Thirty-hour pour carried out on 3,072m2 foundation slab for $2.4bn construction scheme

The developer of the Pearl Dubai scheme opposite Palm Jumeirah island has announced that a record concrete pour has taken the project's foundation works past the halfway mark.

Pearl Dubai said that the foundation works for the luxury development were 50% complete after a record concrete pour for the scheme's South Tower.

The South Tower has a foundation slab 3.25m thick and 3,072m2 in total area, and it is juxtaposed with excavations 8.7m deep. Pearl Dubai said the second raft pouring was completed in a record time of 30 hours.

The overall concrete pouring on the project's four towers will consist of around 4,4000m3 of concrete in the foundations, containing over 4,800 tonnes of steel reinforcements.

Located in the Dubai Technology and Media Free Zone, Dubai Pearl aims to attract global IT and media companies, whose staff would have spectacular views of the Arabian Gulf.

Al Habtoor Leighton Group won the contract to build the Pearl Dubai last November, in a deal worth 8.85bn dirhams ($2.4bn), which was at the time thought to be the Gulf's largest ever single building contract. The group is a joint venture between Australia's Leighton International and Al Habtoor Engineering, formed in September 2007.

Pearl Dubai from a distance, showing Palm Jumeirah in the background
Pearl Dubai from a distance, showing Palm Jumeirah in the background