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Tuesday, December 29, 2009

Malaysian firm participates in building world's tallest building

A labourer works at Burj Dubai in Dubai. — Reuters

DUBAI: The soon-to-be-opened Burj Dubai is entering the record book as the world’s tallest building and sharing this honour, is Malaysian structural steel construction firm, Eversendai Corp.

According to group managing director Datuk A.K. Nathan, the final 260m of the soaring tower was an all-steel structure, and Eversendai had the privilege of putting it up successfully.

“In fact, we’re the first company in the world to have worked above 700m. No one in the world has worked above this height,” he told Bernama in Dubai.

Previous reports have mentioned that Burj Dubai is over 800m tall with more than 160 floors.

Its developer Emaar Properties is keeping mum about the actual height of the gleaming tower, amid statements that its spire can be seen 95km away.

Burj Dubai is to be inaugurated on Jan 4, 2010 by United Arab Emirates (UAE) vice-president and prime minister, and ruler of Dubai, Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum.

Nathan said Eversendai also carried out structural steelworks on other parts of Burj Dubai.

Alluding to the last 260m of the super-tall building, Nathan said it was a highly complex structure needing precise design, fabrication and contruction processes. “And we’ve done everything to the full satisfaction of our client without any kind of accident,” he said.

He also said Eversendai had good working relations with the tower’s main contractor, Samsung Corp of South Korea.

Tracing Eversendai’s history in the UAE, he said: “I first came here in the mid-90s and our first job was the Burj Al Arab hotel, off the coast of Dubai.”

Then came a slew of other projects in the UAE, Qatar and other places worth billions of ringgit for Eversendai. Qatar is a particularly bright spot for Eversendai, which is currently involved in projects such as the new Doha international airport and the Dubai Towers-Doha.

Nathan reckoned that it had not been easy for Eversendai to be where it was now.

“A company that wants to venture overseas must have developed its own capability as well as possessed a measure of financial strength.

“If you don’t have these, it’s very difficult to penetrate thte overseas markets. I mean, asking support from the government is one thing. But the government also has its limitations,” he observed.

By Bernama

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