Dubai Facts

Population 2,213,845 (2013) Source: Dubai Statistics Center
Area 4,114 km² • 1,588 mi² Source: Dubai Statistics Center
150m+ Buildings 156 Completed40 Under Constr.
300m+ Buildings 18 Completed13 Under Constr.
Tallest Building Burj Khalifa (828 m)
Global Ranking #3 in the world by no. of 150m+ completed buildings
Regional Ranking #1 in Middle East by no. of 150m+ completed buildings
Country Ranking #1 in UAE by no. of 150m+ completed buildings
First 150m+ Building Burj Al Arab (1999)
Average Building Age 8 years
Most Common Function Residential, 51%
Most Common Material Concrete, 93%

All building-related facts are for 150m+ buildings.

Buildings See All Buildings in City

1   Burj Khalifa 2010 828 m
2   Entisar Tower 2020 520 m
3   Marina 106 2019 445 m
4   Marina 101 2017 427 m
5   Princess Tower 2012 413 m
6   23 Marina 2012 392 m
7   Elite Residence 2012 380 m
8   The Address The BLVD 2017 368 m
9   Almas Tower 2008 360 m
10   S Residence by Immo 2020 356 m
  Completed   Arch. Topped Out   Struct. Topped Out   Under Constr.
1   Dubai One 2021 711 m
2   Burj 2020 - 550 m
3   The Jumeirah Business Bay - 485 m
4   SZR Tower - 385 m
5   Business Bay Tower 1 - 365 m
6   Business Bay Tower 2 - 365 m
7   Il Primo Tower 1 2020 356 m
8   Flame Towers - 350 m
9   Il Primo Tower 2 - 300 m
10   Al Wasl Tower 2020 300 m
1   Burj Khalifa 2010 828 m
2   Dubai One 2021 711 m
3   Burj 2020 - 550 m
4   Entisar Tower 2020 520 m
5   The Jumeirah Business Bay - 485 m
6   Marina 106 2019 445 m
7   Marina 101 2017 427 m
8   Princess Tower 2012 413 m
9   23 Marina 2012 392 m
10   SZR Tower - 385 m
  Completed   Arch. Topped Out   Under Constr.   Proposed

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CTBUH Initiatives

Top 12 Happenings of 2016, Month-by-Month
19 Dec 2016 – CTBUH News

CTBUH 'UH'PDATE October 2016
4 Oct 2016 – CTBUH News

Twisting Tall Buildings
18 Aug 2016 – CTBUH Research

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CTBUH Initiatives Related to Dubai

Top 12 Happenings of 2016, Month-by-Month
19 Dec 2016, Chicago – CTBUH News
Check out the Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat's top stories of 2016 for each month and take a look ahead with the Council’s monthly predictions for 2017.
CTBUH 'UH'PDATE October 2016
4 Oct 2016, Toronto – CTBUH News
The fourth issue of CTBUH 'UH'PDATE provides information on some of the early events and studies of the Urban Habitat / Urban Design Committee.
Twisting Tall Buildings
18 Aug 2016, Chicago – CTBUH Research
CTBUH has released a study that looks at the recent proliferation of twisting towers creating a new generation of iconic buildings throughout the world.
The Changing Face of Brisbane: Seminar Three
28 Jul 2016, Brisbane – Event Report
The CTBUH Australia Chapter’s Brisbane Committee held a particular focus on Brisbane Skytower, currently under construction, during their third breakfast seminar.
CTBUH Names Tall Building Award Winners and Finalists
22 Jun 2016, Chicago – Awards Event
CTBUH is proud to announce the winners and finalists for the CTBUH 2016 Tall Building Awards, chosen from a pool of 132 submissions vying for recognition.
CTBUH Releases Year in Review: Tall Trends of 2015
Jan 2016 – CTBUH Journal Paper Report
CTBUH has determined that 106 buildings of 200 meters’ height or greater were completed around the world in 2015 – setting a new record for annual tall building completions.
Performance and Behavior of Tall Buildings for Wind Loads
13 Jan 2016, New York City – Event Report
CTBUH YPC hosted an event on wind engineering and understanding its effects on tall buildings as well as to provide insight into the engineering efforts in design of shorter buildings.
Warm Weather Spaces Walking Tours 2015
17 Sep 2015 – Tour Report
The CTBUH Urban Habitat / Urban Design Committee organized guided walking tours of 16 cities around the globe, focusing on urban habitats around tall buildings.
CTBUH Dubai Leads Tour of Cayan Tower
9 Jun 2015, Dubai – Event Report
CTBUH Dubai hosted a tour of Dubai's Cayan Tower, situated in the heart of the Dubai Marina. The tour was led by Dean McGrail, a CTBUH representative in UAE, and Director at WSP.
CTBUH Releases Year in Review: Tall Trends of 2014
Dec 2014 – CTBUH Journal Paper
An All-Time Record 97 Buildings of 200 Meters or Higher Completed in 2014 and 2014 showed further shifts towards Asia, and also surprising developments in building functions and structural materials.
Dubai Committee Holds Inaugural Event
10 Dec 2014, Dubai – Event Report
CTBUH held its Inaugural Dubai Committee Event at the Vida Downtown Hotel. The event was held to reintroduce and reinvigorate interest in the CTBUH in Dubai.
CTBUH Representatives Accompany Saudi Visit to Qatar, UAE
Oct 2014 – Tour Report
Henning Larsen Architects have been commissioned to design a sizable new headquarters building for a key Saudi organization and visited similar projects in Qatar and UAE.
CTBUH, EMI Lead Emirates Tall-Building Study Trip
23-27 Mar 2014 – Tour Report
Georges Binder, Belgium Country Leader, recently joined with Executive Master Immobilier to conduct a study trip on tall buildings to the United Arab Emirates.
CTBUH Releases Year in Review: Tall Trends of 2013
Dec 2013 – CTBUH Journal Paper
By all appearances, the small increase in the total number of tall-building completions from 2012 into 2013 is indicative of a return to the prevalent trend of increasing completions each year over…
CTBUH Releases Year in Review: Tall Trends of 2012
Dec 2012 – CTBUH Journal Paper
For the first time in six years the number of tall buildings completed annually around the world declined as the effects of the global financial crisis became evident.
First Wave of City Representatives Appointed
1 Jul 2012, Chicago – CTBUH News
More than 35 City Representatives have been appointed in 13 countries as the CTBUH expands its network at a grass roots level.
23 Marina Signboard Inaugurated
Mar 2012, Dubai – Event Report
23 Marina has inaugurated a CTBUH Signboard which recognizes the building as the tallest all-residential building in the world, with a height of 393 meters.
CTBUH Releases Year in Review: Tall Trends of 2011
Dec 2011 – CTBUH Journal Paper
The annual story is becoming a familiar one: 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, and now 2011 have each sequentially broke the record for the most 200 meter or higher buildings completed in a given year. Once…
The Tallest 20 in 2020: Entering the Era of the Megatall
8 Dec 2011, Chicago – CTBUH Research
Within this decade we will likely witness not only the world’s first kilometer-tall building, but also the completion of a significant number of buildings over 600 meters.
CTBUH Releases Tallest Buildings Completed in 2010
Dec 2010 – CTBUH Journal Paper
In a year dominated by news coverage of the new “World’s Tallest Building” – Burj Khalifa, Dubai – one may be surprised to learn that, besides being the year in which a building first surpassed the…
2008 Dubai Congress Report
Feb 2009, Dubai – CTBUH Publication
The post congress review celebrates some of the best moments of the 8th World Congress, held in Dubai, United Arab Emirates March 3-5, 2008.
CTBUH Releases Tallest Buildings Completed in 2008
Dec 2008 – CTBUH Journal Paper
Against the backdrop of global economic crisis, 2008 witnessed the most successful year of skyscraper construction to date, with more skyscrapers constructed globally within a single year than ever…
Social Networking Events, CTBUH 8th World Congress
2-5 Mar 2008, Dubai – Event Report
There were many social networking opportunities at the Congress including a golf outing, networking lunches, and a grand dinner.
2008 Dubai 8th World Congress: Tall and Green
3-5 Mar 2008, Dubai – Conference
The Congress hosted presentations, seminars and workshops covering virtually every aspect of tall building development, with a particular emphasis on sustainability.
Cultural Tours, CTBUH 8th World Congress
3-5 Mar 2008, Dubai – Tour Report
Accompanying spouses and partners were able to experience the tourist side of Dubai by undertaking one of the three sightseeing tours organized each day.
Technical Tours, CTBUH 8th World Congress
4 Mar 2008, Dubai – Tour Report
Tours to experience five seminal projects in Dubai including the Burj Dubai, the Emirates Towers, the Index Tower, the Burj Al Arab and Palm Jumeirah.
CTBUH Releases Tallest Buildings Completed in 2007
Dec 2007 – CTBUH Journal Paper
333 meters high with 72 stories and 480 suites, Rose Rotana Tower in Dubai leads the list of the 10 tallest buildings completed in 2007. The tower, which is developed by Bonyan International…
CTBUH Releases Tallest Buildings Completed in 2006
Dec 2006 – CTBUH Journal Paper
Nina Tower 1 in Hong Kong, at 319 meters high, leads the list of the ten tallest buildings completed in 2006. The Sports City Tower/Aspire Tower (Doha, United Arab Emirates) at 300 meters, and Eureka…

Global News

Work Begins on Dubai’s Palm Jumeirah Project
10 Oct 2014 – Omniyat Group and Drake & Scull International (DSI…

Highest Floors in Dubai’s Marina 101 Go On Sale
11 Sep 2014 – The top 20 floors of Marina 101, Dubai’s future…

Fog Phenomenon Returns to Transform Dubai Skyline
14 Feb 2014 – Twice a year, weather conditions generate a cloud-…

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Work Begins on Dubai’s Palm Jumeirah Project
10 Oct 2014
Omniyat Group and Drake & Scull International (DSI) announced that they have begun construction on their megaproject in Palm Jumeirah, breaking ground on the first…
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Highest Floors in Dubai’s Marina 101 Go On Sale
11 Sep 2014
The top 20 floors of Marina 101, Dubai’s future second-tallest building, are going on sale. When completed at the end of December 2014, the 427-meter tall Marina 101 will…
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Fog Phenomenon Returns to Transform Dubai Skyline
14 Feb 2014
Twice a year, weather conditions generate a cloud-like fog that settles between the ground and sky, which creates a heavenly vision of the world’s tallest skyscraper tips…
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Residents of Burj Khalifa Fear Drastic Consequences of Unpaid Fees
7 Feb 2014
Tenants of the world’s tallest building worry that they may be denied access to elevator service and air conditioning if their landlord does not settle outstanding…
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Hong Kong Investors Bank on Dubai Pearl Project
5 Feb 2014
Chow Tai Fook Endowment Industry Development (CTFE), a Hong Kong development group, has invested US$1.9 billion in the hopes of breathing life into the expansive, yet…
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Luxury Residential Tower Attached to Dubai Mall
21 Jan 2014
Residents who wish to live large are able to do so at Boulevard Point, which offers access to the world’s largest mall through a dedicated bridge link, views of Burj…
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Vida Residence Launched in Downtown Dubai
14 Jan 2014
Emaar Properties has launched a swanky new 57-story residential tower in downtown Dubai. The fully-serviced 320-unit apartment complex targets the changing demographic of…
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Dubai’s Record-Breaking Fireworks Show Includes Burj Khalifa
2 Jan 2014
Always a place where “size matters,” Dubai kicked off 2014 with an appropriately gigantic fireworks display, launching more than 500,000 incendiaries in six minutes. The…
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Mövenpick Opens Sixth Hotel in Jumeirah Lakes
11 Nov 2013
Mövenpick Hotel Jumeirah Lakes Towers has opened its doors, marking the Swiss operator's sixth Dubai hotel. The mixed-use property will contain 475 units, including 168…
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Arabtec Wins Mysterious Tower Contract
8 Nov 2013
Arabtec Holding, Dubai's largest publicly listed construction firm, has been awarded an AED1.8 billion (US$500 million) contract to build a 77-story mixed-use tower in…
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"Not Planning Megatall," Says Emaar
7 Nov 2013
Emaar Properties has issued a statement announcing that it currently has no plans to build a new tower that is taller than the Burj Khalifa. In the statement, a…
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Marina 101 Gets Dreamy Rename
11 Oct 2013
Real estate company Dream has announced its next international hotel project, Dream Dubai, in the under-construction Marina 101. Dream officials disclosed that the hotel…
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MAG Steams Ahead with Four Major Developments
10 Oct 2013
Dubai-based MAG Group said on Sunday it will unveil four new Dubai freehold residential and retail leasing projects this month, with a combined sales values of AED3.25…
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Lagoon Revival Arrives with a Splash
9 Oct 2013
The world's largest manmade lagoon is to be constructed in Dubai as part of the planned Mohammed Bin Rashid City District One development. Meydan Group and Sobha Group,…
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Sales Begin for Advancing Entisar Tower Project
8 Oct 2013
The Dubai-based Meydan Group today released 444 serviced apartments for sale in the 110-story Entisar Tower on Sheikh Zayed Road. The mixed-use supertall tower, at an…
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Branding Tall Buildings as Luxurious
6 Sep 2013
Arabian Business profiles the process of marketing tall buildings in a recent article, including the man responsible for branding the Burj Khalifa. John Brash of Brash…
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SOM Designs Bank HQ in Dubai
4 Sep 2013
Skidmore, Owings & Merrill has won the commission to design the Mashreq Bank Headquarters in Dubai. The 32-story office building features a cantilevered volume at the top…
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Bloomberg Weighs In on the Next Tallest Tower
20 Aug 2013
June marked the announcement by Ahmed Bin Sulayam, Chairman of the Dubai Multi Commodities Centre (DMCC) announcement of his project to build the world's future tallest…
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Google Takes to the Skies, Courtesy of the Burj
26 Jun 2013
Google has taken its Street View imagery to the top of the Burj Khalifa, under the direction of Pascal Malite, Street View Program Manager. Google spent three days at the…
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West Avenue Sales Mark Dubai Real Estate Revival
25 Jun 2013
Select Property has announced that its West Avenue project in Dubai Marina has sold over 90 percent in five months. The $109 million residential tower is the first to be…
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Elevators Fail in Princess Tower
17 Jun 2013
Homeowners living in the tallest residential skyscraper still have to climb as much as 50 flights of stairs, after all eight elevators in the building broke down last…
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Infinity Tower is Renamed at Opening Ceremonies
11 Jun 2013
The AED1 billion Infinity Tower has been renamed Cayan Tower, after its developer. The name was chosen to end the confusion with the other two Infinity Towers, in…
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Video: Watch the Climb to the Top
10 Jun 2013
Photographer Joe McNally recently captured a series of dizzying images from the top of the world's tallest building, the Burj Khalifa. He has also released an interesting…
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Dubai's Infinity Tower Completed
5 Jun 2013
Saudi Arabian developer Cayan Investment & Development will celebrate the inauguration of Dubai's Infinity Tower next Monday, June 10. The 75-story building spirals 90…
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Hear the Burj Khalifa Creaking in a Storm
17 Apr 2013
A recent video posted on YouTube of Dubai's Burj Khalifa records what it's like to be in the tower while experiencing the strong winds of a storm. The building, which is…
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The Man Behind the Burj Khalifa Seeks to Do It Again
1 Apr 2013
The chairman and founder of real estate giant Emaar Properties, Mohammed Alabbar, is developing plans to build a 1 kilometer-plus tower in Asia. In an extensive interview…
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Dubai in the Mist
29 Mar 2013
German photographer Sebastian Opitz has created a series of images of the city of Dubai swathed in mist. Taken from the 85th floor of the 413-meter (1,356-foot) Princess…
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Paramount Launches Major Four Tower Project
12 Mar 2013
Paramount Pictures is partnering with developer Damac Properties to build a $1 billion hotel project in Dubai. The Damac Towers project is Paramount's first venture into…
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Burj Khalifa Struck by Lightning
11 Dec 2012
Photos have emerged of a lightning bolt striking the Burj Khalifa in Dubai. The tallest building in the world was hit during a rare electric storm that passed through the…

Videos

Urban Planning in Dubai, Cultural and Human Scale Context
27 Oct 2015 – Akram Ogaily, Hill International

Fazlur R. Khan Lifetime Achievement Award: Wind Engineering the World’s Tallest
6 Nov 2014 – Dr. Peter Irwin, RWDI Consulting Engineers

Best Tall Building Middle East & Africa: The World’s Tallest Twisting Tower: Cayan Tower
6 Nov 2014 – George Efstathiou, SOM

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Urban Planning in Dubai, Cultural and Human Scale Context
27 Oct 2015 – Presentation at CTBUH 2015 New York Conference; Akram Ogaily, Hill International
The rapid urbanization of Dubai and regional Middle Eastern cities presents challenges with respect to the traditional local city fabric and the advent of modern high-…
Fazlur R. Khan Lifetime Achievement Award: Wind Engineering the World’s Tallest
6 Nov 2014 – CTBUH "13th Annual Awards"; Dr. Peter Irwin, RWDI Consulting Engineers
Peter Irwin, one of the founding partners of Rowan Williams Davies and Irwin Inc. (RWDI), has led wind engineering on many of the world’s tallest buildings, including the…
Best Tall Building Middle East & Africa: The World’s Tallest Twisting Tower: Cayan Tower
6 Nov 2014 – CTBUH "13th Annual Awards"; George Efstathiou, SOM
The Cayan Tower is a luxury apartment building with a striking helical shape, turning 90 degrees over the course of its height. Each floor is identical in plan, but is…
Interview: Cayan Tower
6 Nov 2014 – 2014 Awards Ceremony/Symposium Interviews; William Baker & George J. Efstathiou, SOM
Thursday 6th November 2014. Chicago, IL. William Baker & George Efstathiou, Skidmore, Owings & Merrill, are interviewed by Chris Bentley regarding the Best Tall Building…
Incorporating Historic Elements in Façade Design
11 Jun 2013 – Presentation at CTBUH 2013 London Conference; Bashar Kayali, Al Ghurair Construction
The aesthetic impact of a building façade goes beyond the overall appearance of the individual building, it has the ability to define the surrounding public spaces and in…
Burj Khalifa: Creating the World’s Tallest Integrated “Vertical City”
21 Sep 2012 – Presentation at CTBUH 2012 9th World Congress, Shanghai; David Bradford, Turner International
Burj Khalifa, the world’s tallest building, is more than simply an icon for fast-growing Dubai. Emaar Properties created the world’s most dramatic example of an…
Lynn S. Beedle Lifetime Achievement Award: 40 Years of Designing the Supertall
3 Nov 2011 – CTBUH "10th Annual Awards"; Adrian Smith, Adrian Smith + Gordon Gill Architecture
As one of the world’s foremost experts on supertall buildings, Adrian has contributed greatly to the development of this highly specialized building type. Adrian will…
Best Tall Building Middle East & Africa: The Index: Passive design for the Middle Eastern High-rise
3 Nov 2011 – CTBUH "10th Annual Awards"; Thomas Wiegand, Union Properties; Toby Blunt, Foster + Partners
The Index has a long but narrow profile which houses its mixed residential-over-office functions within its coherent but well articulated form. The tower has been…
Optimizing the Structural Design and Construction Planning of the Icon Hotel, Dubai, UAE
Oct 2011 – Presentation at CTBUH 2011 Seoul Conference; Soo Gon Lee, Samsung C&T Corporation
Presentation includes a brief introduction of the Icon Hotel in Dubai (160m tall wheel shape structure with external diameter of 165m and internal diameter of 78m),…
Burj Khalifa - Benefits and Challenges
Oct 2011 – Presentation at CTBUH 2011 Seoul Conference; Rhys Williams, Honeywell
To provide an insight into the challenges faced, successes and lessons learned during the construction and commissioning phases of the Burj Khalifa project. To share with…
The Development of Full Scale Structural Health Monitoring Program for the Burj Khalifa
Oct 2011 – Presentation at CTBUH 2011 Seoul Conference; Ahmad K. Abdelrazaq, Samsung C&T
Ahmad K. Abdelrazaq presents "The Development of Full Scale Structural Health Monitoring Program for the Burj Khalifa, State of the Art Report".
Fire and Life Safety for the New Generation of Supertall Buildings
Oct 2011 – Presentation at CTBUH 2011 Seoul Conference; Peter A. Weismantle, Adrian Smith + Gordon Gill Architecture
After the events of 9/11, why are we still building not only tall buildings, but supertall buildings? The answer to that question leads to a discussion on the…
Best Tall Building Middle East & Africa: Burj Khalifa: A New Typology for Tall Buildings
21 Oct 2010 – CTBUH "9th Annual Awards"; William Baker & George J. Efstathiou, SOM
The Burj Khalifa’s unprecedented height required substantial innovation in design techniques, building systems, and construction processes. The building reaches its…
Fazlur Khan Lifetime Achievement Medal: The Skyscraper and the Structural Process: 40 years of engineering the Supertall
21 Oct 2010 – CTBUH "9th Annual Awards"; Professor Ysrael Seinuk, Ysrael A. Seinuk; Presentation by Professor Seinuk's Daughter, Beatriz Seinuk-Ackerman
Prof. Seinuk is known as a worldwide authority on the design and construction of high-rise concrete and steel buildings. A reflection of his life's work will include…
Supertalls: The Next-Generation
5 Feb 2010 – Presentation at CTBUH 2010 Mumbai Conference; William Baker, SOM
With the completion of the Burj Dubai, one is left to question: how much higher can we go? Undoubtedly, the lessons learned during the design and construction of Burj…
Improved Techniques for Vertical Transport for Supertall Buildings
5 Feb 2010 – Presentation at CTBUH 2010 Mumbai Conference; Rick Barker, Barker Mohandas
This presentation covers the innovative techniques and applied technologies for the vertical transportation system for the 1-kilometre, 200+ storey high Nakheel Tower…
Emergency Building Evacuations via Elevators
5 Feb 2010 – Presentation at CTBUH 2010 Mumbai Conference; Jim Fortune, Fortune Consultants
Since the Las Vegas MGM Grand fire in 1973, most building codes were changed to follow the Phase 1 Firefighters’ return features during an emergency. After 9-11 it…
The World’s Tallest as Economic Stimulus
22 Oct 2009 – Presentation at CTBUH 2009 Chicago Conference; H.E. Mohamed Ali Alabbar, Emaar Properties
As the Burj Dubai nears completion in 2009, the Burj has been well documented in both design and technical terms. Envisaged as the "jewel in the crown" of a much larger…
The Sustainable Vision of Dubai
3 Mar 2008 – Presentation at CTBUH 2008 8th World Congress, Dubai; HE Hussain Nasser Lootah, Dubai Municipality
HE Hussain Nasser Lootah of Dubai Municipality, discussed how Dubai has positioned itself as the global epicenter of urban construction activity in recent years,…

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Research Papers

The Space Between: Urban Spaces Surrounding Tall Buildings
17 Oct 2016 – Cities to Megacities: Shaping Dense Vertical Urbanism

Paints in Extreme Exposures: Long-Term Durability and Cost Savings Throughout Building Life Cycle
17 Oct 2016 – Cities to Megacities: Shaping Dense Vertical Urbanism

Year in Review: Tall Trends of 2015
Jan 2016 – CTBUH Journal, 2016 Issue I

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The Space Between: Urban Spaces Surrounding Tall Buildings
17 Oct 2016 – Cities to Megacities: Shaping Dense Vertical Urbanism; James Parakh, City of Toronto Planning Division
This paper is intended to introduce the upcoming CTBUH technical guide titled “The Space Between,” which investigates the importance of publicly accessible spaces…
Paints in Extreme Exposures: Long-Term Durability and Cost Savings Throughout Building Life Cycle
17 Oct 2016 – Cities to Megacities: Shaping Dense Vertical Urbanism; Huan Wu & Ashraf Wassef, The Jotun Group
A protective coating is applied as a long term anti-corrosion method in steel protection; it can save the operation costs of buildings across entire life cycles, if the…
Year in Review: Tall Trends of 2015
Jan 2016 – CTBUH Journal, 2016 Issue I; Jason Gabel, Marty Carver & Marshall Gerometta, CTBUH
CTBUH has determined that 106 buildings of 200 meters’ height or greater were completed around the world in 2015 – setting a new record for annual tall building…
Geotechnical Parameter Assessment for Tall Building Foundation Design
Dec 2015 – International Journal of High-Rise Buildings Volume 4 Number 4; Harry Poulos, Coffey Geotechnics; Frances Badelow, Mott MacDonald
This paper discusses the design parameters that are required for the design of high-rise building foundations, and suggests that the method of assessment for these…
The Tall Building Impact: From Local to Global
26 Oct 2015 – The Middle East: A Selection of Written Works on Iconic Towers and Global Place-Making; Adrian Smith & Peter Weismantle, Adrian Smith + Gordon Gill Architecture
AS+GG’s Director of Supertall Technology interviews AS+GG Partner Adrian Smith about the impact that supertall buildings have on a city’s identity, economy, ecological…
Urban Planning in Dubai; Cultural and Human Scale Context
26 Oct 2015 – The Middle East: A Selection of Written Works on Iconic Towers and Global Place-Making; Akram Ogaily, Hill International
The rapid urbanization of Dubai and regional Middle Eastern cities presents challenges with respect to the traditional local city fabric and the advent of modern high-…
Reflecting on the Inauguration of the Burj Khalifa, Dubai 2010
26 Oct 2015 – The Middle East: A Selection of Written Works on Iconic Towers and Global Place-Making; Pierre Marcout, Prisme Entertainment Inc & Prisme International
Dubai is a city that emerged in only a decade. Though facing successive challenges it has built an attractive reputation around the world. Criticized and envied, it…
The Network of Urban Spaces Surrounding Tall Buildings
26 Oct 2015 – Global Interchanges: Resurgence of the Skyscraper City; James Parakh, City of Toronto Planning Department
This paper investigates the Network of Urban Spaces Surrounding Tall Buildings, the Tall Building as Place Makers how Tall Buildings meet the street. As contributing…
Context, Climate, Culture – Investigating Place in Tall Building Design
26 Oct 2015 – Context, Climate, Culture – Investigating Place in Tall Building Design; Robert Goodwin, Perkins + Will
Should a tower in Moscow look like one in Dubai? Once one entered a city and marveled at the unique magic of its architecture – the pastel classicism of St. Petersburg;…
The Challenges of Delivering Iconic Tall Buildings Across the World: A Global Technology Transfer
26 Oct 2015 – Global Interchanges: Resurgence of the Skyscraper City; Ahmad Abdelrazaq, Samsung C&T Corporation
Samsung and the authors’ involvement in these major tall and complex building projects have facilitated the transfer of the technologies and best practices to projects…
Risk-Based Approach of Achieving Code Compliance in Tall Buildings: Case Study
26 Oct 2015 – Global Interchanges: Resurgence of the Skyscraper City; John Devlin, Aon Fire Protection Engineering Corporation
This paper is a case study of Nakheel Tower, Dubai, UAE – a proposed 1,000m and 200 plus story tall building – and the risk-based approach used for the design of the fire…
Tall Buildings in Numbers: World’s Highest Observation Decks
Aug 2015 – CTBUH Journal, 2015 Issue III; CTBUH Research
Perhaps no element of a tall building is more closely related to the pure pleasure of standing high in the sky and taking in the view of one’s surroundings than…
Year in Review: Tall Trends of 2014
Dec 2014 – CTBUH Journal, 2015 Issue I; Daniel Safarik, Antony Wood, Marty Carver & Marshall Gerometta, CTBUH
An All-Time Record 97 Buildings of 200 Meters or Higher Completed in 2014 and 2014 showed further shifts towards Asia, and also surprising developments in building…
The Competition for the Tallest Skyscraper - Implications for Global Ethics and Economics
Nov 2014 – CTBUH Journal, 2014 Issue IV; Christopher Michaelson, University of St. Thomas
An iconic skyscraper has aesthetic significance that may have meaning for other aspects of human experience – serving, for example, as an expression of cultural and…
Dream Deferred: Unfinished Tall Buildings
Nov 2014 – CTBUH Journal, 2014 Issue IV; CTBUH Research
Without big dreams, there would be no tall buildings. Conceiving, financing, designing, and constructing a skyscraper is no simple feat, even under the best of conditions…
Highest Helipads
Jun 2014 – CTBUH Journal, 2014 Issue II; CTBUH Research
In this installment of Tall Buildings in Numbers, CTBUH considers how helipads are used on skyscrapers, and which are the highest in the world. The results were somewhat…
Year in Review: Tall Trends of 2013
Dec 2013 – CTBUH Journal, 2014 Issue I; Daniel Safarik, Antony Wood, Marty Carver & Marshall Gerometta, CTBUH
By all appearances, the small increase in the total number of tall-building completions from 2012 into 2013 is indicative of a return to the prevalent trend of increasing…
Year in Review: Tall Trends of 2012
Dec 2012 – CTBUH Journal, 2013 Issue I; Kevin Brass, Antony Wood & Marty Carver, CTBUH
For the first time in six years the number of tall buildings completed annually around the world declined as the effects of the global financial crisis became evident.
How Tall Buildings Meet the Ground is as Important as How They Meet the Sky
Sep 2012 – CTBUH 2012 9th World Congress, Shanghai; James Goettsch, Goettsch Partners
If you are concerned about the urban habitat, you have to be concerned about whether or not buildings provide a positive experience at the ground level.
Holistic Approach of Beehive (Hexagrid), New Innovative Approach to Supertall Free Form Buildings
Sep 2012 – CTBUH 2012 9th World Congress, Shanghai; Peyman Askarinejad, Ted Jacob Engineering Group
The HexaGrid system is a new look from an alternative perspective on how structural engineers can achieve the requirements of designing high-rise structures while…
The Tallest 20 in 2020: Entering the Era of the Megatall
Jan 2012 – CTBUH Journal, 2012 Issue I; CTBUH Research
Within this decade we will likely witness not only the world’s first kilometer-tall building, but also the completion of a significant number of buildings over 600 meters…
Burj Khalifa Dubai, UAE
13 Jan 2012 – Corporate Publication
As the world’s tallestbuilding, the Burj Khalifasets the standard for whatarchitecture and designshould be. At 828 meters,the building houses the highest swimming pool,…
Year in Review: Tall Trends of 2011
Dec 2011 – CTBUH Journal, 2012 Issue I; Nathaniel Hollister & Antony Wood, CTBUH
The annual story is becoming a familiar one: 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, and now 2011 have each sequentially broke the record for the most 200 meter or higher buildings…
Validating the Dynamics of the Burj Khalifa
May 2011 – CTBUH Journal, 2011 Issue II; Ahmad Abdelrazaq, Samsung C&T
Historically, tall building design and construction relied solely on minimum building code requirements. While many research and monitoring programs have been implemented…
Tallest Buildings Completed in 2010
Dec 2010 – CTBUH Journal, 2011 Issue I; CTBUH Research
In a year dominated by news coverage of the new “World’s Tallest Building” – Burj Khalifa, Dubai – one may be surprised to learn that, besides being the year in which a…
Case Study: O-14 Folded Exoskeleton
Oct 2010 – CTBUH Journal, 2010 Issue III; Jesse Reiser & Nanako Umemoto, Reiser + Umemoto RUR Architecture; Jaime Ocampo, Ysrael A. Seinuk
O-14 is a 22-story commercial tower characterized by 1,326 openings, randomly located and varying in size, throughout the whole exterior shell. It is one of the first…
Structural Design of Reinforced Concrete Tall Buildings
Feb 2010 – CTBUH Journal, 2010 Issue I; Ali Sherif S. Rizk, Dar Al-Handasah Consultants
During the last 12 years the Structural Engineering Department at Dar Al-Handasah has designed 45 mixed-use tall buildings in different Arab countries. The designed…
Case Study: Nakheel Tower - The Vertical City
Aug 2009 – CTBUH Journal, 2009 Issue II; Mark Mitcheson-Low, Woods Bagot; Ahmad Rahimian, WSP Cantor Seinuk; Dennis O'Brien, Norman Disney & Young
Nakheel Harbour & Tower, Dubai's new capital, will be a beacon of inspiration for the region and the world, incorporating elements from Islamic culture. Encompassing…
Condenser Typology: Open Envelope Vertical Farming, the Extremes of Tower Urbanism
May 2009 – CTBUH Journal, 2009 Issue II; Matthew Wilson, Vectorfield.org
Can humidity-harvesting experiments inform tower urbanism in arid coastal environments? The finding of this study includes how the 'Condenser' tower typology deviates…
Tall Buildings in the Global Recession: 2008, 2020 and Beyond
Feb 2009 – CTBUH Journal, 2009 Issue I; Philip Oldfield & Antony Wood, CTBUH
The year 2008 will long be remembered as the start of an economic crisis that has gripped the entire globe - a year that may also have brought to an abrupt end the…
Optimization Tools for the Design of Structures
Jan 2009 – ASCESEI 2009; Mark Sarkisian, Eric Long, Chung-Soo Doo & David Shook, SOM
Structural optimization has attracted increasing interest in the building industry, especially in the design of high-rise buildings. By selectively distributing…
Tallest Buildings Completed in 2008
Dec 2008 – CTBUH Journal, 2009 Issue I; CTBUH Research
Against the backdrop of global economic crisis, 2008 witnessed the most successful year of skyscraper construction to date, with more skyscrapers constructed globally…
Tall Buildings in Numbers: The Tallest Buildings in the World: Past, Present & Future
Jun 2008 – CTBUH Journal, 2008 Issue II; CTBUH Research
Over time, the average height of the 100 tallest buildings in the world has been steadily increasing. However, by 2010, this average height will have jumped to 349…
Toward a Better Urban Life: Integration of Cities and Tall Buildings
Jun 2008 – 4th Architectural Conference on High Rise Buildings; Mir M. Ali & Ajla Aksamija, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
In the context of a rapidly urbanizing world, architects and planners should aim to create cities that are thriving, vibrant, and healthy. Well-planned cities containing…
How Supertall Buildings Can Benefit From Height
Mar 2008 – CTBUH 2008 8th World Congress, Dubai; Luke Leung & Peter Weismantle, SOM
Utilizing the earth and near-grade environment as a source of energy has historically been a common practice. Beyond solar and wind, designers do not usually look towards…
Burj Dubai: Designing the World’s Tallest
3 Mar 2008 – CTBUH 2008 8th World Congress, Dubai; Adrian Smith, Adrian Smith + Gordon Gill Architecture
This paper discusses the process of the Burj Dubai's design, offering insights into the refinement and development of the design in response to programmatic requirements…
Brief on the Construction Planning of the Burj Dubai Project, Dubai, UAE
Mar 2008 – CTBUH 2008 8th World Congress, Dubai; Ahmad Abdelrazaq, Kyung Jun Kim & Jae Ho Kim, Samsung C&T
The focus of this paper will be on the construction planning of the Burj Dubai tower, this paper will briefly present an overview of the structural system of the tower’s…
Engineering the World’s Tallest - Burj Bubai
Mar 2008 – CTBUH 2008 8th World Congress, Dubai; William F. Baker, D. Stanton Korista & Lawrence C. Novak, SOM
The goal of the Burj Dubai Tower is not simply to be the world’s highest building; it’s to embody the world’s highest aspirations.
A Postcard from Dubai - Design and Construction of Some of the Tallest Buildings in the World
Mar 2008 – CTBUH 2008 8th World Congress, Dubai; Andy Davids, Jonathan Wongso, Darko Popovic & Angus McFarlane, Hyder Consulting Middle East
This paper presents an overview of the design and construction of some of the tallest buildings in the world, currently under construction in the Gulf region. The paper…
Dubai Tower 29, Structure and Form
Mar 2008 – CTBUH 2008 8th World Congress, Dubai; Mahjoub Elnimeiri, CDCI Engineers
The author will present the architectural design ideas that led to the creation of Tower 29. He will then introduce the innovative structural design concepts and the…
Façade Access for the Burj Dubai and other Articulating Towers
Mar 2008 – CTBUH 2008 8th World Congress, Dubai; Lee Herzog, Lerch Bates Inc.
With the advent of supertall towers, and in some cases, articulating architectural features, the designing of façade access equipment has necessarily become increasingly…
The Sustainable Vision of Dubai
Mar 2008 – CTBUH 2008 8th World Congress, Dubai; Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, H.E. Hussain Nasser Lootah, United Arab Emirates
This paper focuses on recent strategies implemented in Dubai that will improve the sustainable performance of the city’s built environment; specifically the green…
From the Tallest to the Greenest - Paradigm Shift in Dubai
Mar 2008 – CTBUH 2008 8th World Congress, Dubai; Habiba Al Marashi, UN Global Impact; Jasleen Bhinder, Emirates Environmental Group
This paper discuses the Urban Challenges facing Dubai due to the construction boom, including the social, economical and environmental impacts of the construction…
Tallest Buildings Completed in 2007
Dec 2007 – CTBUH Research
333 meters high with 72 stories and 480 suites, Rose Rotana Tower in Dubai leads the list of the 10 tallest buildings completed in 2007. The tower, which is developed by…
Burj Dubai Stack Effect - Passive Stack Effect Mitigation Measures in the Design of the World's Tallest Building
Nov 2007 – CTBUH Journal, Fall 2007; Peter A. Weismantle & Luke Leung, SOM
The purpose of this paper is to outline the challenges related to stack effect faced by the Burj Dubai design team and to describe the measures taken to mitigate them.…
Tallest Buildings Completed in 2006
Dec 2006 – CTBUH Research
Nina Tower 1 in Hong Kong, at 319 meters high, leads the list of the ten tallest buildings completed in 2006. The Sports City Tower/Aspire Tower (Doha, United Arab…
The Wind Engineering of the Burj Dubai Tower
Oct 2005 – CTBUH 2005 7th World Congress, New York; Peter Irwin, RWDI
The Burj Dubai tower will be the world’s tallest building by a wide margin when completed. Wind is the dominant lateral load and thus governed many aspects of the…
Tower Buildings in Dubai – Are they Sustainable?
Oct 2004 – CTBUH 2004 Seoul Conference; Khaled A. Al-Sallal, UAE University
The active construction of tall buildings in the UAE, as a result of the rapid growth of economy, goes in a fast pace and has not allowed enough time to study and realize…
The World’s Tallest Building, Burj Dubai, U.A.E.
Oct 2004 – CTBUH 2004 Seoul Conference; William F. Baker, Skidmore, Owings & Merrill
In this paper, the process of shaping the 2000 ft tower, Burj Dubai, in order to mitigate wind effects and assist in resisting loads is discussed. In addition, the…

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