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Burj Dubai starts to move above ground

Cement poured on the foundations for a tower of some 800 metres height

Work on the world’s tallest tower has begun to gather steam with a ceremony that marked the end of phase one and the start of the next phase. It was attended by General Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Crown Prince of Dubai and UAE Minister of Defence. HRH witnessed the first pouring of cement for Burj Dubai that starts the building’s climb to a height of more than 800 m along Sheikh Zayed Road.

Chicago-based Skidmore, Owings & Merrill is the architect and Turner International the project and construction manager. Later Sheikh Mohammed visited the Dubai Mall sales centre where he inspected a model of the development that is being built around the dominant tower.

The Burj Dubai will be the centrepiece of the retail and residential development and will take its place as one of the world’s modern landmark buildings, alongside the likes of the Empire State Building, Taipei 101, Malaysia’s Petronas Towers, Sears Tower and London’s Canary Wharf, according to Emaar chairman, Mohamed Alabbar.

Its mix of functional modernist surfaces and more decorative form contains abstract references to regional and cultural influences all in a 500-acre development.

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