Burj Khalifa, the world's tallest building, will receive its first residents as early as February 2010, Emaar has revealed.
They will be the first of more than 12,000 people who will live and work in the mixed-use tower comprising apartments, prime office space and the world's first Armani Hotel.
Following the inauguration of Burj Khalifa on January 4, 2010 to mark the fourth anniversary of the Accession Day of Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum as the Ruler of Dubai, Emaar will take charge of the property from various consultants, contractors and suppliers.
From January 5, the public will be able to access At The Top, Burj Dubai, the world's highest observation deck on Level 124 of the tower.
The planned handover to residents of Burj Dubai will begin in February, 2010 with the luxurious Armani Residences on levels 9-16 will opening their doors first, followed by the much-awaited Armani Hotel Dubai, which occupies the concourse to Level 8 and Levels 38 and 39, to be unveiled to guests in March.
The Residences, comprising 900 apartments, and The Corporate Suites, a collection of high-end offices, will be handed over to customers from March. The handover programme can take anywhere from two to six months, Emaar said in a statement.
An orientation programme for customers is currently ongoing, taking them through the Burj Dubai lifestyle experience that awaits them.
Emaar has also written to all of its customers to inform them of the handover schedules, as the interiors of homes and offices receive their finishing touches.
Facilities for residents include upmarket gourmet convenience stores - The Gourmet Market - and a meeting place. Valet parking is also provided for guests and visitors.
Burj Dubai also features Sky Lobbies on levels 43, 76 and 123 which offer numerous fitness facilities including spa and wellness facilities.
The Sky Lobbies on 43 and 76 each house swimming pools and a recreational room for exclusive receptions and other gatherings.
With a height of more than 800 metres (2,625 ft), Burj Dubai is the world's tallest building and has 160 storeys - the most floors in any building in the world.