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World’s tallest tower in Dubai

The world’s tallest skyscraper, Burj Khalifa (formerly known as Burj Dubai), was launched in Dubai last night by the ruler of Dubai. The height of this record breaking tower is 828 meters, which is a good 300 meters taller than its closest competitor, the Taipei 101.

And it was the grandest, the brightest, the loudest and the most spectacular of launches ever. The fireworks, lights and lasers could be seen from almost anywhere in Dubai.

The tower has 168 floors, 54 lifts with 911 luxury condominiums, 144 hotel condominiums, 160 hotel guest rooms and 3000 parking spaces. It has the highest observation deck in the world at the 128th floor. The total cost of construction was more than $1.5 billion. At peak construction activities, over 12000 people were working on the tower every day. And on a clear day, the spire can be seen from 95 km away.

A superstructure of such magnitude was never attempted by man ever. All boundries of technological advancements in construction have been crossed. All possible records have been scaled. Burj Khalifa is the highest man-made structure on the planet.

Hats off to Dubai government and the visionary leadership of Shaikh Mohammad for this record breaking venture. Truly bringing Dubai on the world map. Here are some photos of this marvel, starting and ending with my personal favorites…

Image courtesy: Google images, Gulf News, The Gaurdian & The Telegraph

53 thoughts on “World’s tallest tower in Dubai

      • No, they need a Godfather and they’ve got one by naming the tallest tower – Burj Khalifa. ๐Ÿ˜›

        PS. For those who do not know, Sheikh Khalifa is the name of the ruler of Abu Dhabi

        • LOL
          Not fair na. For 5 yrs, Dubai marketed the tower as their very own..even gave it their name and just when it was time to bask in the glory, this happens! I feel bad and sorry for them.
          But as you rightly said, it was the need of the hour. A very strategic and tactical decision for sure.

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    • Oh yes, its gonna be the tallest for atleast the next 4 yrs. So definitely worth a visit…and ofcourse you can meet all Dubai bloggers as well ๐Ÿ™‚

    • Yes, its all over the news. They kept the real height of the tower a secret all this while…

      Finally it was unveiled last night at the launch…

  2. Amazing! The height is mind boggling! It is amazing how we keep stretching the limits of imagination, don’t you think?

    Masood – I can’t decide which pic I like most – all of them capture one or other amazing facet of the sky scraper!

    • Yes, just when we think we’ve reached the pinnacle, something else comes up and raises the bar…

      I wonder how much higher can we get. I heard they announced the 1KM tower..which will be atleast 200 meters taller than Burj. Unbelievable!

      Yes, it took me a while to choose a favorite, so no complaints! :p

  3. Boy Dubai is obsessed with gathering all the tallest/biggest thing in the world on their small little land…sobs!! I think first they need to look out for someone who has the tallest bank vault in the world to bail them out of this financial crisis :mrgreen:

    I hate the way they changed the name from Burj Dubai to Burj Khalifa ๐Ÿ˜ก …….pahhh sounds like those relatives who sing praises when a long lost Uncle comes back with a fortune!!! ๐Ÿ˜›

    Well all said and done it’s definitely a technological wonder and I was trying to look for it while our plane was about to land in Dubai Airport ๐Ÿ˜ฆ

    • Oh yes, Dubai on its quest to be recognized globally, wanted the biggest/tallest/costliest etc so that the world takes notice…and they did…but whatever goes up comes down eventually. And now they are struggling to make ends meet.

      Yes, I felt sorry for them. Surely they deserved to take credit but i guess they are out of options now. And they need that long lost uncle ๐Ÿ˜‰

      You were in Dubai? For how long? And when?

      • I was in Dubai last week only for a day to meet cousins on our way back from India ๐Ÿ™‚ But I have spent a real good chunk of my life in Dubai as that is where I grew up and became a mental case like I am now ๐Ÿ˜ฅ

        • Aah…so you do have a Dubai connection! Good to know. I did my schooling here too…though not in Dubai but in Abu Dhabi. Infact me was born here as well….whose a bigger mental case now? ๐Ÿ˜€

  4. yeah caught that on tv the other day….wow wonderful pics and my jaw just dropped to my chest by the time I checked all da pics, fireworks were amazing……world class or must say…class apart….

    yup I managed to catch this yumm chinese food in Abu Dhabi at Oasis Garden Chinese Restaurant, but why you querying it, you live in Dubai Masood where you are spoilt with choices, am I right?? I am sure you have Mainland China up there??? am still discoverin and tryin in UAE so am the one who can do with all the help and clue’s….keep’em comin…..

    • Hey, I only work in Dubai but I stay in Abu Dhabi. Commute daily. And yes, I have eaten at Oasis. The food is amazing there. When you first mentioned that you eat the best chinese food in Auh, a few places came to mind. And because over the years we’ve covered almost all chinese places in Auh, I was sure it would be some place where I’ve already eaten. But still wanted to confirm ๐Ÿ™‚

  5. It was a nice opening. The pathetic part is that after 5 yrs of marketing it had to be called Burj Khalifa. It really shows how bad is Dubai’s situation.

    • Hey. Good to see you here bro. ‘Bout time, no?

      Oh yes, its just unbelievable to think. If they had to resort to this, what the ground reality really is.

  6. The TOI today tells me its cheaper buying property at 38000/sqft in Burj Khalifa than in Delhi and Mumbai where the rates are going till 1lac/sqft!!!
    Whats the world coming to!! But the Khalifa is awesome…saw the opening on TV. Way to go!

  7. WOW!! It’s amazing…i believe there are amazing architecture we can witness in some parts of middle east!! Royal and ecstatic ๐Ÿ™‚

    Great pics..

    • 85 floors? Do we even have a 85 floor building in India?

      Oh yes, If china can do it, India can too. I read a statistic some place saying that China completed the most number of 200m tall buildings in 2009 as compared to any other country in the world – 13. And that’s just in 2009. I don’t think India figures in that list.

  8. Feel sorry for ther building around Burj some of them are quiet beautiful :). But definitely no one come near to it in terms of architecture and technology involved. Masood: lets set up a widow cleaning company and try and win a contract there. ๐Ÿ™‚

    • hehe…yes, they will never get the credit they deserve. But just by being in the vicinity of Burj, atleast they will be amongst the most photographed bldgs in the country! ๐Ÿ˜‰

      Haha…I am sure you meant ‘Window’ !!! ๐Ÿ˜€

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