The Burj Khalifa in Dubai

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The Burj Khalifa
Official name:Burj Khalifa Bin Zayed
Also known as:Burj Dubai
Also known as:Tower of Khalifa
Formerly:Burj Dubai

No. 1, Burj Dubai Boulevard, Dubai, Dubai, Al Wasl Al Wasl United Arab Emirates
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Text by Wayne Lorentz

The early 2000's was an exciting time in the skyscraper race. A number of monster projects were announced, each taller than the last. But of all the lofty promises made, The Burj Khalifa was one of the very few completed.

Because of the competition, it wasn't until the building officially opened in January, 2010 that the public learned its actual height: 2,717 feet. There had been rumors for years that the design kept getting tweaked taller as rival buildings with taller heights were announced. But you get to a point where you have to eventually stop building, and for The Burj Khalifa, that point is at 828 meters.

Dubai is no stranger to monumental skyscrapers, but this one sets a new standard. Aesthetically, the Burj Dubai is a brilliant shard of glass piercing the Arabian sky. It is formed by three main shafts arranged in a Y shape. Their setbacks taper in a spiral pattern until the Burj Dubai becomes a spire in the sky. In any city, this would be a monumental structure. On the flat plain of Dubai, it is a shock to behold, and visible for dozens of miles.

But this tower does not stand on its own. It is part of a 500-acre complex of offices, hotels, shops, lagoons, and public space that are a technological, economic, and social oasis all on its own.

Quick Facts
Statistics
  • This building has about 30 setbacks.
  • Underground parking spaces: 16,000
Timeline
  • January, 2004: Construction began.
  • September 20, 2004: The first concrete was poured for the foundation.
  • June 26, 2005: Gulf News reported that the estimated total cost for the Burj Dubai complex rose to US$5,500,000,000.
  • July 16, 2005: Construction Week magazine reported that the designers of the Burj Dubai were reconsidering their decision to use stainless steel on the exterior of the tower because prices jumped from US$400 a ton to $2,200 in just two years.
  • March 23, 2006: The Associated Press reported that 2,500 construction workers rioted because of low pay and poor treatment, doing an estimated US$1,000,000 in damage. Thousands of construction workers at other Dubai projects also went on a sympathy strike.
  • April 16, 2006: AME Info reported that the Burj Dubai was going to be at least 200 stories tall, a number that turned out to be false.
  • September 1, 2006: Construction reached 70 stories.
  • October 1, 2006: Construction reached 75 stories.
  • October 31, 2006: Construction reached 80 stores and 850 feet / 259 meters. That height made it taller than the tallest building in Europe.
  • November 11, 2006: ITPBusiness reported that construction was being delayed by a shortage of exterior cladding material.
  • April 6, 2007: The tower reached a record-breaking 120 stories.
  • July 21, 2007: This building passes Taipei 101 as the tallest building on Earth.
  • August 12, 2007: Passed 1,730 feet in height -- higher than the antennae atop the former Sears Tower in Chicago.
  • August 29, 2007: Passed the CN Tower in Toronto to become the world's tallest free-standing structure.
  • September 3, 2007: Passed 1,772 feet in height -- higher than the Ostankino Tower in Moscow.
  • May, 2008: This building passes the KVLY Television tower in North Dakota to become the tallest man-made object on Earth.
  • May 20, 2008: A worker is crushed to death by an exterior panel.
  • May 24, 2008: A British man parachuted off of the Burj Dubai just days after it rose to a height making it the tallest man-made structure ever built. He managed to sneak past security guards and walk up more than 150 stories of stairs with all of his gear without being noticed.
  • June 17, 2008: Arabian Business reported that the height of this building was increased by planners, but remains secret.
  • October, 2008: This building reached 2,257 feet, making it taller than the demolished Warsaw Radio tower in Poland, formerly the tallest man-made structure ever to exist.
  • December, 2008: The spire was erected at the top of this building, giving it its full height.
  • December 30, 2008: Original scheduled completion date.
  • January 17, 2009: Building topps out at 2,684 feet.
  • July 12, 2009: Zawya reports that the opening of this building will be delayed three months until December 2, 2009.
  • November, 2009: The opening date was pushed back to January 4, 2010.
  • January 4, 2010: The building opened to the public.
  • January 4, 2010: This building was renamed Burj Khalifa Bin Zayed.
  • January 4, 2010: The building's official height was revealed: 2,717 feet / 828 meters.
  • February 8, 2010: The building's observation deck shut down. The building owners blame electrical problems and high demand.
  • February 9, 2010: More information came out about the shutdown of the building's observation deck. Witnesses tell local media that there was a loud bang and smoke poured from the elevator shaft before people were seen climbing up a ladder to safety. People were trapped on the observation deck for an hour. The Dubai government calls it a "minor" incident.
  • April 3, 2010: The observation deck reopened.
Notes
  • Architect: Adrian Smith
  • Developer: Emaar Properties
  • The foundation is made up of 192 concrete and steel pilings more than 164 feet (50 meters) deep. They are joined by a 12-foot-thick raft upon which the skyscraper rests.
  • 45,000 cubic meters of concrete was used in the foundation.
  • The hotel in the Burj Dubai is going to be an Armani-branded hotel. In keeping with Islamic custom it will have separate hours for women and men at the pool.
  • The footprint of this building is in the shape of a hymenocallis, a desert flower native to the area.
  • According to an interview in Construction Week, the air conditioning chillers installed on the 155th and 159th floor are so high that their design had to take into account the thinner air at that elevation.
Stacking Diagram
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Did You Know?
  • When this building opened, its interior was decorated with more than 1,000 original works of art.
Quotations
  • "The tower design created by celebrity architect Adrian Smith for Chicago-based Skidmore, Owings and Merrill is inspired from the geometrics of the desert flower and the patterning systems employed in Islamic architecture. It combines these historical and cultural influences with cutting-edge technology to achieve a high performance building which will set the new standard for development in the Middle East and become the model for the future of the city of Dubai."

    -Robert Booth, Executive Director, Emaar Properties

  • "The tower goes up in steps in a spiralling way. In Islamic architecture, this symbolises ascending towards the heavens."

    -Architect Adrien Smith, Turkish Weekly, August 10, 2005

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There are 341 comments.

  Its very beautifull and mind bloning.thats in eugh,

AWAIS & Shahbaz& Seth haroon - Saturday, March 5th, 2011 @ 11:57am  

  this building is unique and being the tallest in the world,it will be the 8th wonders of the world

shahjahan mohamed shariff - Saturday, January 23rd, 2010 @ 12:56pm  

  Really this is beautiful & it has unique design,it is really admirable ,it is eighth wonders of the world

Iqbaluddin - Wednesday, January 20th, 2010 @ 10:23pm  

  this is amezing un beliveable fantastic.this is dubai this is modern world

tusher ahamed - Tuesday, January 19th, 2010 @ 4:24pm  

  this is fantastic,I will visit again

shaban - Tuesday, January 19th, 2010 @ 1:54pm  

  just A M A Z I N G

GEORGE SPYRIDAKIS - Saturday, January 16th, 2010 @ 10:13am  

  Congratulation Sheikh Al Dubaiits really hard to explain the beauty of this TOWER. Well done Dubai. It has written the history.

arif mohammad chhipa ASIND Bhilwara Rajasthan - Saturday, January 16th, 2010 @ 4:58am  

  This building is really a masterpiece of modern architecture. It is a worderful work that combines the tradition of ancient cultures with the newest technology. A great symbol of the mankind.

Sebastiao Carpi Jr. - Friday, January 15th, 2010 @ 7:53am  

  wow wow wow!! It's more than awesome! I can't find any words to describe it. If i had 100 thumbs, then I would give 100 thumbs up!

winina - Wednesday, January 13th, 2010 @ 9:03am  

  Just amazing! I hope I can visit Dubai one day!

Andres - Tuesday, January 12th, 2010 @ 12:34pm  

   First Class! Congratulations!

balo - Monday, January 11th, 2010 @ 1:24pm  

  Wow! Dubai now is famous because of this modern tower of babel. I would like to congratulate the architect of this building. I salute you!!!!!

Sechme - Sunday, January 10th, 2010 @ 9:40am  

  really this is amazing building in the world.Its beautiness,glamour,hight is beyond the mind.If I get the chance to see it,will not miss in any codition.really its miracle.......

SHIV KUMAR - Friday, January 8th, 2010 @ 6:23am  

  THIS is very beautiful building.I like and amazing to see the work of workers .I give them congrats to complete their mission.

Mujtaba - Thursday, January 7th, 2010 @ 12:53pm  

  best building in world. This building is awesome. Hope to visit it once in my life.Regards to all highrise fans.

vaibhav - Wednesday, January 6th, 2010 @ 6:01am  

  mind blowing... thanx to technology and the people who worked for it... ...wonder ful creation

Kushagra Sen - Tuesday, January 5th, 2010 @ 10:51am  

  this is very beautiful building. in dubai every building is nice but this is very very nice building.i congratulations to its owner & all team that work and made this beautiful building

Waqas Ahmed Jutt - Tuesday, January 5th, 2010 @ 9:59am  

  Its like an modern time Pyramid; coming generation will admire it as we do now for Egyptian Pyramids

Mohammed Rizwan - Tuesday, January 5th, 2010 @ 7:37am  

  This is an accomplishment beyond much anything anyone has done before. I hope that this great tower will reign in a new era of super-structures. I honestly cannot wait untill development on buildings such as this start to become a reality here in the states. I completely admire the design, and the fact that some have finally decided that the world is ready for a structure as incredible as this. I shall await the final completed tower as i check for updates on the construction every day.

sanjai - Monday, January 4th, 2010 @ 9:34pm  

  It an amazing structure.. all i can say is WOW.. I really wanna visit dis tower & take a look from the top floor.. CONGRATS to all engineers & other people who worked on this project... The world can see your hard work & the effort you guys put in..

Salman S - Monday, January 4th, 2010 @ 8:23pm  

  It truly is a masterpeice, one of the new wonders of the world, but also alas one of the most prized targets of the world? I hope my feelings are wrong.

David - Monday, January 4th, 2010 @ 6:48pm  

  its amazing.it looks like a rocket.its a Muslim's identity.cangratulations to who worked in that tower

shaheer - Monday, January 4th, 2010 @ 4:24pm  

  Burj Dubai one of the best in mankind or i should say man's creation.

Amit Burman - Monday, January 4th, 2010 @ 11:59am  

  Its really hard to explain the beauty of this TOWER. Well done Dubai. It has written the history.

Imran - Monday, January 4th, 2010 @ 10:15am  

  very best destination in dubai.congratulation for the grand opening.

ramesh kumar sharma - Monday, January 4th, 2010 @ 10:09am  

  It's simply amazing!Wow... another achievements for all the people behind on that project especially the country represents on it of course to the owner too. Congratulations! More POwer!

Epin - Monday, January 4th, 2010 @ 2:04am  

  I was in Dubai last sep. 2009 and my orientation about life change completely. How I wish our Government learn from this fast growing City. Good job UAE.

faryad hussain - Sunday, January 3rd, 2010 @ 11:47am  

  It is indeed a great sign of man's creation will give boast to other nations to do some thing great. Now the domination of Europe and USA is over in construction work

Intikhab - Friday, December 4th, 2009 @ 10:45am  

  Bubble economy monument. It will be the tallest building under water.

Sekouba Samake - Thursday, December 3rd, 2009 @ 3:28pm  

  beautifull structure& design for looking

mujahid ali - Sunday, November 22nd, 2009 @ 2:57am  

  Its a brilliant design and I think its longevity is unknown. the design is almost the best (a cone) but looks better. I hope the construction materials have satifactory strength. It gave a lot of people work and wages and they could have been paid more but there would have been fewer people employed. You win some, you lose some. Anyway its a great building and I hope to get there some day.

Terry - Friday, November 6th, 2009 @ 3:49am  

  This shows Dubai is turnig to worlds number one turist destination what a fantastic city icon!!

Kaleb Deribe - Tuesday, October 13th, 2009 @ 5:37am  

  When you have the world at your feet, nothing stops turning a dream into reality. Congrats Sheik Al Maktoum, a great visionary.

rik - Monday, October 12th, 2009 @ 2:18am  

  Simply supeberb and outstanding all the best

savio dcruze - Friday, October 9th, 2009 @ 8:37am  

  It's ironic, the same part of the world that supplied the 9/11 terrorists, will soon have the world's tallest building. We should have let Donald Trump rebuild the Twin Towers in NYC.

Peter Walukiewicz - Tuesday, September 1st, 2009 @ 6:08pm  

  It's really an interesting building, as I'm a student of Architecture so I haven't seen such a great building ever. I hope it will be the heighest building in the world and will be a honor for the team.

Sayed Muslim - Monday, August 10th, 2009 @ 4:02am  

  Its amazing but i hope they will go to 207 i am the one of the member in that team. Its amazing and lovely to see and enjoy

S.A.Raheem - Tuesday, July 28th, 2009 @ 7:52am  

  BEAUTIFUL....I didn't think 206 stories was possible but there you go! Sure hope the power never goes out!

Byron Landiss Graves - Monday, July 27th, 2009 @ 2:31pm  

  It's amazing. I hope to see it in real soon. :)

David Chitanava - Monday, July 27th, 2009 @ 5:09am  

  this building is awesome.i wish to see it real with my naked eyes.good work

unity - Saturday, July 25th, 2009 @ 11:08am  

  great skyscraper. it will be the tallest skyscraper in our present history. hoping to be completed soon and i am eagerly see this building in actual completion.Hats of Dubai

Rathish Ashok - Friday, June 26th, 2009 @ 12:47pm  

  A beautiful impressive building in a rather souless uncharismatic city. Its not a patch on europe, or anywhere else with a bit of culture for that matter.

Keith - Saturday, June 20th, 2009 @ 10:46am  

  Looks like a great building. I am sure it will help Dubai in projecting its image all over the world. I have always loved Dubai. Wonderful place to work and live.

Mudassar ali - Friday, June 19th, 2009 @ 7:25am  

  I think it is so cool!!! one day the world will hear me shout from the top;)this is amazing dubai and i can't wait to see what else you have to offer the world.

lorian jones - Thursday, June 11th, 2009 @ 10:29pm  

  nice! i am always amazed by the engineers! can't imagine how hard they work for it..u guys are simply amazing..without u, no towers..

ash - Thursday, June 11th, 2009 @ 6:35am  

  This structure is just awesome.Magnificent engineering boldly going beyond imagination.Hope to visit it soon

Gool - Saturday, May 23rd, 2009 @ 6:43am  

  it's great and amazing,once again it is proved that there is no limit for engineering,dubai keep on going,u rock...

amar - Friday, May 22nd, 2009 @ 2:14am  

  i really love this building i wish it is in my country.

mohammad - Thursday, May 14th, 2009 @ 11:34am  

  Impressive, the "New" World's Tallest Building. I am so amazed that it goes over 2,000 Feet. A person would think it is hard to see the top of the building anywhere in the City of Dubai. That's like having two Sears Towers' in total height of this building.

Brent Kampert - Tuesday, May 12th, 2009 @ 9:55pm  

  wow!!! great i'm very impressed to the architects who made the design of this tallest tower in the world "Burj Dubai", having this means the country is getting successfull and in good condition. How i wish i see this Tallest tower in real. Have a good luck DUBAI!

Joydee Tiratira - Monday, April 20th, 2009 @ 12:11pm  

  This tower is a dream piercing the sky. Hope it will inspire peace and friendship and bring communities together. Congratulalions to everyone building it, from architects to construction workers and window cleaners. This is gorgeous.

Liz - Wednesday, April 15th, 2009 @ 4:47pm  

  First class building. A lot of design has gone into this and it shows. Well done S.O.M

Tibro - Tuesday, April 14th, 2009 @ 9:07am  

  this building is a waste of resources, unfortunately wealthy arabs who enjoy spending oil dollars to purposeless things, forgot about other arab brothers in Iraq and other arab and muslim countries who live in poverty... well who cares... its their money... and its their desicions

Rashad - Tuesday, April 14th, 2009 @ 5:07am  

  The greatest building in the world is of course "Burj Dubai". I have no words to say about this beauty.

Bhargav - Tuesday, April 14th, 2009 @ 2:05am  

  very incredible...congrat to adrian smith for the brilliant idea...i wonder how genius he is..:)

nono - Saturday, April 11th, 2009 @ 3:54am  

  Really tall skyscraper!Looks outstanding outside, I cant wait to see the inside.

harry - Wednesday, April 8th, 2009 @ 11:48am  

  It is really something like im dream. Amazing building

Olzhas - Sunday, April 5th, 2009 @ 4:50am  

  the great and so beatiful building in the world..

dezfry - Monday, March 30th, 2009 @ 4:08am  

  A great masterpiece, love the structure, amazing height, but the sears tower and future freedom tower is way better.

Shriyans - Wednesday, March 25th, 2009 @ 7:20pm  

  this is my favorite building in the worlds history in swedish its "super bra jag älskar den byggnaden"

borås - Friday, March 20th, 2009 @ 4:37pm  

  Truely it is beautiful... means money can build anything... Wish one day we have this mega construction into Afghanistan too

Nadeem - Sunday, March 15th, 2009 @ 6:27am  

  This is a beautiful feat of art, science and engineering, however, as a Muslim, one cannot help but feel that this extravagence is not what Islam teaches us. This money could be better spent on humanitarian causes and indeed there are many within and outside of the oil-rich Arab countries.

Shaheed - Thursday, March 12th, 2009 @ 4:51am  

  This is a truly awe-inspiring project ! There was a time when my country was able to accomplish such feats of greatness. Alas no more. Congradulations to your small country for this truly great acheivement !

Stephen Paul - Tuesday, March 10th, 2009 @ 6:24am  

  this is going to be one of the man made marvel and if it'll be utilised in a very proper manner, then it'll gain the tag of man's supreme fabrication in the tallest creation. this clearly depicts the determination and hard work of architect, engineers and workers associated to it. we should have respect for them & their passion or say creation.

pranay alokan - Tuesday, March 3rd, 2009 @ 7:16pm  

  I pay attention of this building carefully and i want to say that it is quite interesting.Specific construction is used by Adrian Smith with a lot of meaning involved in it,but I think all this cannot be understood by the visitors.Such an ancient meaning must be connect with something more than just a meaning for couple of people.I purely admire to this project.I would like to have similar experience and opportunities to develop my skills in such environment.Wish you luck.

Angel - Friday, February 27th, 2009 @ 4:05pm  

  This thing is amazing! I was just up the CN Tower the other day and for this structure to pass it with flying colors (almost 300m) is huge!! Great job!!

Katie - Sunday, February 22nd, 2009 @ 2:04pm  

  Great structure is creating. Design is awesome. I want to be an architect as well and one day I will be in Dubai to have a look at the gigantic freestanding skyscraper. Also to study the design closely. Good Job to everyone who is making this beautiful building.

Kushal Patel - Wednesday, February 18th, 2009 @ 8:15am  

  AMAZING, i never thought that this was even possible until about 2 minutes ago. Well let it be remembered that Toronto's C.N. Tower held the record until now. Good luck Dubai and i hope that i have a chance to visit sometime.

Jeffery Thomas - Sunday, February 15th, 2009 @ 3:17pm  

  Dear Sir,I think that its the most beautiful, highest and attractive building in the world who inspire the peoples of the world of its beautiful location atmosphere. Its my dream when i visit Dubai i definately see it.Kind regards.Muhammad Akhlaq Awais

Muhammad Akhlaq Awais - Friday, February 13th, 2009 @ 4:49am  

  this is honestly a modern marvel.. till the day we get moving buildings of course.. at the rate hong kong is going i doubt this building wont have a challenge soon...

Gilberto - Friday, February 6th, 2009 @ 7:05pm  

  Yes it depend at the angle of the view if you like it or not, but at the first place it is amazing structure that's clear.

juraj farsky - Thursday, February 5th, 2009 @ 6:52am  

  It absolutely thrills me to see that in other parts of the world when someone has an idea and the shear guts to make it happen nothing stops them. Unfortunately in the USA everyone has to have a say before the foundation can be poured; and at times it seems as though too many people can have an opinion. But enough of that, I love this building and I check in quite frequently to see its progress. I hope to someday travel to Dubai and see it in person. I hope it can hold the record for tallest structure long enough for the people of Dubai to enjoy. Congradulations, it truly is an architectural marvel.

Nathan - Friday, January 30th, 2009 @ 4:05pm  

  A absolutely phenomenal skyscraper. It is more then just a building it is a work of art, it reminds me a bit of a giant icicle growing out of the ground (if you see were I'm coming from) Fantastic peace of work!

John-Paul - Wednesday, January 28th, 2009 @ 7:50pm  

  This is an amazing building. I want to be an engineer and this is the kind of things i want to build. Next stop the mile high city.

Brandon G - Tuesday, January 20th, 2009 @ 8:25am  

  great job done in the heart of the middle east and arab world shows the modern and renaissance in this part of world.it could be a waste because its in the desert but tell you what world is changing dubai will be capital off business business follow wherever money is there.so god bless this erea with oil its magic to see arab and american working togeter for a well humanity been thats what 21st century cultures should be we all are WORLD CITIZEN

karim - Saturday, January 17th, 2009 @ 1:57pm  

  It's amazing!!

Xstan - Saturday, January 17th, 2009 @ 12:49pm  

  Just wonderful.Its a mix of the modern and the mystic.

Kênia Lucena - Wednesday, January 14th, 2009 @ 8:52am  

  its still less than what we expect from Dubai

Nuur - Thursday, January 8th, 2009 @ 11:42am  

  This building is a complete waste of resorces, Dubai can not make it long with the building frenzy there.

ryan - Thursday, January 8th, 2009 @ 1:05am  

  First Class! Congratulations!

Artur Mosiewicz - Monday, January 5th, 2009 @ 7:07am  

  piękna budowla czego człowiek nie zrobi ...

barteknam - Monday, January 5th, 2009 @ 7:05am  

  When i checked the richest cities by rankings (calculated by total GDP)Dubai is not even in top 80(my city dhaka is above dubai), and UAE is not even among the top 20 rankings of (GDP per capita at PPP rates). Then why is Dubai? Why cant Los Angeles or Paris make anything close to this????

Akib - Sunday, January 4th, 2009 @ 3:41am  

  The Burj Dubai, along with the construction of the Palm Islands, stands as perhaps the most unique construction project mankind has ever undertaken.It can only be a dream of mine to one day stand at the foot of the Burj Dubai and to admire it for what it is: a triumphant achievement.It would also be nice to be able to admire the view from the top! Can anyone out there spare the price of an airline ticket?Seriously, congratulations are due to everyone who had a hand in this project. May the Burj Dubai stand for 1000 years!

Don E. Leeman - Thursday, January 1st, 2009 @ 4:13am  

  this building is so huge! i cant wait to see the finished product in person some day soon!!

TAHIR SHAKEEL - Thursday, January 1st, 2009 @ 3:05am  

  This skyscraper is truly amazing!!

anna - Wednesday, December 31st, 2008 @ 9:00am  

  time is coming for the region to wake up again and get inspired to contribute once more in the advance of civilization and its an other witness of how quickly is the rise of nations when people don't hesitate to learn from each others and adopt the best wherever it comes from , congratulation Dubai

walid - Saturday, December 20th, 2008 @ 12:24am  

  It's wonder skyscraper, crown of architetural engineering. But my concept of life is far way of it today in Brazil. The reality is other here and around the world.

Celso Luiz - Wednesday, December 17th, 2008 @ 8:40pm  

  Imponente sí que es... pero no olvidemos cómo se ha construido explotando a los obreros que han tenido que hacer varias huelgas. Y uno se pregunta ¿Para qué? Además de las 206 plantas construídas, 56 son necesarias para la mecánica del mantenimiento del propio edificio. Qué pensar de tanto gasto y tanto riesgo en un lugar en lo que sobra es sitio.

Javier - Tuesday, December 9th, 2008 @ 11:45am  

  I find it interesting and frankly boring that people get wrapped up in this structure. The culture of Dubai has no discipline that is required to come up with such a structure. Designed by Chicago Architecture firms, (as are most buildings in Dubai) Dubai's prince is simply using American technology and know how, exploiting workers to build these empty buildings, and hoping people come to visit. No way. The human rights violations in Dubai run deep and this city cares nothing for the environment. Big deal, a prince had some money threw at a project, hired American architects and engineers and built himslelf a bunch of empty buildings. Dubai is no place that is even on my radar. This city is smaller than my current city of Jacksonville FL. A cool building in an abhorent part of the world. Thanks, but no thanks.

Mark In Florida - Wednesday, December 3rd, 2008 @ 8:35pm  

  I think its awesome, but also a waste of money. If this doesn't attract tourists then it will be the biggest gamble and loss in the history or the world's existance. Otherwise its a masterpiece!

Jeff - Sunday, November 30th, 2008 @ 4:25pm  

  I always admired the hard work of the government lead by the prince of Dubai. They have helped create millions of jobs from all over the world on these construction zones. They are very proud of the expenses put in into this Burj and other gorgous new bulidings but what they should really do also is provide the public with all the donations given to the poor around the world so they can stop those who want to criticise their dedication to a better future.

Dean El- dannaoui - Sunday, November 30th, 2008 @ 1:36pm  

  Burj dubai is a stunning & most beautiful skyscraper in d world. it will shine as star in d sky of Dubai city. I really admire d design & outstanding architect of this building.

Komal patel - Saturday, November 29th, 2008 @ 11:57pm  

  the most amazing building i have ever seen wish i still lived i dubai

sharique makani - Thursday, November 27th, 2008 @ 1:22pm  

  Amazing architecture...amazing display of human skills and power...there is nothing impossible,congratulations Dubai..n thanks to the Seikh..heard of his greatness..must be a nice human being!!!

Ruzan - Sunday, November 23rd, 2008 @ 8:19pm  

  An impresive achievement for man, lets hope man can also achieve the ultimate, a peaceful and poverty free world for all man kind not just the rich.

Abbas Khan - Wednesday, November 19th, 2008 @ 11:25am  

  No room for doubt, All the credit must go to those hidden hands, who are just getting $ 5 a day by using their sweat for this amazing building.

Ali - Monday, November 17th, 2008 @ 8:24am  

  they get taller and better everytimecan't wait to take the wife

mark - Saturday, November 15th, 2008 @ 12:39am  

  Great job, all eyes set for the commissioning.Myself wish to be on the top floor and c the world for a minute.

Prasanth - Wednesday, November 12th, 2008 @ 7:45am  

  This is an amazing structure. I admire it. Hope to see it.I am dreaming to work in this building in top most floor where I can view the World.

Murali B V - Tuesday, November 11th, 2008 @ 8:40pm  

  it´s awesome¡¡ here in panama there is a boom of real state construction , but notthing like this , at that height , we find different tempetures ¡¡ waoo it´s completly unbelivable

carlos - Thursday, October 23rd, 2008 @ 12:20am  

  truly amazing....the architecture is stunning as well

bri - Wednesday, October 22nd, 2008 @ 1:32pm  

  Awesome building!I wonder if it is possible to see Israel from the top floor?To all those complaining about "the workers"; nobody forced them to work there. The poor are not special.

Pearson - Sunday, October 12th, 2008 @ 6:36am  

  looks great, hope all goes as planned, as it is a first of is kind.I hope labour workers are justly rewarded, not just the handful that get million out of this. I have see with my own eye in Dubai lot of labours are working very hard and not getting just wages (or min wage).

Abbumayr - Thursday, October 9th, 2008 @ 5:59pm  

  Awesome building, grats to Dubai, you are touching the sky with your hands err buildings ;)

Comi - Sunday, October 5th, 2008 @ 9:31pm  

  its wonderful to have a building like this.i've seen it once during layouting but it grows amazing today.congratulations to the sheikh of dubai of having a great landmark of their place.

karen - Saturday, October 4th, 2008 @ 2:38pm  

  Burj Dubai It's A Wonderful Structure In The Human History " Dubai It's pride to the Arab world and the whole Muslim "

SUB_ZERO - Thursday, October 2nd, 2008 @ 11:21pm  

  Watched and filmed the WTC under construction. Was devastated on 9/11. Dubai will be a worthy successor. My love for your foresight and vision.

Peter Shavney - Saturday, September 27th, 2008 @ 9:21pm  

  Its magnificant towering point simply speaks for itself. Even though my country has the biggest observation wheel in the world now, it can never match with the beauty of architecture: The Burj; will be a much impressive inspiration for all to admire at.

Nelson Leong - Tuesday, September 23rd, 2008 @ 6:51am  

  Congratulations to the workers and the designers. Every time I see the pictures and read about it I feel impressed and very proud for what these people are doing. I'll keep on looking how tall they go.

Cristian Guerrero - Monday, September 22nd, 2008 @ 5:41pm  

  It's a great structure and also it will be great for all human being who's wanna to see it. Now i'm working in S.A. and completion of my work definately will go there to see it & click a picture inback of me... Feel that I every passion has more effort but only we take decision to do that......I'm waiting of that moment when I click that snap attached of me.

Ajay - Monday, September 22nd, 2008 @ 1:19pm  

  I will be there in a few weeks and I'm sure it is going to be wonderful encounter with this massive master piece. I am a proud Structural Enginner and this is what we are able to do.

Humberto - Thursday, September 18th, 2008 @ 3:54pm  

  This is a beautifull building. An amazing structure with a lot of fantasy buil-in. This is an icon for today's constrution!

Mike Jillsbrough - Thursday, September 18th, 2008 @ 2:24am  

  Man,this building is the best thing to show the power of human being,it's vey cool.Impressive

Seid behluli - Tuesday, September 16th, 2008 @ 8:30am  

  wow.....this is quite shocking for me because in my country the tallest building is only 30floors and the view was scary....so how then do you construct such a monument.....?i'd love to see it in future.

jerry odawa - Monday, September 15th, 2008 @ 12:55pm  

  i think this building is architecturaly astonishing

rana hassan - Monday, August 25th, 2008 @ 5:21pm  

  incredible!!!something like this you gotta see at least once in your life!! i`l try to go and visit it!!

alex - Tuesday, August 19th, 2008 @ 8:15pm  

  coming from an aspiring arcitect(14 yrs old), this is an amazing building. its why i got inspired to be an architect

Eli - Tuesday, August 12th, 2008 @ 5:56pm  

  yeah~~~ this builging is made by SAMSUNG. ahahi think this is a wonderful building... nice disign and tallest in the world ...

joon - Sunday, August 3rd, 2008 @ 1:35am  

  Congratulations to dubai administration who done this wonderful job and still making nice things for this whole world like Burjul Arab, Palm tree city and now Bur of dubai.Punjab Zindabad

khuram - Friday, July 25th, 2008 @ 9:35am  

  I tinhk it is not wroth to build such a monster.why not build four or five samll one? this tower costs too much. after all it is just a assign that makes Dubai famous.people in Dubai may feel proud of it,and hope it can gain the respect from others.as a matter of fact,I only think high of the company building it.

zy - Thursday, July 24th, 2008 @ 1:15am  

  The world greatest building. I hope my country can build more than one.

mas pry - Thursday, July 24th, 2008 @ 12:51am  

  great human art work, tallest building in my neighborhood,want to see it finished.....Enjoyn The Height :)

Qassim A Majeed Balooshi - Sunday, July 20th, 2008 @ 4:59am  

  Que perrón desde aca de México y creo que de cualquier parte, no nos queda mas que admirar el esplendor de la tecnologia aplicada al confort

Juan Antonio - Wednesday, July 16th, 2008 @ 11:32am  

  It is only highest buildin in the world but also a good architectural model

shabeeb rahim - Friday, June 20th, 2008 @ 2:26pm  

  It´s a beautiful building,an attempt by touching the sky

jorge ortiz - Monday, June 16th, 2008 @ 11:47am  

  I like when man and engineering push the limit a bit more, specially in a building like this which is also a beuty! Pictures have been sent between our office computers..

Tommy J - Monday, June 16th, 2008 @ 6:50am  

  Incredible skyscraper, good design. I like so much!

Jertix Luigi Tedde - Wednesday, June 4th, 2008 @ 7:40pm  

  Final judgement will have to wait, of course, but the concept is phenomenal.This will be an awesome skyscraper! The height and architecture is amazing truly dazzling to the eye. The design is so crisp and elegant. This will bring incredible fame to Dubai.

Usman Hussain - Wednesday, June 4th, 2008 @ 11:28am  

  I think this structure is amazing. It is the best in the world. Absolutely stunnning. Cant wait till it is ready

Rizwan Ashraf - Wednesday, June 4th, 2008 @ 11:18am  

  uhhhmmm ..its just amazing how tall it is ...i love to visit one day and spend night or two at armani hotel 100 floor

gulzar - Saturday, May 24th, 2008 @ 11:32am  

  Burj Dubai - A dream is coming to reality. Every morning I pass by this growing structure and find it AMAZING. Hats off to the designersengineers and the workers from the Sub-continent.

Iktear Uddin - Thursday, May 22nd, 2008 @ 12:56pm  

  from the feeling i get from the illustration is a great building,but we will have to wait till is done...looks like the DIC is running a marathon in the development of Dubai, hope everything goes well with the structure, i will be there when is done

Kennedy Mogwera - Friday, May 16th, 2008 @ 1:14pm  

  Its just superb. no words to express. i wish i cud buy a room on the top floor. anyways hats of to the engineers and laour also.they are creating a wonder. all the best.

deepti raut - Thursday, May 15th, 2008 @ 2:19pm  

  this building is the wonderfull building in the world.thr articturer of the building is the gineus man. becase this is very good art work

Main Rizwan Arshad - Thursday, May 8th, 2008 @ 7:50am  

  wot ever! but the building is beautiful... no body will dare to compete them... so heartly, hats off to uae

rasif hussain - Monday, May 5th, 2008 @ 10:27am  

  Wow!, i have to go their before i die!

Carlos - Wednesday, April 30th, 2008 @ 3:26am  

  Now thats what i call a skyscraper design! perfectly balance beutiful setbacks,its climbing or piercing the sky like the famed Spire of Dublin. Dubai aspirations of a beutiful city architecturally are admirable hats of to all of you, your friends of Ireland.

Brian - Tuesday, April 29th, 2008 @ 11:44am  

  This building is truly an icon of the future. Already 4 times taller than the tallest building in my home state. (Arizona - Chase Tower, Phoenix)And still its rising..incredible

Sean - Monday, April 28th, 2008 @ 8:12pm  

  .....and i was impressed when the Q1 in surfers paradise, Australia went up, and that had some sort of record to it (something about the tallest residential tower or something) But this is just amazing... Cheers to everyone working on it :-)

Aysha - Saturday, April 26th, 2008 @ 7:02am  

  This is a fantastic piece of engineering and will be totally luxurious. Let them build what they want, I have been there and I can think of no other people so hospitable and caring. They could be stuck up like some other rich countries.

Andy - Tuesday, April 22nd, 2008 @ 3:17pm  

  Beautiful building but a more lasting legacy would be for Dubai to put their energy into bulding a lasting peace between Israel and the other nations of the Middle East. Now THAT is risk taking.

Dwight Widaman - Monday, April 21st, 2008 @ 10:30am  

  this is the most amazing structure that i have ever seen and it is not even completed, i am looking forward to the completion of the Burj Dubai, so that i can at least see it on the internet. i will not be able to afford to see it, other than this way but i can always dream that i would be dancing in the Armani ballroom and looking over all the architectural achievements of Dubia from the observation deck. i was "blown away" so to speak by how it is designed to have the airflow go up the building in a spiral, i would assume even adding to the strength of the structure as opposed to creating force against it. pure genius. to all of you who are involved in this monumental project, my sincere congratulations.

cheryl carter - Saturday, April 19th, 2008 @ 1:07am  

  i am not in favour of the design of this building.. they design that building like a human skeleton .because i am civil engineer and according to my point of view i dont like that building..

sangemarjan bangash - Friday, April 18th, 2008 @ 11:17am  

  Its really a symbol of mankind activities on earth.But let UAE think of revolutionings their desert into lush green enviroment.

Bana - Thursday, April 3rd, 2008 @ 11:53am  

  this tower is a magnificent feat of architecture. Its another awe inspiring tower in an already amazing city.

Brian Costanzo - Tuesday, April 1st, 2008 @ 9:03pm  

  I have just been to Dubai the whole place looks like a big construction site i just hope it improves when its all finished. They could have sorted the roads out first.

Satish - Monday, March 31st, 2008 @ 4:49am  

  well what can you say about this monster of a building amazing it really takes scyscrapers to a new level really!! This city just gets better and better and just goes to show bigger is better !! :)

Davy - Wednesday, March 26th, 2008 @ 2:12pm  

  A very Beautiful building!A prodigy of architecture! I hope to go there sometime and meet it personally

Marcos - Saturday, March 22nd, 2008 @ 11:31am  

  I love this pictures, but why not build higher buildings in other countries that are very poor. I love Dubia

Bina - Tuesday, March 18th, 2008 @ 5:15pm  

  Absoulutely beautiful. This will be an honor to this country once completed.

Nyzo - Tuesday, February 19th, 2008 @ 9:39pm  

  How about taking all that money and build something actually visionary, like a desert sustainable building rather than just an insecurity trophy. Dubai looks completely ridiculous and unsustainable, much like our extravagant desert cities, Las Vegas and Phoenix. This is a real monument to folly and the loss of foresight and reason. Its aall vanity. Enjoy it! It will look great when the city becomes a ghost town in 70 years.

tyler - Monday, February 18th, 2008 @ 12:00pm  

  Dunai is my favorite city in the world, ervry time i go there I always bring back better pictures

Jannik Brandt - Friday, February 15th, 2008 @ 1:56pm  

  its top of the rating.. majestic.. sensational.. marvelous creation to those hands at work. Best in time, and let it rises for ever. Thats dubai, nothin has an end there.and guys, i dont feel any blames or hurtins on nobody for making any harsh conditions to the workers; mostly my fellow country men. Every wonder man makes has pain sweat and blood in it. And they make sure these workers know about it before they hop into that plane from home.

Joe - Wednesday, February 13th, 2008 @ 10:37pm  

  We Need Two More Eyes And May God Give us 100 More Years to See and Experience the Beauties of DUBAI.

Babu Rao - Monday, February 4th, 2008 @ 9:26am  

  this looks amazing but whith out any attention to histiry and heritage and culture!why?

ilana - Sunday, February 3rd, 2008 @ 1:15am  

  The structure is amazing. But as many people have stated, the price the South-eastern workers have had to pay really taints the inner-beauty (if any) that the structure holds. I only hope that by the time Dubai begins raking in tourism funds that they will give it back to the citizens by funding better healthcare, schools, and benefits for retirees.

Clay - Saturday, February 2nd, 2008 @ 6:23pm  

  nice building, just amazing what we human can achieve, extremely modern city but no character no feeling its almost artificial when I look at it, maybe good for tourism but I couldnt live there

Roberto Clemente - Monday, January 21st, 2008 @ 1:48pm  

  It is not only highest buildin in the world but also a good architectural model for the forther generations

SYED REHMAN SHAREEF - Thursday, January 17th, 2008 @ 12:02pm  

  nice building, disgusting city! the state of this city is a monstrosity! if they think they are going to get more tourists i think the city needs a seriosu clean up first!

Jake - Thursday, January 17th, 2008 @ 5:37am  

  I think it is a beutiful building, but i have been to dubai and it is horrible (full of polution) People only care about money not about the poor or the environment.

fivaz - Monday, January 7th, 2008 @ 11:12am  

  This structure is a symbol of the ingenuity of American architecture and the hard work of the South Asian( Indian, Pakistani)laborers that toil to build it. I praise those that are REALLY responsible for building this beautiful building.

Ravi - Friday, December 21st, 2007 @ 2:58pm  

  My dream came true today. Im a proud owner of an apartment in this building today. Could not have asked more from Allah.

wish - Wednesday, December 12th, 2007 @ 2:15pm  

  While i can appreciate the beauty and feat of engineering this structure,the more i see of dubai, i see a fake facade of fancy buildings but a city with no real beauty. What happens when the money dries up and age takes it toll on this city, will it really stand the test? At the end of the day do we need 1km high buildings to marvel at when there are people starving, and dying from disease just from lack of water. I think helping something like that would me a more remarkable feat.

Josh - Wednesday, December 12th, 2007 @ 10:57am  

  It is interesting how history repeats itself. Burj Dubai is symbolic for the tower of Babel. I just hope this time there will no shuffling of languanges. :)

Miggs - Wednesday, November 28th, 2007 @ 9:33pm  

  WoW..... The sleek slim design and simple linesappears to be a rocketship on a launching pad. Bellow the launching pad are billions of barrels of oil ready to fuel it to lunch to be the tallest man made structure. Architects, Engineers, and Planners invisioned the conceptsbut the masson, electricians carpenters and plumbers will make their dreams come true. Congrats!!!!

RFVillones - Wednesday, November 28th, 2007 @ 8:17am  

  Ah Frikin Mazing I want to go there. These guys are the biggest risk takers. Hope it all goes according to plan. Break a Leg

Cooper Snook - Thursday, November 1st, 2007 @ 10:52am  

  the second time i saw a tallest building in the world,before the petronas in malaysia.now the the burj dubai..its amazing.

jude pinlac - Friday, October 26th, 2007 @ 4:41pm  

  The Burj Dubai is right in front of my house. i see it when i wake up and go to bed. Its just getting bigger and bigger! more people in America are starting to no about Dubai! I go to Texas and everyones like i want to go to dubai soooo badly! i love it here!

Lana - Thursday, October 25th, 2007 @ 1:16pm  

  This building is so so amazing that i dont have words for it:)I want to see it done entirely this will be a great view

Pulkownik - Wednesday, October 17th, 2007 @ 12:53pm  

  i love this place wish to move there, god bless Dubai its really nice country

Mick - Wednesday, October 17th, 2007 @ 8:49am  

  I also admire the architecture, working here, watching it grow.I wish that there will be a commemorative plaque on display, in honour of the workers who lost their lives during construction.This would be a symbol of thankfulness and add to the dignity of the building.

Ulrich Goltsche - Thursday, August 23rd, 2007 @ 2:04pm  

  I was in Dubai last Oct. 2006 and my orientation about life change completely. How I wish our Government learn from this fast growing City. Good job UAE.

Samson - Friday, August 3rd, 2007 @ 8:25am  

  I have travelled Dubai many times and each time I bring a better memory home. This is just the icing on the cake! Congrats to the risk taker! The issues you are challenging will make us all better!

Rizzo - Friday, July 20th, 2007 @ 1:59pm  

  its really amazing to have this kind of building here in asia ...atleast we have proved that not only western countries can have this kind of skycraper building...great...!

joey - Friday, July 13th, 2007 @ 1:24am  

  this skyscraper is so amazing. i am happy to see the tallest building in the world to be in Dubai

Andrew - Wednesday, July 11th, 2007 @ 5:36pm  

  This building is awesome. Hope to visit it once in my life.Regards to all highrise fans.

Davey Macnail - Sunday, July 8th, 2007 @ 1:58am  

  I went to Dubai last March, saw this Amazing Tower (Burj Al Dubai) when it was reaching above 160 floor. This wonder of the world will bring more future benefits to Dubai then ever before - exciting to see it next time. Hopefully the construction time will end on its given period and people of the world will able visit there.

SYED ZEESHAN ALI - Tuesday, July 3rd, 2007 @ 8:29am  

  Wonderfull Building...Kudos to Dubai. Blessings...and Love!

ArchAngel - Tuesday, June 12th, 2007 @ 2:09pm  

  Dubai is fast becoming the jewel of the middle east. I am awe struck by this skyscraper and all the other projects that are being built. Aloha from Hawaii!

Joe C - Thursday, May 31st, 2007 @ 3:42am  

  This is a master piece of beautifull, amazing and lovely archetecture Good luck to EMAAR Properties. Allah Bless all of you

Muhammad Inam Ul-Haque - Sunday, May 20th, 2007 @ 6:19am  

  I am doing a powerpoint presentation for school on Dubai. All i can say is Dubai is the best city in the world and best wishes to the people building the Burj Dubai

Shaina Ziegler - Tuesday, May 8th, 2007 @ 9:52pm  

  This is taller than all the buildings in Auckland stacked!!! Awesome aye!!!

Abdullah Yusuf - Thursday, April 26th, 2007 @ 8:08am  

  man i used to live there but although i like this building and i hope it becomes the famous over the world.

Ramparsad - Monday, April 16th, 2007 @ 10:00am  

  This is truely a master piece! i have to vist it once it is complete!

Harod Smith - Thursday, April 12th, 2007 @ 7:51am  

  Amazing, I was at the Tour CN Tower yesterday and wondered how Burj Dubai could surpass it. Congratulations on such a perfect about to be record holder. Cheers, we had the record for 40 yrs.

reg - Wednesday, April 11th, 2007 @ 7:58am  

  Very impressive and looks very futuristic. Cant wait to see the inside once completed.

Heba - Tuesday, April 10th, 2007 @ 11:20pm  

  This is wonderful. But it should have been built in Chicago.

Michael - Tuesday, April 10th, 2007 @ 5:42pm  

  great skyscraper. it will be the tallest skyscraper in our present history. hoping to be completed soon and i am eagerly see this building in actual completion.

bernie pacho - Monday, April 9th, 2007 @ 6:28am  

  I viewed a television broadcast in Canada about the tower and its construction/engineering workforce. It gets so hot in the daytime the workers have to take the mid day (noon) hours off, but then will resume work even all night as the concrete will only set properly during the cooler night hours. They continually moved the workers lunch room to higher and floors so the workers dont have to go all the way down its many floors! Just incredible worker management and building engineering. Really enjoyed viewing the Dubai hospitality to the workers!

Doug Pruden - Saturday, April 7th, 2007 @ 2:11pm  

  I would love to see the view from the dizzying top floor height. Building will probably sway 1.5m at the top on a windy day. Horizon will be amazing 110km away from the top!! What a watchtower! Looks like an Absolutely Awesome Structure which pushes the envelope of possibilities just that little bit further. Very Elegant Futuristic design.

Yusuf Ahmadzai - Saturday, April 7th, 2007 @ 1:18pm  

  Fantastic project and will bring more economy in UAE, great vision.

Yasir Iqbal - Tuesday, March 27th, 2007 @ 8:16am  

  It will look great when completed. Wish I could see a floor plan.

Kozina, J - Thursday, March 22nd, 2007 @ 10:49pm  

  I love it! I feel that this is an amasing project. The bold hieght is just great.

Rhett Vahos - Monday, March 19th, 2007 @ 7:32pm  

  I have been waiting for this to happen in my lifetime and here it is! This will be half a mile high,so a one-mile high building is within reach!(remember FLW?)

Karl Roth - Monday, March 12th, 2007 @ 7:33pm  

  First class building. A lot of design has gone into this and it shows. Well done S.O.M

Brian - Wednesday, February 28th, 2007 @ 7:36pm  

  21.02.2007. It is 114 level high now (436.38 m). I think it`s a wonderfull bulding. I can`t wait it will be finished.

Kermit - Wednesday, February 21st, 2007 @ 10:32am  

  Iam an interior designer..iam looking forward to seeing it too nearly the biggest tower in all world

Sally - Sunday, February 18th, 2007 @ 8:19am  

  extraordinary architectural feat, I have been following the construction since day one now it has risen to level 106 so far, but as I watch it rise I notice it is very narrow, (I hope that the engineers and architects have it figured out), but I was wondering that the base of this building is supporting a HUGE amount of deadload weight(concrete and prime materials)it is reinforce concrete and at some point concrete will crack due to pressure., at certain height the building will begin with a steel skeleton frame,wait for the live load(people,furniture ,etc. will give it a enormous amount of extra weight I just hope this marvelous Skyscraper does not sink into the sand and remains structurally sound. This building is a marvel, a dream come true! But let us trust the design and ingenuity of American architects SOM, God willing this will be another Historic sucess of man in the 21st century.

Wilbert NYC - Sunday, January 28th, 2007 @ 9:16am  

  it will be superb.as much as we saw it was very impressive. hope it gets completed without problems.

mano pant - Thursday, January 25th, 2007 @ 8:54am  

  I like the way of thinking and the design of the building - we need thoughts and ideas like this in the western world!

Chris Anton - Tuesday, January 23rd, 2007 @ 8:16pm  

  Tower of Babel; but an exquistely beautiful one...

Gregor - Friday, January 19th, 2007 @ 6:22am  

  Have sudied architecture at NAIT in Edmonton and this building exceeds them all, a great tourism attractor for Dubai UAE. Dubai rules and is a world scale city! They even wish to beat the West Edmonton Mall, go for it boys enjoy the view gentlemen of Dubai. I want to go there. World record in push ups Doug Pruden.

Doug Pruden - Thursday, January 18th, 2007 @ 3:28pm  

  burj dubai....its great.magnificent design,amazing structure,futuristic concept.its been a great part of me to done some design as part of burj dubai tower

alberto - Wednesday, January 17th, 2007 @ 3:07am  

  Looks like a great building. I am sure it will help Dubai in projecting its image all over the world. I have always loved Dubai. Wonderful place to work and live.

Syed Hoda - Saturday, December 16th, 2006 @ 11:05pm  

  what a wonderful skyscrapers.. i am an architect student and i dream to design a structure like that in my country one day .! great vision for emaar.. congratulation

mintchy house - Monday, December 11th, 2006 @ 5:17am  

  I am regulary following the construction progress on net and every 3 months i visit the construction site in dubai.I constructed those 6 burj dubai towers around burj dubai and i was Engineer in the foundation of burj dubai,I wish to see the completed structure soon.Its amazing and lovely.

Mumtaz Ali - Sunday, December 10th, 2006 @ 7:04am  

  It is truly a beautiful, futuristic building. I think it is great that the Arab world is starting to get into the skyscraper race.

David Meni - Saturday, December 9th, 2006 @ 7:30pm  

  Fantastic. I was so impressed with the vision of Mohamed Ali Alabar to build this great structure, I built it into a sales motivational talk. It went down brilliantly and I am taking the whole team to see it being built !

Alan Christie - Tuesday, December 5th, 2006 @ 9:26am  

  This is getting out of hand,but i like it!

Riaan - Sunday, December 3rd, 2006 @ 11:53am  

  I love this building for its outrageous, audacious scale, its ultra-modern sleekness, and its gorgeous graduated spire. This is a structure that inspires wonder, awe, and delight. Kudos to the builders -- not just the designers, but to all those Pakistani, Indian and Filipino laborers working for $6 a day -- their work will inspire generations.

Patrick - Thursday, November 16th, 2006 @ 12:55am  

  Stunning. Truly a remarkable archtectural jewel. Kudos to Dubai for investing in such an ambitious project.

Kanowakeron - Sunday, November 12th, 2006 @ 12:32am  

  the burj dubai will scorch the skies and when completed it will be the tallest land structure in the world so it doesnt matter what you haters say peace

masood - Thursday, November 9th, 2006 @ 5:35pm  

   Magical building, the people in Dubai have a vision toward the future with full confidence, way to go Dubai ;)

SAAD - Monday, October 16th, 2006 @ 8:03pm  

  I have been seing the tower grow from scratch. Everyday it takes my attnetion. to see it get taller is a joy form Mind.hats off to each and every person behind this wonderful Marvel of Mankind.

Praveen Raj - Sunday, October 15th, 2006 @ 12:07pm  

  looks great, for the uneek design. This is an example of the power of architecture....But what about security on this building? if something occure on te 800 m? hum.

Figaroa - Wednesday, October 11th, 2006 @ 8:53pm  

  wow! im an architect, and i reelly appreciate the concept. very nice

Brandon - Wednesday, October 11th, 2006 @ 3:55am  

  This stunning super skyscraper will be the jewel in the dubai crown! Burj Dubai will be the envy of the world!! Simply an awesome piece of architecture that everyone will want to see...

Am - Monday, September 25th, 2006 @ 10:43pm  

  i dont know anything about architecture but to tell you the truth,the moment i saw BURJ in dxb i was impressed! keep it up!

anne santos - Wednesday, September 20th, 2006 @ 1:58pm  

  Its a live dream for all people in Dubai they are watching future growing ... i just say this will be acomplishment for the whole univirse

faisal - Wednesday, September 20th, 2006 @ 11:06am  

  Awe-inspiring and beautiful. God bless everyone with health and peace to enjoy it.

Patrick Jennings - Friday, September 15th, 2006 @ 8:29am  

  As an architect I was spellbound when I saw the model with its pinacle piercing the roof of the visitor centre in Dubai site office.I think it will be another victory of man over matter.

Mukul Goyal - Thursday, September 7th, 2006 @ 12:03pm  

  this building is so huge! i cant wait to see the finished product in person some day soon!!

Yamie S. F. - Friday, August 25th, 2006 @ 7:09am  

  It will be the envy of the world.

Ayman - Tuesday, August 15th, 2006 @ 10:26pm  

  Very good! I see many good comments from around the globe. I hope we can all love each other someday as much as we love construction such as this. Egyptians gave their contributions to the world, now Dubia has us all saying "WOW!" again.

Greg J LaPres - Sunday, August 13th, 2006 @ 11:05pm  

  I think this building is GREAT. Its height is really amazing, and its design is beautiful. The people of Dubai should be very happy and excited about this monumental skyscraper, and so should the whole world. This is and iternational monument, and shows how wonderfull life is.

GPG - Sunday, August 13th, 2006 @ 2:13pm  

  Good architecture relation to the 3 elements of islam. 807.7metres estimated? Good work

Chen RongChang - Friday, August 11th, 2006 @ 2:41am  

  all people praize the tower, but where are the risks? will the artificial underground stand the pressure of this unknown new structure size?what do the iranians think about an arabian building of this size? Has it to be cut down by their missiles?

Gummi - Tuesday, August 8th, 2006 @ 7:52pm  

  I have seen many time this site realy its beyond me.It will be a wonderfull bldg. in the wold after its completion.It will play a vital role in dubai,s progress.It looks very impressive.

CH. QASIM ZIA - Monday, August 7th, 2006 @ 6:34am  

  its an icon to the region ,i live in dubai and actually i did a research on it for my college ,its magnefesent , it has the first armany hotel ever .can you guyz imagine.

ablooz - Wednesday, August 2nd, 2006 @ 6:22pm  

  simply beautiful, best of luck to our brothers in dubai... (alas, oil revenue did pay for this superstructure!)

loki - Wednesday, August 2nd, 2006 @ 8:17am  

  This is the extream power of the designer and the government to allow them to built this fantastic building,which must be born anway...

Saman Maleknia - Monday, July 31st, 2006 @ 2:52pm  

  1. it is simply grows.2. it is a big shame that the construction of that building is possible due to the enormouse prices we pay for oil.

micky - Saturday, July 22nd, 2006 @ 9:05pm  

  Its just wonderful to see it, as Iam an architect so I can very well understand the its beauty. its a marvell

Ibrahim - Tuesday, July 18th, 2006 @ 8:17am  

  This building is a technological and engineering marvel. I have to had it to the UAE, when they go for it, they really go for it. Whether this building remains the worlds tallest or not...it will definitely be one of the most beautiful!!!!

Jim - Thursday, July 13th, 2006 @ 3:05pm  

  The advances in our architectural society are just amazing. A tip of the hat to Dubai from both Seoul, South Korea and Philadelphia.

Ian Henderson - Thursday, June 22nd, 2006 @ 12:35pm  

  It looks like a rocketship, and it will dominate the city that is already the greatest in the world... go Dubai!!

Nick - Sunday, June 18th, 2006 @ 6:48pm  

  this building is extraordinary it is still nice to know that the world trust a***AMERICAN*** design firm (SOM,Chicago skyscraper experts) no more to say ... and to our british friend the reason its more difficult to build this type of super skyscraper in the USA or England or many other countries is the cost of labor and materials is aprox. 50%to 60% higher,its a big investment to any country

Wilbert NYC - Sunday, May 28th, 2006 @ 4:25am  

  Absolutely stunning. What I love about the guys in Dubai is that they are not scared to spend the cash and actually build the things they dream about. Dubai is really setting the pace for construction. Best of luck to them.

Graham Cummings - Thursday, May 4th, 2006 @ 9:29am  

  Beautiful building. Kudos to them from the Windy City.

eddie - Monday, May 1st, 2006 @ 7:43pm  

  A really good masterpiece of architecture. I hope all goes well with those who will build one of the great buildings of our time.

william moore - Thursday, April 27th, 2006 @ 8:54pm  

  what a sight to behold!!! man i have to go to Dubai and just see this one. this is what the world needs to build up or inground not out as to take up all the land we so need to preserve for the future.i will have to take my children to see this one!!

Russell Davis - Thursday, April 27th, 2006 @ 3:13pm  

  It is beautiful!! Simple, elegant and captivating- I wish our Freedom Tower was going to be more like this- artistic and soulful. This building looks like it has a purpose and a meaning. It is not boring or bland. An exquisite example of architecture succesfully blending art and function.

Audrey - Thursday, April 27th, 2006 @ 2:31pm  

  this was the most perfect,beautiful and high-rise building i ever seen.

nero - Tuesday, April 25th, 2006 @ 2:47am  

  wat a fantastic building...cant wait till its finished hope all goes well

Jess - Friday, April 21st, 2006 @ 3:02am  

  A magnificent and spectacular architectural design! Go Dubai!

WHD - Sunday, April 16th, 2006 @ 7:38pm  

   Really love the setbacks. I have heard so many different heights for the building. From 705 meter to 914 meters.

David - Tuesday, April 11th, 2006 @ 7:35pm  

  This will likely become the new definition of the skyscraper in this era.

Joshua - Monday, April 10th, 2006 @ 12:22pm  

  outstanding and stunning!!! what a work of art. to bad there are not more like it through out the world. just imagine the view from up there. just have to make sure i see it in my life time. great work.

rick v - Saturday, April 1st, 2006 @ 12:03am  

  A uniquely designed suprastructure that eminates the human ingenuity. Another tower embraced by history at work....Mahusay!

Anthony D. - Wednesday, March 29th, 2006 @ 12:04am  

  Truely a modern day "Wonder of the World" and "Masterpiece" of Archetectural and Engineering perfection

Larry - Tuesday, March 28th, 2006 @ 7:44am  

  This is an accomplishment beyond much anything anyone has done before. I hope that this great tower will reign in a new era of super-structures. I honestly cannot wait untill development on buildings such as this start to become a reality here in the states. I completely admire the design, and the fact that some have finally decided that the world is ready for a structure as incredible as this. I shall await the final completed tower as i check for updates on the construction every day.

Hans - Friday, March 17th, 2006 @ 11:30pm  

  Simply Amazing, I will also miss the CN Tower being the Tallest Structure in thew World. I guess well have to put up to it. Oh Canada is also losing the Worlds Biggest Mall to Dubai too, Oh Well.

Trevor Young - Friday, March 3rd, 2006 @ 3:19pm  

  i have seen the sight of the tower its truely amazing specially a shopping centre which is equal to 50 football stadium its truely amazing we best of luck to EMAAR properties. They are going to get alot of profit after its inaguration. LOL

Hamza Afdhal - Tuesday, February 28th, 2006 @ 5:00am  

  What makes Burj Dubai exquisite is that the final height is kept a secret so no building can take the lead. Architecturally it is unique and more than fantastic.

Joseph - Friday, February 17th, 2006 @ 6:26am  

  i love how the setbacks go in a cool order and the exterior of the tower is cool.ihope the tower goes like 1.000 meters and have atleast 250 flooors.

aj - Wednesday, February 8th, 2006 @ 10:54pm  

  This is going to be a truly amazing and beautiful skyscraper. I wish the U.S. would start building more skyscrapers to compete with ones such as this.

Brian Yates - Tuesday, February 7th, 2006 @ 1:14am  

  This is definitely a sleek and beautiful building with a very discernable soul. I believe most people would aspire to work and live in such a high place. This will be a testament to prove that architect firms such as Veronique & Associates were wrong about their critiques of this project!!

Jean Cretien - Friday, February 3rd, 2006 @ 9:09pm  

  I am a student of architecture from india and i consider this as masterpiece for architecture and all the credit goes to architect ADRIAN SMITH and his team of architects,consultants, engineers to bring up such a beautiful structure. all the best!!!

Muzakkir Bijli - Wednesday, February 1st, 2006 @ 11:24am  

  Although it is sleek and beautiful, it will be a building without soul. People were not meant to work or live in such high places for too long.

Veronique - Saturday, January 21st, 2006 @ 3:12pm  

  I live in Dubai and I see the beast growing up day after day.

Altin - Thursday, January 5th, 2006 @ 7:44am  

  Congratulations on an elegant, sleek, and benchmark skyscraper for the 21st Century. The future I imagined as a child is being unveiled.

Jim - Monday, December 26th, 2005 @ 10:40pm  

  Time to return once again to Dubai for a visit... once the Burj is finished

Roy van Arem - Thursday, December 15th, 2005 @ 1:23am  

  just superb A modern Taj Mahal

RAKESH SACHDEVA - Thursday, November 17th, 2005 @ 4:48am  

  in short span dubai has become prime destination not only in terms of infra structure but also retail and residential projects. being an architect i feel dubai as an encyclopedia which consists of all major construction venture and now Burj Dubai is going to add a huge jewel to the skyline of dubai. hat s off SOM and DUBAI

Ar. Kshitij Talekar - Wednesday, November 9th, 2005 @ 5:45am  

  It captivates the entire skyline and really brings appeal to Dubai. I am so amazed at this structure

Kimberly Frasier - Saturday, November 5th, 2005 @ 10:51pm  

  It looks very impressive!! Once it is completed, I will miss Toronto-Canada having the record of largest freestanding structure in the world (CN Tower, but this looks like a worthy successor. I hope their are golf courses within 500-acre surrounding complex too!

Alireza - Friday, November 4th, 2005 @ 4:01am  

  It is very impressive! And looks bit as science fiction building but the concept is great! I wish to have one like this in Poland and of course visit last story (level) to see our World. My congratulation to all of you whom participated in this concept!

Bogdan Wasilewski - Thursday, November 3rd, 2005 @ 4:43am  

  It is beautiful, hope to see it live, in future :-)

Edwin - Sunday, October 30th, 2005 @ 3:52pm  

  this is wow..so amazing! not just the its tall, but its design is unique and shows beauty in space...i really admire this great design..

amina - Friday, October 28th, 2005 @ 12:34pm  

  Its amazing whats happening in Dubai right now, and as for The Burj Dubai, nothing can compete with it as it will tear the arabian sky into two. In less than 10years Dubai is going to be the capital of the world!!!

Shrung J V - Thursday, October 27th, 2005 @ 5:44pm  

  A monumental Human ego to be the best. An architect and engineers challenge from the business community. Technoogy at work

Vergel Gloria - Thursday, October 27th, 2005 @ 3:20am  

  Perfection to the max!!

Georgina - Wednesday, October 19th, 2005 @ 5:52am  

  That is amazing.

Tulga Tserendash - Saturday, October 15th, 2005 @ 3:13am  

  love the glass and steel, the two materials work great together on this structure

Todd - Tuesday, October 11th, 2005 @ 11:04am  

  science fiction buildings are now a reality!like previously I said Thats a Skyscraper design!perfectly balnce beautiful setbacks it climbs and pierce the sky like the famed masterpiece towers(Empire State bldg, Chrysler bdlg,Etc.etc.) of New York City Dubai aspirations of a beautiful city architecturally are admirable,truly making a mark for the 21st century hats off to all of you, your friends of the United States of America

Wilbert NYC - Tuesday, October 11th, 2005 @ 2:00am  

  This is an amazing structure. I admire it. Hope to see it built. Now I would like to see a big competition in building tall structures. I heard something about Sky City in Tokyo, Japan. Well, this is something I don't believe could be built, especially in Japan!!! Good luck! I'd love to see it tearing the sky in two.

Rumen Petrov - Sunday, September 4th, 2005 @ 11:09pm  

  Sem duvida, o Dubai cresce a olhos vistos!Mais um fantastico porojecto de engenharia, e so o edificio mais alto do mundo! no pais das 1001 noites!

bruno gomes - Monday, August 29th, 2005 @ 7:14pm  

  eu acho que uma obra muito interessante para o futuro!

miguel - Wednesday, August 24th, 2005 @ 2:38pm  

   It looks impressive!! prefect!

sunjkic vesna - Wednesday, August 24th, 2005 @ 10:41am  

  This will be an awesome skyscraper! The height and architecture is amazing truly dazzling to the eye. The design is so crisp and elegant. This will bring incredible fame to Dubai.

Roger - Monday, August 22nd, 2005 @ 4:08pm  

  The construction is made so that the height can be changed during the construction time to a limit. We can excpect something around 700 - 1000 meters. It will me awesome anyhow. Im totally on fire about developement in Dubai right now. Right now only the two trump buildings in Toronto and Chicago can compete with this one.

AKing - Monday, August 15th, 2005 @ 7:03pm  

  thats a skyscraper design! perfectly balance beutiful

Martepor - Saturday, August 13th, 2005 @ 2:01pm  

  160 floors, wow thats one tall skyscraper! I can't imagine that height record getting beat.Can't wait to see the finished product.

Ron - Thursday, July 28th, 2005 @ 11:43pm  

  This will sound dumb, but although I am no means an architect I love playing around with building designs. Six years ago I drew something just like the Burj Dubai! I knew it looked cool.

Nik - Tuesday, July 26th, 2005 @ 5:43pm  

  It looks very impressive!! Once it is completed, I will miss Toronto-Canada having the record of largest freestanding structure in the world (CN Tower, but this looks like a worthy successor. I hope their are golf courses within 500-acre surrounding complex too!

Jean Cretien - Friday, July 22nd, 2005 @ 6:21pm  

  thats a skyscraper design! perfectly balance beutiful setbacks,its climbing or piercing the sky like the famed Chrysler and Empire State buildings of New York. Dubai aspirations of a beutiful city architecturally are admirable hats of to all of you, your friends of the USA.

Wilbert NYC - Monday, July 4th, 2005 @ 2:37am  

  Final judgement will have to wait, of course, but the concept is phenomenal. I was struck by notions of the Empire State Building in its day and Wright's plan for a mile-high skyscraper. It has more character and awe than most record-height-aspiring structures.

Alan MacHett - Saturday, June 18th, 2005 @ 2:26pm  

  Looks great. But for some reason I have a worrying feeling in my gut about it. At least construction's started. Here's hoping all goes well.

Anzel - Thursday, June 16th, 2005 @ 11:35pm  

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