Almas Tower

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Almas Tower
برج الماس
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Almas Tower is the tallest building in the background
Alternative names Diamond Tower
General information
Status Complete
Type Commercial offices
Architectural style Modernism
Location Jumeirah Lake Towers
Dubai, United Arab Emirates
Coordinates 25°04′08″N 55°08′28″E / 25.0689°N 55.1412°E / 25.0689; 55.1412Coordinates: 25°04′08″N 55°08′28″E / 25.0689°N 55.1412°E / 25.0689; 55.1412
Construction started 2005
Completed 2009
Owner Dubai Multi Commodities Centre
Height
Antenna spire 360 m (1,180 ft)
Roof 306.36 m (1,005.1 ft)
Top floor 279.3 m (916 ft)
Technical details
Floor count 68
5 below ground
Floor area 160,000 m2 (1,700,000 sq ft)
Lifts/elevators 35
Design and construction
Architect Atkins Middle East
Developer Dubai Multi Commodities Centre
Structural engineer Atkins Middle East
Main contractor Taisei Corporation
References
[1][2][3][4]

Almas Tower (Arabic: برج الماسDiamond Tower) is a 68-storey, 360 m (1,180 ft), supertall skyscraper in the Jumeirah Lakes Towers Free Zone of Dubai, United Arab Emirates. Construction of the office building began in early 2005 and was completed in 2009 with the installation of some remaining cladding panels at the top of the tower. The building was topped out in 2008, and became the tallest building in Dubai until 2010 when it was surpassed by Burj Khalifa.

Construction[edit]

Almas Tower is located on its own artificial island in the centre of the Jumeirah Lakes Towers Free Zone scheme, the tallest of all the buildings on the development. It was designed by Atkins Middle East, who designed most of the JLT Free Zone complex. The tower was constructed by the Taisei Corporation of Japan in a joint venture with Arabian Construction Co. (ACC) who were awarded the contract by Nakheel Properties on 16 July 2005.[5]

Building Usage[edit]

The Dubai Multi Commodities Centre (DMCC), the developer of the tower, was the first to move in. The DMCC moved its corporate offices along with the Dubai Diamond Exchange to the unfinished tower on 15 November 2008.[6] Almas Tower now houses facilities that provide a wide range of services for the region’s diamond, coloured gemstones and pearls industry. Along with the Dubai Diamond Exchange, these include the Dubai Gems Club, the Dubai Pearl Exchange, the Kimberley Process Certification offices and access to secure transportation agencies such as Brinks and Transguard, in addition to networking and meeting rooms.[7] Diamond cutting and exchange take place at the tower. Due to the type of transactions taking place at the tower, high security is installed. Almas tower ranked 8th in the 2009 Emporis Skyscraper Awards.[8]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Almas Tower at CTBUH Skyscraper Database
  2. ^ Almas Tower at Emporis
  3. ^ Almas Tower at SkyscraperPage
  4. ^ Almas Tower at Structurae
  5. ^ "Nakheel awards Almas Tower construction contract". Gowealthy.com. 16 July 2005. Archived from the original on 2012-02-04. Retrieved 6 June 2013. 
  6. ^ "Dubai Diamond Exchange opens new trading floor in Almas Tower". World Federation of Diamond Bourses. 2009. Retrieved 1 June 2013. 
  7. ^ "Why Should You Live In Palm Jumeirah?". Listaproperty. 
  8. ^ "Emporis Skyscraper Award 2009". Emporis. 2010. Retrieved 6 June 2013. 

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