By Soren Billing
UPDATE 2: Emaar chairman says opening will now coincide with Dubai ruler's four year anniversary.
Burj Dubai, the tallest building in the world, will not open until January 4 next year, it was announced on Wednesday.
The opening will coincide with the four-year anniversary of Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum becoming the ruler of Dubai, official news agency WAM reported.
"We decided to inaugurate the world's highest tower during an anniversary that is dear to the hearts of everyone," Emaar chairman Mohammed Alabbar said in a statement.
"The Burj Dubai reflects the ambitious vision set by His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid."
Sheikh Mohammed had been "the first supporter of the company and all of its projects since its inception", he added.
Developer Emaar had planned to open the the iconic tower on December 2, Alabbar told CNN last month.
December 2 is the National Day of the UAE.
In the CNN interview, Alabbar said that he was "shooting for UAE National Day", adding that "12,000 staff were working inside trying to get the building ready".
Work on the Burj Dubai started in January 2004 and the tower reached 100 levels in January 2007. A month later, it surpassed the Sears Tower in Chicago as the building with the most floors in the world.
Burj Dubai is now the world's tallest building and tallest man-made structure, having surpassed the height of the KVLY-TV mast in North Dakota, USA.
Well this is the fourth time the date has been extended. What I dont understand is that why doesnt Emaar give it more time ten hurry and keep on changing the date. My friend owns a unit in Burj Dubai, and he already told me that his handover date is after Jan 2010.
Delay wouldn't hurt too much. Very fact that the building is getting completed during one of the worst economic phases in recent memory, in itself is a great achievement. Will wait with bated breath. It will be a great day for Dubai. Hope it will serve to repair some of the damage done to the city due to its debacles in property and fanancial sector.
it means the net profit of emaar will be weak in the 4 Q of 2009
I dont thing they will open 0n 4 january2010. They already extended and change date 4 times before. I hope this times they will open.
When they say it is to open on January 4, it doesn't necessarily mean that all units will be handed over! they are talking about opening it to the public..the public don't care if unit 1210 is not ready yet, that is dealt with between Emaar and the owner of that unit. What will be open and accessible to the public is the hotel, some sort of museum or gallery and the 124 observation deck.
Masha'Allah... Truly amazing, inspired from a small desert flower. The creative imagination utilized in its highest form... no pun intended.