Anorak News | World’s Tallest Building: The Burj Dubai

World’s Tallest Building: The Burj Dubai

by | 23rd, July 2007

CLOSER to god are thee:

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) – Developers of a 1,680-foot skyscraper still under construction in oil-rich Dubai claimed Saturday that it has become the world’s tallest building, surpassing Taiwan’s Taipei 101 which has dominated the global skyline at 1,667 feet since 2004.

The Burj Dubai is expected to be finished by the end of 2008 and its planned final height has been kept secret. The state-owned development company Emaar Properties, one of the main builders in rapidly developing Dubai, said only that the tower would stop somewhere above 2,275 feet.

When completed, the skyscraper will feature more than 160 floors, 56 elevators, luxury apartments, boutiques, swimming pools, spas, exclusive corporate suites, Italian fashion designer Giorgio Armani’s first hotel, and a 124th floor observation platform.

In space no-one can hear you scream:

Previous skyscraper record-holders include New York’s Empire State Building at 1,250 feet; Shanghai’s Jin Mao Building at 1,381 feet; Chicago’s Sears Tower at 1,451 feet; and Malaysia’s Petronas Towers at 1,483 feet.

The Burj will let the Middle East reclaim the world’s tallest structure. Egypt’s Great Pyramid of Giza, built around 2500 B.C., held the title with its 481 feet until the Eiffel Tower in Paris was built in 1889 at a height of 985 feet, or 1,023 feet including the flag pole.

Posted: 23rd, July 2007 | In: Reviews Comment (1) | TrackBack | Permalink