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UAE Building Becomes World’s Tallest

April 08, 2008 01:00 PM
by findingDulcinea Staff
The Burj Dubai, still under construction, has reached 2,063.65 feet in height and become the tallest manmade structure in the world.

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According to developer Emaar Properties, the 160-storey building has topped the 2,062.99-foot-high KVLY-TV broadcasting tower in Fargo, N.D., previously the world’s tallest supported structure.

In July 2007, the Burj Dubai surpassed Taipei 101, formerly the world’s tallest building.

George Efstathiou, a partner at Skidmore, Owings and Merrill, the architectural firm behind the Burj Dubai, offers another frame of reference for the tower’s height: “the building is approximately the same height as the John Hancock Center in Chicago—the world's 16th tallest building—stacked on top of the Sears Tower—the world's fourth tallest structure.

The Burj Dubai will be home to one of the world’s first hotels styled by designer Giorgio Armani as well as a Trump residential development.

Emaar Properties Chairman Mohammed Ali Alabbar said in a statement, “With over 160 storeys now, the most number of liveable floors in any building in the world, Burj Dubai is already pushing the frontiers in architecture, construction and engineering excellence.”

But Bloomberg.com’s William Pesek writes, “The thing about record-breaking skyscrapers is that they can say as much about hubris as wealth, ambition and technology. Is Dubai a development miracle? Or is it the center of an Arabian asset bubble tied to surging oil prices?”

Although the building is slated for completion on June 30, 2009, the building’s planned height remains under tight wraps to prevent one-upmanship. However, the word around Dubai is that the tower will reach over 900 meters, or about 2,953 feet.

Headline Link: ‘Burj Dubai Now World’s Tallest Manmade Structure’

Background: The Burj Dubai and other UAE construction projects

Key Player: Emaar Properties

Opinion & Analysis: ‘Trump, Armani Refuel the “Dubai Bubble” Debate’

Reference: United Arab Emirates, Burj Dubai

Related Topics: The UAE’s global brand

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