By Staff www.emirates247.com
The world’s tallest building, Burj Khalifa, is set to meet its match in the shape of an almost equally long glass walkway that will directly connect the iconic tower and the adjoining Dubai Mall with the Burj Khalifa/ Dubai Mall Metro Station.
In a statement Tuesday, Emaar, the master developer of Downtown Dubai which includes Burj Khalifa, Dubai mall and a host of other iconic attractions, said its Emaar Malls Group had launched a project to build an 820-metre long (just 8 metres short of the Burj Khalifa itself) glass-encased pedestrian link.
The Dubai Mall Metro Link, to be constructed by Dutco, will have five travelators, or moving walkways, in each direction – ten in all – with the air-conditioned and automated walkways capable of ferrying more than 13,500 individuals every hour. There will be a central walkway that will give additional space for pedestrian use.
Mohamed Alabbar, Chairman, Emaar Properties, said: “The Dubai Mall is one of the most visited tourist, retail, and leisure destinations in the world. While the mall offers covered parking for over 14,000 vehicles, we have been evaluating various alternatives to further streamline visitor traffic and add to their convenience. The Dubai Mall Metro Link will also serve visitors to Burj Khalifa and the various attractions in Downtown Dubai.”
The travelators will move at an average speed of 0.5 metres/second, starting at the Burj Khalifa/The Dubai Mall Metro station entrance pod and travelling through the Downtown Dubai development before connecting directly with The Dubai Mall. More info