Burj Dubai to extend higher as it fights delay

The completion of the Burj Dubai has been delayed further until September 2009, according to master developer Emaar.

SLOWED TOWER: The Burj Dubai’s finishing date has already been pushed back twice.
SLOWED TOWER: The Burj Dubai’s finishing date has already been pushed back twice.

The completion of the Burj Dubai has been delayed further until September 2009, according to master developer Emaar.

The Burj Dubai was scheduled to open this coming December, before being pushed back to April 2009. This latest delay is the second time the completion date has been revised.

Emaar chairman Mohamed Ali Alabbar said the delay was caused by a need to ensure all the "fine finishes" were in place.

He said: "We are opening the Burj Dubai once in a lifetime, and we want to make sure that everything is done neatly. If it's pushed back another two or three months, that's fine.

"We are not doing this so that we have something to celebrate for one day. We are doing this so that we have something to celebrate forever."

Fred Durie, Emaar executive director of projects, said: "We decided we were going to build higher, that was one of the reasons for the delay.

"Also, when we designed it in 2004, we had the best finishes.

"As work progressed, the finishes on all of our other buildings caught up to the Burj, so we had to do something special for the Burj customers.

"That's the reason for the upgrades, and the extra time."

Burj Dubai is being built by a joint venture between the UAE-based Arabtec Construction Company, South Korea's Samsung and Belgium's Besix.

A source from the joint venture told Construction Week, that going higher wasn't the only reason for the delay.

Contracting problems, construction costs and last minute design changes were other reasons. The source also said that going higher did not necessarily mean adding an extra floor.

Construction of the Burj, in the Downtown Burj Dubai area, began in 2004. Emaar has remained tight- lipped over the eventual height of the Burj, though it is now believed the building, including the spire, could peak at around 900m.

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