Extreme Building:
the Challenges of Constructing Burj Dubai

Wed, Jun 13, 2007
Diagram showing the construction of the spire of Burj Khalifa

Burj Dubai added a story every three days to its concrete frame to finally become the world’s tallest building, surpassing the former title-holder Taipei 101 at 508 meters. In January of 2009, Burj Dubai’s height was finally announced to top off at 818 meters. New Yorkers can imagine the Chrysler Building stacked atop of the Empire State to have an idea of its height and volume.

Height, heat, and concrete are three basic challenges of this titanic project that was constructed by the high-rise experts of South Korea’s Samsung Corporation. Turner International was the project and construction manager. The executive in charge of Highrise Building and Structural Engineering Divisions for the Samsung Corporation, general contractors Burj Dubai, explained the planning and execution of this unprecedented feat of skyscraper construction.

Ahmad Abdelrazaq

Executive Director, Highrise Building and Structural Engineering Divisions, Samsung Corporation.