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The creation of seven interconnected islands near the Ra’s al- Khor Wildlife Sanctuary is enabling Sama Dubai, the international real estate investment and development arm of Dubai Holding, to build the Dh65 billion mixed-use The Lagoons project spread over an area of 65 million square metres. However, the most critical part of the extension work is the next 2.2 kilometre stretch that will take the Creek from Sheikh Zayed Road back to the sea. Work on this phase commenced at the end of 2007 and is planned for completion in November 2010.

Work on Downtown Burj Dubai, being developed by the internationally successful Dubai-based property group Emaar, is also continuing swiftly.

The recently constructed Dubai International Financial Centre (DIFC) is fully operational but is already undergoing extension, whilst Dubai World Trade Centre (DWTC) has started work on the Dh16 billion Dubai Trade Centre (DTC) District. The plan is to transform the entire area surrounding the DWTC Tower at the beginning of Sheikh Zayed Road into a new business quarter in parallel with construction of Dubai Exhibition City. The first phase of both these projects is scheduled for completion in 2010.

BURJ DUBAI FACT FILE

• At peak cooling tower will require 10,000 tons of water per hour.

INFRASTRUCTURE

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Burj Dubai

Work on Downtown Burj Dubai, which is being developed by the internationally successful Dubai-based property group Emaar, is also continuing swiftly. At the centre of this mixed-use community is Burj Dubai, which is growing ever larger in its quest to rank as the tallest building in the world. At 564.9 metres (1853 feet) in late September 2007, the building height exceeded the 1670 feet Taipei 101 in Taiwan, until then the world’s tallest skyscraper. It is reported that Burj Dubai’s finished height will be 818 metres. Designed by Chicago-based Skidmore, Owings & Merrill, Downtown Burj Dubai features The Armani Hotel and the massive shopping complex Dubai Mall, and Sofitel's ‘The Palace', which opened its doors in the last quarter of 2007.

Ambitious Projects

Offshore, Dubai’s ambitious offshore projects are rapidly becoming a reality. Six years after commencing work on the now famous Palm Jumeirah, developer Nakheel will have handed over 4000 villas and apartments by the end of 2007 and work is progressing

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  • System will deliver

250,000 gallons of water per day.

  • Peak electrical demand

= 36 mVA equivalent to 360,000 100 watt light bulbs simultaneously switched on.

  • Condensation water

will be collected, creating 15 million gallons of supplemental water per year.

  • World’s longest and

fastest lifts.

  • 230,000 cu. m of concrete

equivalent to a 6900 kilometre sidewalk or the weight of 100,000 elephants!

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