Burj al Alam in Dubai

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An early publicity image of the Burj al Alam
Photo of Burj al Alam in Dubai, Dubai
An early publicity image of the Burj al Alam
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Burj al Alam
Also known as:World Tower
Formerly:Fortune 101

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Text by Wayne Lorentz

Another of Dubai's impressive skyscraper endeavors, the Burj al Alam is designed to catch the eye and create a prestigious skyscraper in a city rapidly filling with prestigious towers. The building presents a graceful facade, clad in blue reflective glass, formed from six distinct shafts seemingly bound together at the center. The entire building flares out at the top and the bottom, and when combined with its tubular form, gives an organic appearance, like a bouquet of flowers tied at the center with a ribbon.

In fact, it was deliberately designed to resemble a crystal flower, especially at the top where the petals separate and form a six-story crown. This area has a sky garden, a Turkish bath, and private club facilities, as well as providing some of the most spectacular views in the Middle East.

Quick Facts
  • Construction start: 2006
  • Construction finish: 2011
  • Designed by: Nikken Sekkei
  • Cost: Dh4,000,000,000
  • Type: Skyscraper
  • Stories: 108
  • Maximum Height: 1,673 feet / 510 meters
  • Maximum Width: 864 feet, four inches
  • Maximum Length: 477 feet, eight inches
  • Maximum Depth: 557 feet, six inches
  • Height to top of crown: 1,673 feet.
  • Height to roof: 1,492 feet.
  • Residences: 104
  • Hotel rooms: 200
  • Parking spaces: 4,300
  • Standard passenger elevators: 7
  • Double-decker passenger elevators: 19
  • Freight elevators: 4
  • November 12, 2006 - Construction begins.
  • September, 2008: The anticipated height of this building is raised to 1,673 feet, and a planned helipad at the top is removed from the plan.
  • January, 2009: Building construction is expected to begin.
  • Developer: Dubai Properties
  • Developer: Fortune Group
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    "The project will be a defining marker for Dubai - both in terms of its incredible height as well as distinctive design besides being a world landmark - one that will dominate the top of the tallest list." - Syed Mohammad Ali, Fortune Group CEO as quoted in Trade Arabia.
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There are 14 comments.

  This is such a beautiful shape. Dubai looks astounding - can't wait to visit!

Liz - Wednesday, April 15th, 2009 @ 4:35pm  

  its fantastic

sharafpalakka - Thursday, January 15th, 2009 @ 8:39am  

  It is stunning it is not only the art of architect or engineer I think it is the art of every person who participated in the work. I only can say spectacular. And this will challange others to become more competative.

Javed Iqbal - Wednesday, November 12th, 2008 @ 12:29pm  

  its look like crystal glass i really appreciated the whole team...

Tanvir Ali - Wednesday, October 15th, 2008 @ 1:18am  

  Fantastic building and a great team designing and building it...we are the project managers

Rob - Monday, January 28th, 2008 @ 8:26am  

  need to give more aesthetic look...can be made more attractive it gives a look of flower vase.anyways its amazing

raisa - Sunday, October 14th, 2007 @ 10:22am  

  The best one i have seen ever

Siddiq - Wednesday, October 10th, 2007 @ 10:51am  

  Marvelous Design and shape

Rahim Valliani - Monday, July 23rd, 2007 @ 4:09am  

  Its like a glass tower.it will brings europe in asia.it will b a great achievement 4 muslims with such a project.

Nabeel ALBlushi - Tuesday, May 22nd, 2007 @ 2:40am  

  it looks amazing and great........

Hannan - Monday, January 15th, 2007 @ 6:49am  

  It look like the great one more efforts done by dubai rulers i wish them success our prays for them

Atif Khalid - Wednesday, November 29th, 2006 @ 1:39pm  

  It looks very amazing and impressive!! it will be a landmark to Dubai & in history.....

nazimazeez - Saturday, November 25th, 2006 @ 6:09am  

  It looks very impressive!! I hope their are golf courses within the surrounding business complex too!

Jean Cretien - Thursday, July 27th, 2006 @ 10:37pm  

  It looks amazing. It appears to use the tatic of appearing curved from a distance, but when you stand directly beneath it, it appears to bend outwards. I tip my hat to Dubai from both America and from South Korea

Ian - Sunday, July 23rd, 2006 @ 4:46pm