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Depa to fit out tallest tower

Leading Middle Eastern interior contracting company, Depa Dubai LLC, a division of Depa United Group has been awarded the subcontract for the fit-out of the iconic Burj Dubai development.

Leading Middle Eastern interior contracting company, Depa Dubai LLC, a division of Depa United Group has been awarded the subcontract for the fit-out of the iconic Burj Dubai development. Property developer Emaar has commissioned Depa to carry out the manufacture, supply, installation, construction and completion of the entire fit-out works for the 899 serviced and residential apartments, corridors, lift lobbies and the amenities levels, of what is cited to be the world’s tallest tower.

The contract, which is worth around AED 600,000,000, is the group’s largest project to date. “The Burj Dubai apartments will have beautiful interiors that will include very high quality finishes meticulously selected to reflect the uniqueness of this project,” says Mohannad Sweid, CEO, Depa United Group. The various residential units will be spread across levels 19 to 108. Amenities across the floors will include swimming pools; massage and exercise rooms, party rooms, yoga rooms, gazebos and juice bars. Each level will be formed of three main wings connected by a modern lift lobby with unique timber cladding, a timber ceiling and marble flooring. Burj Dubai will also feature the world’s fastest elevator with a speed of 65 km/h.

Typical apartment finishes will include parquet flooring with marble flooring used in the vestibule. Walls will be part timber clad and paint finished. Bathrooms will have marble flooring and walls with a marble bathtub surround. Designed by international architects Skidmore, Owings and Merrill, (also responsible for the Freedom Tower currently under construction on the World Trade Centre site in New York), the Burj Dubai is modelled on the geometries of the desert flower, with three elements arranged around a central core.

As the tower rises, it tapers in an upward spiralling pattern, decreasing the mass of the tower as it reaches the sky. At the top, the central core emerges and is scultped to form a finishing spire. Emaar are officially keeping the final height of the Burj Dubai strictly under wraps, however there are suggestions that the tower will reach approximately 808 metres. The total number of habitable floors is expected to be around 162 and aside from the residential floors, the initial 37 floors will be occupied by the world’s first Armani Hotel.

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