Almas Tower (Arabic: برج الماس Diamond Tower) is a 68-storey, 360 m (1,180 ft), supertall skyscraper in the Jumeirah Lakes Towers, Dubai, United Arab Emirates. Construction of the office building began in early 2005 and was completed in 2008 with the installation of some remaining cladding panels at the top of the tower. The building was topped out in 2008, and became the tallest building in Dubai until 2009 when it was surpassed by Burj Khalifa.

Almas Tower
برج الماس
Almas Tower.jpg
Almas Tower in November 2014
Alternative namesDiamond Tower
General information
StatusCompleted
TypeCommercial offices
Architectural styleModernism
LocationJumeirah Lake Towers
Dubai, United Arab Emirates
Coordinates25°04′08″N 55°08′28″E / 25.0689°N 55.1412°E / 25.0689; 55.1412Coordinates: 25°04′08″N 55°08′28″E / 25.0689°N 55.1412°E / 25.0689; 55.1412
Groundbreaking16 July 2005
Construction started29 March 2006
Completed15 November 2008
Opening12 January 2009
CostAED3.6 billion
OwnerDubai Multi Commodities Centre
Height
Antenna spire360 m (1,180 ft)
Roof306.36 m (1,005.1 ft)
Top floor279.3 m (916 ft)
Technical details
Floor count68
5 below ground
Floor area160,000 m2 (1,700,000 sq ft)
Lifts/elevators35
Design and construction
Architect(s)Atkins Middle East
DeveloperDubai Multi Commodities Centre
Structural engineerAtkins Middle East
Main contractorTaisei Corporation
References
[1][2][3][4]

ConstructionEdit

Almas Tower is located on its own artificial island in the centre of the Jumeirah Lake Towers Free Zone scheme, the tallest of all the buildings on the development. It was designed by Atkins Middle East, who designed most of the JLT Free Zone complex. The tower was constructed by the Taisei Corporation of Japan in a joint venture with Arabian Construction Co. (ACC) who were awarded the contract by Nakheel Properties on 16 July 2005.[5]

Building UsageEdit

The Dubai Multi Commodities Centre (DMCC), the developer of the tower, was the first to move in. The DMCC moved its corporate offices along with the Dubai Diamond Exchange to the unfinished tower on 15 November 2008.[6] Almas Tower now houses facilities that provide a wide range of services for the region’s diamond, coloured gemstones and pearls industry. Along with the Dubai Diamond Exchange, these include the Dubai Gems Club, the Dubai Pearl Exchange, the Kimberley Process Certification offices and access to secure transportation agencies such as Brinks and Transguard, in addition to networking and meeting rooms.[7] Diamond cutting and exchange take place at the tower. Due to the type of transactions taking place at the tower, high security is installed. Almas tower ranked 8th in the 2009 Emporis Skyscraper Awards.[8]

IncidentsEdit

On 22 April 2018, a fire broke out in Almas Tower and all residents were evacuated, no reported injuries according to the reports of Dubai Civil Defence.

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Almas Tower". CTBUH Skyscraper Center.
  2. ^ "Emporis building ID 210141". Emporis. Archived from the original on 4 March 2016.
  3. ^ "Almas Tower". SkyscraperPage.
  4. ^ Almas Tower at Structurae
  5. ^ "Nakheel awards Almas Tower construction contract". Gowealthy.com. 16 July 2005. Archived from the original on 4 February 2012. Retrieved 6 June 2013.
  6. ^ "Dubai Diamond Exchange opens new trading floor in Almas Tower". World Federation of Diamond Bourses. 2009. Archived from the original on 2 February 2014. Retrieved 1 June 2013.
  7. ^ "Why Should You Live In Palm Jumeirah?". Listaproperty. Archived from the original on 8 July 2015.
  8. ^ "Emporis Skyscraper Award 2009". Emporis. 2010. Archived from the original on 24 January 2012. Retrieved 6 June 2013.

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Records
Preceded by
Emirates Office Tower
354.6 m (1,163 ft)
Tallest building in Dubai
2009
Succeeded by
Burj Khalifa (current)