closely guarded secret, the official height of Burj Khalifa was flashedonto a giant screen before an estimated crowd of more than 400,000, aslasers and fireworks lit up the night sky.Fireworks cascaded from the towers spire to the base and lasers blazedout from all levels leaving the crowds awestruck.The height was disclosed in arithmetic progression, with the numbersbeing flashed onto the screen, one after another. The towers heightbreaks all existing world records for tall buildings.Burj Khalifa is the tallest building in the world according to the threemain criteria of the Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat(CTBUH). The CTBUH ranks the world’s tallest buildings based on‘Height to Architectural Top,’ ‘Height to Highest Occupied Floor’ and‘Height to Tip.’At 828 metres (2,716.5ft), Burj Khalifa is 320 metres taller than Taipei101, which at 508 metres (1,667 ft) had held the record for the world’stallest building measured to the architectural top since 2004, the yearthe project was announced.Burj Khalifa achieved the distinction of being the worlds tallest structure– surpassing the KVLY-TV mast (628.8 metres; 2,063 ft) in North Dakota,USA – 1,325 days after excavation work started in January 2004.The tower also beats the 31-year-old record of CN Tower, which at553.33 metres (1,815.5 ft) had been the world’s tallest free-standingstructure on land since 1976.Burj Khalifa employs a record-breaking 330,000 cubic metres ofconcrete, 39,000 metric tonnes of steel rebar and 142,000 square metresof glass; and it took 22 million man hours to build.Other world records for Burj Khalifa include the highest occupied floor inthe world, at over 550 metres (1,800 ft); the highest outdoor observationdeck in the world – At the Top on Level 124; and the tallest serviceelevator, which travels to a height of 504 metres (1,654 ft).
Mr. Mohamed Alabbar, Chairman, Emaar Properties, said that with theunveiling of the final height of Burj Khalifa, the world now had a newreference point for high-rise developments.“Burj Khalifa is an example of collaboration on a global scale, and thetremendous positive energy that can be generated when people from allover the world come together to work towards a common goal.Thousands of professionals and skilled workers from around the worldworked on this once-in-a-lifetime project.”“More than 60 of the world’s leading consultants including South Korea’sSamsung Corporation and New York-based Turner ConstructionInternational realised the design for Burj Khalifa of Chicago-basedSkidmore, Owings and Merrill (SOM),” he said.Burj Khalifa employed the latest advances in wind engineering,structural engineering, structural systems, construction materials andmethods. All design considerations took into account the 12,000 peoplewho will live and work in the tower. The handover to residents of thevarious components of Burj Khalifa will begin in February.With a total built-up area of about 6 million sq ft, Burj Khalifa featuresnearly 2 million sq ft of residential space and over 300,000 sq ft of primeoffice space, in addition to the area occupied by the keenly awaitedArmani Hotel Dubai and the Armani Residences. The tower also featuresmodern lifestyle amenities including clubs, health and fitness facilities,gourmet restaurants and the 124th floor observation deck, At the Top.Burj Khalifa is the focal point of the 500-acre ‘mega-project’ by EmaarProperties, described as the new heart of Dubai. FIRE WORKS PHOTOSFireworks to mark Burj Dubai inaugurationThe inauguration of Burj Dubai, the world’s tallest building, developed byEmaar Properties, will feature a spectacular display of sound, light, waterand fireworks on the evening of Jan 4.A combination of dazzling fireworks, light beams, choreographed water displays, andsound & music effects will describe the evolution of the world’s most iconic newbuilding in a breathtaking sensory journey.
In all, 868 high-powered ‘stroboscope’ lights will be integrated into the facade of BurjDubai and the tower’s spire – and each stroboscope will be fired individually to create aseries of hypnotic lighting sequences.The entire display is controlled by a sophisticated arrangement of ultra high-tech ITsystems, which choreograph at least 50 different sequences of lighting, fireworks, waterand sound effects.Event experts from France, Britain and the United States collaborated on the project,demonstrating the global spirit of teamwork which defines Burj Dubai itself.Powerful strobe lights will be fixed near the pinnacle of the tower, and six ‘narrow beam’search lights will be positioned 700 metres up the tower.The entire inauguration show consists of a pre-show and three themed acts – From theDesert Flower to Burj Dubai, Heart Beat, and From Dubai & the UAE to the World - anda firework finale.A giant screen on Burj Park Island, as well as several television screens placed acrossDowntown Burj Dubai including the Waterfront Promenade, will broadcast theinauguration in real-time. Hundreds of international media, including Dubai TV, willreport live from the scene.The public can watch at the inauguration ceremony from the Waterfront Promenadeadjacent to The Dubai Mall.The inauguration performance begins with a short film which depicts the story of Dubaiand the evolution of Burj Dubai as the world’s tallest building. A preciselychoreographed sound, light, water and fireworks display then follows.The first act in the light & sound show, themed ‘From the Desert Flower to Burj Dubai,’is a co-ordinated water, light and firework display. Guests can watch the unfolding ofthe desert lily, Hymenocallis, the design inspiration of Burj Dubai. The segment endswith a rhythmic water and fireworks show.The second act, ‘Heart Beat,’ captures the construction of the tower in a dynamic lightshow. An astonishing example of technological innovation, the display recreates theeffect of a beating heart and uses no fewer than 300 ‘space canon projectors’ togenerate a shadow-like image of the tower.In the third act, ‘From Dubai and the UAE to the World,’ sky tracers and space canonsenvelop the tower in a strong halo of white light before reproducing the sun beams ofthe Emaar corporate logo. These then expand in all directions as the lighting rig on thetower’s spire activates.In its spectacular finale, the show will feature an impressive show of 10,000 fireworkeffects on and from the tower, envisaged as the highest in the world. The sparklingdisplay will illuminate the entire Downtown Burj Dubai area.Ahmad Al Matrooshi, Managing Director, UAE, Emaar Properties, said that theperformance would be unprecedented and symbolic of Burj Dubai’s pioneering status.
“Just as Burj Dubai leaves an indelible impression on the mind’s eye, so theperformance dedicated to the tower’s inauguration on January 4 will be a memory tocherish.”Standing at more than 800 metres (2,625 ft) high and with over 160 storeys, Burj Dubaiis the world’s tallest building developed by Emaar Properties. The tower anchors the500-acre Downtown Burj Dubai community, described as the new heart of the city.