Think of the fucking tarp they had to use to cover it!
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Honestly I don't know where else to put it; Dubai unveiled the highest Skyscraper ever build by humans until today at a record height of 828 m!
Given that the construction/development of this (fine looking) monstrum was driven by a massive real estate bubble, I wonder how long it will take to break it's height record.
The only people "dynamic" (or dump depending on ur point of view) enough to build something bigger might be the Chinese.
By the way is it just me, but how comes the Arabs can build such monstrum in 5 years and the only superpower left on the planet / universe is not even close to fill the gap in NYC' skyline caused by those horrible 9/11 attacks?
(I mean you had a terrible housing bubble as well, so where was the dynamism?)
Apart from that, I wonder, if anyone will ever earn money with the building and it must have sucked for the ruler of Dubai to name this tower after the ruler of the UAE, after his emirat recieved 10 billion US $ immidiate funds from Abu Dhabi to clear their balance a little bit.
Video of the opening ceremonyDubai: The world's tallest building is 828 metres and has been named Burj Khalifa by His Highness Shaikh Mohammad Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai.
Until now, the building has been known as Burj Dubai.
Unveiling the nameplate, Shaikh Mohammad said: "We built the high rise for people with strong will and determination. The highest point in the world should be linked to the big names and I announce today [Monday] the opening of Burj Khalifa Bin Zayed."
He added: "Today, the UAE has put a new spotlight on the world map."
Immediately after the opening, about eight skydivers appeared in the sky carrying UAE flags and pictures of Shaikh Mohammad and Shaikh Khalifa. They landed right in front of Shaikh Mohammad.
The final height of the "superscraper" was revealed yesterday during a spectacular opening ceremony watched by thousands of UAE residents who crowded onto the Dubai Mall promenade and surrounding area.
For many the high point was a breathtaking fireworks display that lit up the building to its full height.
As thousands of residents and visitors gazed up at the tower, which had been shrouded in darkness, light exploded around it in an awe-inspiring display, while the Dubai Fountains in front of the tower danced in synchronisation.
Ten thousand individual white fireworks danced around the structure, shooting off the building from every level, making the show the tallest display ever.
The show was broadcast to millions across the world by several local and international media organisations. The inauguration of the tower coincided with the fourth anniversary of Shaikh Mohammad’s accession as Ruler of Dubai.
Equipped with cameras and smiles, spectators took photographs of everything in their path — be it the Burj Khalifa, the fountains, their loved ones, even the crowd itself.
"This structural marvel makes all Emiratis proud," Mohammad Obaid, a military officer from Dubai, says. "It is proof to the world that the UAE’s economy is stable," added the father of two.
"I want my son to see this and remember this day. I’ve already booked for us to go to the top of the tower on Thursday.
An overwhelming sense of patriotism filled the Burj Park Island as people stood in the thousands to witness the Dubai Fountains performing to the national anthem.
Future residents of the Burj Khalifa were also among the invited guests to see their future home in all its glory. Shabamah Faisal, who currently resides in Sharjah, bought a two bedroom flat on the 80th floor of the Burj.
"It's great to see that this is the building we’re going to be living in. The reason I bought here, apart from the fact that it’s the tallest building in the world, is because I believe the tower represents Dubai's juxtaposition of tradition and modernity perfectly."
The UAE’s business community was enthusiastic about the significance of the Burj for the city and its economy.
Abdul Aziz Al Ghurair, Speaker of the Federal National Council, called the Burj Khalifa a "distinctive achievement by Dubai to be added to the pages of history".
"This is another milestone in the development and progress, which transformed the emirate into the world's fastest growing city and helped make the UAE a leading regional and international nation," he said.
Abdullah Ebrahim Lootah, CEO of Lootah, said the tower symbolised the aspirations of the next generation.
"The country will reap the benefits of this for years to come," he said. Mehdi Amjad, CEO of Omniyat, said the "phenomenal project" would have a positive effect on Dubai's tourism industry.
Blair Hagkull, managing director MENA region, Jones Lang LaSalle, however said that the Burj was an achievement for the entire region.
"It is a landmark in every respect. The ability to plan, construct and deliver something of this scale and complexity is remarkable… today Dubai has delivered," he said.
With additional inputs from Staff Reporters Nadia Saleem, Mariam Al Serkal, Kevin Scott and Mohammed N. Al Khan
Last edited by Stapo; 01-04-2010 at 03:27 PM.
Think of the fucking tarp they had to use to cover it!
There was a time when i would have found such a feat impressive, now its just a symbol of greed and undeserved self-importance.
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And off course environment regulations, working conditions etc are less stringent.
Third, there's no democratic process, which tends to speed things up a lot.
Anyway, this fallus is just another nouveau riches' dick-measuring contest.
Last edited by Thanatos; 01-04-2010 at 04:06 PM.
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I was just wondering how long it will take for someone else to feel the need to beat this project.
Apart from that, I don't share Andrew's disinterest, it's good to see that mankind can reach such a height (even although it doesn't make much sense).
Congratulations on completing the worlds tallest target.
Al Jazeera English - Middle East - Dubai opens world's tallest tower
At their peak, some apartments in the Burj were selling for more than $1,900 per square foot, though they now can go for less than half that, according to Heather Wipperman Amiji, chief executive of Dubai real estate consultancy Investment Boutique.
Al Jazeera's Dan Nolan, reporting from Dubai, said that about 95 per cent of the real estate in the tower was sold three years ago.
"That was at the top of the market and the real estate bubble has well and truly burst since then, so as for how many people will actually move in no one really knows," he said.
"Obviously most of those people were speculators who were never planning to move in."
Wonder how that's going to shake out ? Too high a vacancy rate and this thing is going to be the world's tallest ghost town.
Somebody should fly a plane into it. I know it's cruel but it would be hilarious. Like knocking over one of those Jenga towers on purpose.
I wanna climb up the side of that building! I wonder who will be the first to do so? Anyway, I hope America can build something to top this sometime!
I’ve been to Dubai many times and the tower is quite an impressive engineering feat.
It was built with a workforce that at times numbered 12,000 people.
Unfortunately these workers were usually imported labour from India, Pakistan and similar places working under what are very close to salve conditions. They were paid low wages and had to earn back their mobilization in, surrender their passports, not allowed to leave the country without their employeer’s permission etc
I always find it strange that only reasonable people agree with me.
Theorically, the temperature should be 5-6°c cooler at the last floor.
I can imagine in winter the temperature at the top of that 1 mile tall tower in Chicago (about 10°c below the ground t°), considering the freezing t° they have there in winter...