World’s tallest tower closes one month after opening

February 8, 2010

Developer closes Burj Khalifa Observation Deck indefinitely due to ‘technical issues’.

The Observation Deck of Dubai’s Burj Khalifa, the world’s tallest building, has been closed for maintenance just one month after the lavish opening ceremony, due to electrical problems.

Located on the 124th floor of the 828m-high tower, the Observation Deck is the only part of the building that has been opened to the public. It is unclear whether the rest of the tower is affected by the electrical problems.

Developer Emaar Properties said in a statement: “Technical issues with the power supply are being worked on by the main and subcontractors and the public will be informed upon completion.” The indefinite closure began on Sunday.

The SOM-designed tower opened on 4 January 2010, despite the fact that the interior had not yet been finished. The tower was officially named the Burj Khalifa at the ceremony, having previously been known as the Burj Dubai.

Work on the rest of the US$1.5 billion building is not yet complete. The tower will eventually be home to offices, apartments and a Giorgio Armani hotel. The Associated Press reports that the first of around 12,000 residential tenants and office workers were due to move in to the building this month.

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