Burj Al Alam
|Burj Al Alam
برج العالم (Arabic)
Artist's rendering of Burj Al Alam at night
|Type||Office, hotel, restaurant, retail|
|Location||Business Bay, Dubai, United Arab Emirates|
|Construction started||November 12, 2006|
|Estimated completion||2012 (2009 estimate)|
|Opening||Second half of 2012 (2009 estimate)|
|Antenna spire||510 m (1,673 ft)|
|Floor area||4 million sq ft|
|Design and construction|
|Developer||Dubai Properties, Fortune Group|
|Main contractor||Engineering Consultants Group
D.G. Jones and Partners Dubai
The Burj Al Alam (English: "World Tower") was a proposed 108-story, 510 m (1,670 ft) hyperboloid skyscraper in the Business Bay area of Dubai, United Arab Emirates, though the project's roots are in a 101-storey design called "Fortune 101" and slated for the Dubai Marina area. It was designed to resemble a crystal flower. If constructed, it would have become one of the world's tallest buildings. The tower is one of the projects of the Fortune Group, which has a number of other projects in Dubai such as the Fortune Bay and Fortune Tower.
The proposed building plan would have contained 74 floors of office space, a retail area at the base, and a hotel and serviced apartments in the top 27 floors. A 5-star hotel section would contain the highest hotel rooms in the world. The building would also feature a 6-storey crown that will contain a Turkish bath, sky garden, and other club facilities.
Ground breaking occurred on 12 November 2006 with the tower slated for completion in 2009, but the project was dogged by delays in payments from investors due to the global financial crisis. Construction of the tower was put on hold just after piling work on the foundations was completed. A report in 2009, at which point the main contractor for construction had not yet been selected, stated the structure was expected to be completed in 2012. However there has been little sign of activity at the site since that date, or of further statements regarding progress. As of May 2013, satellite maps of the site reveal the pit dug out for foundations has been filled in.
As of 2012, the tower's official website has expired and is now domain parked.
- List of tallest buildings in Dubai
- List of tallest buildings in Asia
- List of buildings with 100 floors or more
- "Burj Al Alam - The World Tower: Page 21". Fortune Group. Retrieved 2008-03-10.
- Burj Al Alam on Emporis.com
- Burj Al Alam renders
- Details of launch - AME Info
- Another Article - Gulf News
- Construction photos