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Arabic-language book on world's top towers features Dubai's Burj Khalifa

DCT Abu Dhabi and Emaar have launched the Arabic translation of 'Skyscrapers: A History of World’s Most Extraordinary Buildings'

At a height of 828m, Dubai's Burj Khalifa is the tallest building in the world.
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At a height of 828m, Dubai's Burj Khalifa is the tallest building in the world.

The Arabic-language version of a book exploring the world's most impactful towers, called Skyscrapers: A History of World’s Most Extraordinary Buildings (2008), has been released by Department of Culture and Tourism – Abu Dhabi (DCT Abu Dhabi) and Dubai-headquartered real estate giant Emaar Properties.

Kalima Translation Project has released the translated version of the book, authored by American author and structural historian Judith Dupré. The translation, implemented by Ahmad Mahmoud and reviewed by Oman Saeed Al Ayubi, is expected to further knowledge about the impact of skyscrapers such as Burj Khalifa and Burj Al Arab on their cities. 

"Skyscrapers are built on the basic premise that high-quality architecture would attract businesses and tourists and make Dubai the Middle East's financial and tourism hub," Dupré writes in the original English-language book.

"Dubai needed a symbol, so came the idea of Burj Khalifa as the world's tallest building. The strategy succeeded [in] delivering the vision [of] making Dubai one of the most known cities around the world."

According to UAE state news agency, Wam, the book is targeted towards "people who are interested in why and how skyscrapers are built", and "explores the architecture, engineering, and cultural influence of skyscrapers as city icons and symbols of urbanisation".

The translation of the book is aimed at enhancing the cultural scene in the UAE and the Arab region, as part of DCT Abu Dhabi and Emaar's ‘We Support Culture’ initiative.

Officially the world's tallest tower, Burj Khalifa was constructed by South Korea's Samsung C&T and Turner International Projects. The building was designed by Adrian Smith, who at the time worked with Skidmore, Owings and Merrill (Som), along with William F Baker, Som partner for structural and civil engineering, and George Efstathiou, Som's former managing partner.

Burj Khalifa’s construction was a part of HH Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE, and Ruler of Dubai’s vision for high-rise buildings, which also led to the development of Burj Al Arab. 

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