Burj Dubai (Arabic: برج دبي “Dubai Tower”) is a supertall skyscraper currently under construction in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. When it is completed in 2009,it is predicted to be the tallest man-made structure in the world. Scheduled for occupancy in September 2009, the building is part of a 2 km² (0.8 sq mi) development called ‘Downtown Dubai’ and is located at the “First Interchange” (aka “Defence Roundabout”) along Sheikh Zayed Road at Doha Street.
The tower’s architect is Adrian Smithwho worked with Skidmore, Owings and Merrill (SOM) until 2006.SOM is the architecture and engineering firm in charge of the project. The primary builder is Samsung Engineering & Construction, along with Besix and Arabtec.Turner Construction Company was chosen as the construction manager. Third party peer review has been performed by CBM Engineers.
The total budget for the Burj Dubai project is about $4.1 billion USD and for the entire new ‘Downtown Dubai’, $20 billion USD.
As of 5 February 2008, Burj Dubai has reached a height of 604.9 m (1,985 ft), with 159 completed floors.
Burj Dubai’s last three milestones will be to surpass 609.9 m (2,001 ft), the height of the Petronius oil platform in the Gulf of Mexico which is (depending on criteria) the tallest freestanding structure in the world; then 628.8 m (2,063 ft), the height of the KVLY-TV Mast in North Dakota, United States to become the world’s tallest structure and to pass the Warsaw radio mast in Konstantynów near Gąbin, Poland (646.4 m (2,121 ft) until it collapsed in 1991) to become the world’s tallest structure of any type ever built.