Burj Khalifa and Downtown Dubai

02 May 2017

As well as being home to the world’s tallest tower, Downtown Dubai also has Dubai Mall, Dubai Fountain and Dubai Opera as key attractions

Downtown Dubai is a $20bn megaproject that includes the Burj Khalifa, Dubai Mall and the Opera District. Work on the development will continue for years to come, but it has already become a major tourist attraction.

The district is also a significant business, residential and entertainment hub.

Central to the 2-square-kilometre development is the 828-metre-tall Burj Khalifa. It was known as Burj Dubai until its opening ceremony in January 2010, at the height of the global financial crisis.

The name change was a nod to the $10bn in financial support Dubai received from Abu Dhabi, after its debts spiralled out of control. The Burj Khalifa has become a major attraction, featured in Hollywood movies.

The tower took 22 million man hours to build. Construction was led by a consortium of South Korea’s Samsung C&T, the local/ Belgian Bel Hasa Six Construct, and the local Arabtec Construction. The $875m main construction contract was awarded in December 2004. Overall, the project cost about $1.5bn to complete.

Dubai’s Emaar Properties announced plans in 2016 to build a new world’s tallest tower: the tower at Dubai Creek Harbour.

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