Burj Dubai is set to be the world's tallest building and the centerpiece of the Gulf regions most prestigious urban development. The Arabic meaning for the word Burj is 'tower', which gives Burj Dubai a meaning of 'Dubai Tower' or 'Tower of Dubai'.
Burj Dubai will be constructed on Sheikh Zayed Road, just after the first interchange (Defense Roundabout). It is being developed by one of the region's leading real estate companies, EMAAR Properties, as part of its US $8 billion Downtown Dubai development project. It was designed by Skidmore, Owings and Merril (SOM), with a base and geometry which were influenced by the six petal desert flower.
Presently the title of the world's tallest building is held by Taiwan's Taipei 101 which is 508 meters
tall. Burj Dubai exact height hasnt been disclosed by it has been confirmed that it will be over 700 meters. It is expected to be completed in 2008.
Burj Dubai will be surrounded by a
combination of residential, commercial, hotel, entertainment and leisure outlets,
along with open green spaces, water features, pedestrian
Mall will be the major retail outlet, which will cover
nine million square feet and be the world's largest shopping
mall. 'The Residences' is a unique residential project
being built in the Burj Dubai premises. It will contain
six exclusive one, two and three-bedroom luxury apartment
towers, on the shores of a man-made lake. The entire project
will create a new architectural landmark refered to as
'a city within a city'.