Emaar monument salutes Burj Khalifa
Dubai, March 20, 2012
Dubai developer Emaar Properties has unveiled a new monument in Downtown Dubai to salute the international collaboration that marked the accomplishment of Burj Khalifa, the world’s tallest building.
The 18-metre high, three-core Burj Monument built in stainless steel has been set up near The Dubai Mall to celebrate the making of the iconic tower, said a statement from Emaar, the developers of Burj Khalifa.
Located strategically on a visual plane aligned with the awe-inspiring magnificence of the tower, the monument draws its design inspiration from the three-core structure of Burj Khalifa, originally based on the floral architecture of the desert flower, Hymenocallis.
An architectural art that adds to the sculptures and art pieces in Downtown Dubai, The Burj Monument welcomes visitors to the 500-acre community, and serves to remind them of the global collaboration that has gone into making Burj Khalifa.
Engineers, designers, architects and skilled workers from more than 100 countries were involved in the making of the tower. At its peak of construction, there were more than 12,000 dedicated personnel on site ensuring the seamless progress.
The monument is also a token of gratitude by Emaar Properties to the people of Dubai and visitors from around the world, who have enabled the transition of Burj Khalifa from ‘History Rising’ to ‘A Living Wonder,’ it added.
Today, a fully functional lifestyle hub, Burj Khalifa is the luxury address of hundreds of families, features corporate offices, has the world’s first Armani Hotel, the highest outdoor observation deck with an outdoor terrace – At the Top, Burj Khalifa, and the world’s highest restaurant, At.mosphere, in addition to a choice of leisure amenities.
Mohamed Alabbar, chairman of Emaar Properties, said: "Two years ago, with the grand inauguration of Burj Khalifa, Dubai demonstrated to the world that where there is determination, dedication and a clearly defined objective, we can push the boundaries of what humanity can achieve."
“The Burj Monument is our token of gratitude to everyone who has helped us accomplish the project, and a reminder to every visitor to Downtown Dubai that Burj Khalifa is a true reflection of what Dubai stands for – a global city that welcomes the world,” he added.
Much like the iconic tower, the Burj Monument too has a triple-lobed footprint, an abstraction of the six-petalled desert flower, Hymenocallis.
The structure rests on a marble-clad base with three individually tapered and curved wings. While the inner skeleton of the monument is made of hot dip galvanized seamless steel pipes and stainless steel cleats, the cladding is brush finished stainless steel, said the statement.
At 828 m, the 200 plus storey Burj Khalifa has 160 habitable levels, the most in any building in the world, it added.-TradeArabia News Service