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Dubai: Austria heavily involved in constructing the world's tallest building

16 February 2010

189 storeys, 828 metres high and EUR 970 million construction costs – these are the figures behind Burj Khalifa, the world's tallest building. Austrian companies played a key role in the successful construction.

The Burj Khalifa in Dubai, the tallest building in the world, is now ready after a construction period of six years. Certain Austrian companies were also involved in erecting the mammoth structure, such as the Umdasch subsidiary Doka from Amstetten (Lower Austria), which provided the formwork. Viennese steel group Waagner-Biro erected the entrance pavillions and voestalpine , headquartered in Linz (Upper Austria), provided the plates for reinforcing the concrete foundations.

The welded parts for the exterior lighting around the building came from Laser & More from Wels (Upper Austria). Plastics manufacturer Isosport from Eisenstadt (Burgenland) was awarded the order to provide form boards from polypropylene, well-known for their exceptional durability. Another Austrian company employed was Ecotherm from Hartkirchen (Upper Austria): it supplied eleven hot water systems and boilers.

Austrian firms are hoping for further orders related to the interior design and fittings, as these works are currently ongoing.