I’ve been watching the Burj Dubai grow for over two years, so I’m feeling much excitement with the news that it has reached its final height of 818 meters.
Although the skyscraper has topped out, there is still much work to do on the exterior and interior before the scheduled grand opening on 9-9-09.
Here is a shot from today courtesy of Flickr.
Construction Timeline (Courtesy of Skyscrapercity)
- September 21, 2004: Emaar contractors begin construction.
- February 2007: Surpasses the Sears Tower as the building with the most floors.
- May 13, 2007: Sets record for vertical concrete pumping on any building at 452 m (1,483 ft), surpassing the 449.2 m (1,474 ft) to which concrete was pumped during the construction of Taipei 101.
- July 21, 2007: Surpasses Taipei 101, whose height of 509.2 m (1,671 ft) made it the world’s tallest building.
- August 12, 2007: Surpasses the Sears Tower antenna, which stands 527.3 m (1,730 ft).
- September 3, 2007: Becomes the second-tallest freestanding structure, surpassing the 540 m (1,772 ft) Ostankino Tower in Moscow.
- September 12, 2007: At 555.3 m (1,822 ft), becomes the world’s tallest freestanding structure on land, surpassing CN Tower in Toronto.
- April 7, 2008: At 629 m (2,064 ft), surpasses the KVLY-TV Mast to become the tallest man-made structure.
- June 17, 2008: Emaar announces that Burj Dubai’s height is over 636 m (2,087 ft) and that its final height will not be given until it is completed in September 2009.
- September 1, 2008: Height tops 688 m (2,257 ft), making it the tallest man-made structure ever built, surpassing the previous record-holder- the Warsaw Radio Mast in Konstantynów, Poland.
- December 30, 2008: Reaches a height of 780 m (2,559 ft).
- January 17, 2009: Topped out at 818 m (2,684 ft).