SWA and the world’s tallest building *UPDATE*

SWA group designed the 27 acres around the base of the Burj Khalifa in Dubai. The San Francisco Chronicle has a quick interview with John Wong of SWA about the project and its design.

Read the interview at the [SOURCE: San Francisco Chronicle – Sausalito group creates oasis at Burj Khalifa]

Related Article – Dubai City Guide  – 11 Hectare Green Oasis Envelops the foot of Burj Dubai

As part of Burj Dubai’s ‘green’ initiative, the landscaping is irrigated using a unique condensate collection system. Water condensate from the tower’s cooling equipment is recovered, providing an estimated 15 million gallons of water a year, enough to fill 20 Olympic-sized swimming pools.

[SOURCE: Dubai City Guide  – 11 Hectare Green Oasis Envelops the foot of Burj Dubai]

World’s tallest building opens *UPDATE*

Burj Dubai - Opened Jan 4

The building previously known as Burj Dubai is now open and it has new name of Burj Khalifa named after Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed, President of the UAE. The height has been confirmed as 828 meters, 200 stories into the sky, exceeding the next highest structure, Taipei 101, by about 300m.

From the 124th floor observation deck of the tower, viewers can see 80 kilometers on a clear day.

[SOURCE: The National – Burj Khalifa a ‘name to reflect greatness]

[SOURCE: Shanghai Daily – Embattled Dubai fulfils tallest order]
[IMAGE SOURCE: Flickr – Joi]

RELATED STORY57 of 100 worlds tallest buildings are in Asia – Times of India

View the pictures of the Burj Khalifa opening

Construction Week (Middle East) releases Salary survey

Construction Week (Middle East) have just published the results of a salary survey held from April to September this year. The main findings of the survey is that most people are experienced and the UAE is not a place for first-jobbers. People consistently worked longer than 40 hour per week and have salaries in construction(including Architects) on average between $4500-$6047 (USD) month across the six GCC countries. The results also outline expectations for pay rises, housing, current pressures and other interesting information.

For more information go to the two articles at the [SOURCE: Construction Week (Middle East)]

1. Survey Analysis – Construction Week (Middle East)
2. Detailed Results – Construction Week (Middle East)

Gulf rail projects could exceed $60b(Dh220 billion)

Construction of the long-awaited rail network that will link the six members of the GCC is expected to start in 2010 or 2011. The cost will be shared among the six Gulf states — Bahrain, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia and the UAE.

The first section is the UAE National Railway. Also there will be toutes to Saudi Arabia and also to Oman from the Kuwait-Iraq border.

Projects will be awarded in 2010 with the first track to be completed by 2013-2014. The trains will run at speeds between 80 and 120 kilometres per hour for freight transport and between 160 and 200 kilometres per hour for passenger transport.

read more VIA: gulfnews : Gulf rail projects could exceed $60b .

Slowdown in the UAE is a bonus for civic projects

The Global Financial Crisis or GFC as some like to call it has struck projects across the world and placed lots of companies and people out of work. However, there is a bright side for some, including governments and public place developers who have seen prices fall and timelines shortened as companies become available due to a lack of private development work.

In the UAE were upto 75% of projects are now on hold has allowed Museums such as the Abu Dhabi Louvre and Guggenheim to get projects started for 30% less than one year ago. The Louvre broke ground in June and The Guggenheim is currently undergoing pre-qualifying.

VIA – The National

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