Looking for a unique travel experience? Consider following the sun to Dubai where expensive, expansive architecture is everywhere. You will see man-made wonders to be seen nowhere else, stay in hotels that this time of year and because of the world recession are not sold out and are relatively less expensive than before.
Burj Dubai (Arabic: برج دبي “Dubai Tower” above) is a supertall skyscraper under construction in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, and is the tallest man-made structure ever built, despite being incomplete. Construction began on 21 September 2004, and the tower is expected to be completed and ready for occupancy by September 2009.
The building is part of the 2 km2 (0.8 sq mi) development called “Downtown Burj Dubai” at the “First Interchange” along Sheikh Zayed Road at Financial Centre Road (previously known as Doha Street).
The tower’s architect is Adrian Smith, who worked with Skidmore, Owings and Merrill (SOM) until 2006. The architecture and engineering firm SOM is in charge of the project. The primary builders are Samsung Engineering & Construction and Besix along with Arabtec. Turner Construction Company was chosen as the construction manager.
The total budget for the Burj Dubai project is about US$4.1 billion, and for the entire new “Downtown Dubai”, US$20 billion. Mohamed Ali Alabbar, the CEO of Emaar Properties, speaking at the Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat 8th World Congress, said that the price of office space at Burj Dubai had reached $4,000 per sq ft (over $43,000 per m2) and that the Armani Residences, also in Burj Dubai, were selling for US$3,500 per sq ft (over $37,500 per m2).