Burj Dubai contractor to be named by end of summer

50m test piling successfully carried out at site of world's tallest tower

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By  Eudore Chand Published  July 3, 2004

Current progress of work at the Burj Dubai site indicates that actual construction work on the world’s tallest tower could start towards the last quarter of this year. The tendering process is on and bids are currently being evaluated. Several new-to-market international firms have bid for the Emaar Properties’ project in tie-ups with local joint ventures (see Issue 29 of Construction Week). Senior Emaar officials confirmed that site work is well advanced. Soil testing and excavation works have progressed smoothly and the earthworks people, Bauer and Middle East Foundations, have successfully completed 50 m test piling. They pointed out that with site work, which started in March this tear, well advanced, the tendering process is expected to be completed before the end of the summer. The market expects the main contract to go to a joint venture judging by the demands of a project never done before. The current titleholder of the world’s tallest tower is Taipei 101 at 509 m. Tender documents say Burj Dubai could be 704.9 m high. Emaar expects to complete the project in four year’s time. Burj Dubai will form the core of a bustling new downtown community that is fast springing up along Sheikh Zayed Road around the first interchange. What has begun to be called the Burj Dubai Development or Downtown Dubai, sprawls across 400 acres of prime land in what used to be the former Central Military Command compound. It will comprise Burj Dubai, The Dubai Mall, The Residences and The Old Town. The site is busy with The Residences rising up rapidly to contribute to the changing skyline, and preparatory work on The Dubai Mall is underway. The idea is to create a big city “buzz” through ‘Downtown Dubai’ as a vibrant urban district to match New York’s Lower Manhattan, London’s West End and Paris’s Left Bank. “Great cities have one thing in common. Great downtowns. And great downtowns translate into great local economies. People judge cities by their downtowns. It is the city’s heart and soul that the rest of the world looks to in order to understand a community. I’m glad Emaar has once again carried out its mandate of elevating the city’s global image to another level,” said Robert Booth, Emaar’s executive director. Edging up against the boundaries of the new Dubai International Financial Centre (downtown New York has Wall Street) and adjacent to Sheikh Zayed Road, the emirate’s main conduit, Downtown Dubai will eventually become one of the most desirable pieces of real estate in the world. “We have spared no details for the Burj Dubai Development, added Booth.

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