Nicosia Oct 2 (ANI): Exterior cladding for Burj Dubai, the world's tallest building standing at 662 metres, has now been completed.
The tower has broken a world record for the highest installation of an aluminium and glass fagade. The total weight of aluminium used on Burj Dubai is equivalent to that of five A380 aircraft and the total length of stainless steel bull nose fins is 293 times, the height of Eiffel Tower in Paris.
Burj Dubai is being developed by Emaar Properties PJSC.
The exterior cladding of Burj Dubai was carried out by the Arabian Aluminium Company, in association with Hong Kong-based Far East Aluminium, which started work in May 2007 employing more than 380 skilled engineers and on-site technicians.
A mixed-use tower featuring residences, corporate suites, and the world's first Armani Hotel and Armani Residences, Burj Dubai is on course to be completed later this year with work on interiors progressing simultaneously.
According to an Emaar Property press release, a total of 24,348 cladding panels were used over a total curtain wall area of 132,190 sq m.
Burj Dubai's shimmering exterior minimizes heat transmission and saves energy. The total 103,000 sq m of glass used in the cladding panels can cover 14 standard football pitches and the 15,500 sq m of embossed stainless steel used can cover 34 National Basketball Association specified basketball courts.
The total length of gaskets - 2,050,000 linear metres - if laid end to end is about the distance from Dubai to Damascus in Syria (2,052 km).
The cladding materials were specially made using advanced engineering techniques and include high-performance reflective glazing, aluminium mullions and textured steel spandrels with vertical stainless steel tubular fins.
The cladding accentuates Burj Dubai's height while lending it a shimmering slenderness. anels of more than 18 different strength specifications and over 200 sizes have been used for Burj Dubai, all of them double-glazed and factory-sealed.
Mohamed Alabbar, Chairman, Emaar Properties, said that the completion of cladding work at Burj Dubai was a milestone both or Burj Dubai and the science of high-rise engineering.