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EXCLUSIVE: Burj Dubai set to open on Dec 2

Emaar's world’s tallest building set for official launch on UAE National Day.

The Burj Dubai will officially open to the public on December 2, to coincide with UAE National Day, Arabian Business can reveal.

The opening date of the world’s tallest building has been a closely guarded secret for years – however, a senior architect working on the project has confirmed that December 2 has been set aside for the opening.

The Armani Hotel, part of the building, will take its first guests on the same day.

Ceremonies to mark the launch are also being planned for December 2. It is not yet clear whether other parts of the tower will be fully accessible.

“This will be a huge achievement and a big celebration for the UAE and for Emaar, particularly as it’s UAE National Day. It will be the first time the public can enter the building,” said the architect.

Emaar has always maintained it will not comment on the specific opening date.

The final piece of glass cladding to complete the exterior of Burj Dubai, was now ready and would be installed within weeks, developer Emaar Properties said on Tuesday.

Spanning six-metres in length, the panel is the last of 24,348 pieces of cladding fitted to the super-structure.

Emaar has been tight-lipped over the final height of the Burj Dubai, which is thought to have topped out earlier this year at 818m.

More than 1,000 specially commissioned pieces of art will adorn the interiors of Burj Dubai.

Pride of place in the iconic structure’s residential lobby will be an artwork featuring 196 bronze and brass alloy cymbals - representing the 196 countries of the world - suspended on titanium rods anchored at the bottom of two pools.

Visitors to the lobby will be able to hear a distinct timbre as the cymbals, which are plated with 18-carat gold, are struck by dripping water, intended to mimic the sound of water falling on leaves.

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ssatay 11 years ago

It is fabulous to know that such an auspicious day has been chosen for the opening. We all know that Dubai and the world have problems, but it is awesome, that this achievement to the vision of the Rulers, has nearly approached a stage where its completion can be seen in the future. Emaar may have a lot wrong with them as a company, but at least they have nearly managed to complete this milestone for the rest of the world to admire.

munter 11 years ago

Seriously cool, really looking forward to a visit. Hope you can sit, take tea etc.

Ray 11 years ago

IT SERIOUSLY IS A MARVEL OF ARCHITECTURE AND ENGINEERING AND HARD WORK. WELL DONE TO ALL THOSE WHO ARE MAKING IT HAPPEN AND WE SHOULD ALL CELEBRATE SUCH AN ACHIEVEMENT AS HUMANS. CAN'T WAIT TO HAVE TEA AT 818 METERS!

T Crowe Semler 11 years ago

It is amazing how a small desert flower inspired the vision for Burj Dubai...Masha'Allah...creativity is the "highest order" for human beings (no pun intended). Congratulations Dubai, Emaar, Adrian Smith, SOM, Samsung, Besix, Arabtec, and Turner Constuction....BRAVO BRAVO

Celebration 11 years ago

... and its opening and national day is going to coincide with my birthday..great.. wohoo!!!

Michelle 11 years ago

Really looking forward to the opening !!!

A.S. 11 years ago

Congrats to Sheikh Mohammad, Emaar and Dubai. It is quite an achievement and an hounor to have an Arab country accomplish so much in so little time. God Bles UAE, Dubai and its rulers

Wiley Dozis 11 years ago

All very nice, but realistically, it's just something pretty for tourists to photograph and visit, like any other big building in the world.

F Backer 11 years ago

Congrats to Emaar and Shaikh Mohammed on developing a landmark project. What is good about the project is turning dreams to reality.

J M Latorre 11 years ago

¡Great! keep on doing, you will get it all.rnThanks, Jose