Tallest Building in the World is Burj Dubai Skyscraper Tower

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The tallest building in the world is the Burj Dubai skyscraper tower.  On Monday, January 4, 2010, Sheik Mohammed bin Rashid al-Maktoum and Dubai rulers will officially open the tallest building in the world.  The Burj Dubai skyscraper rises 168 stories above the surrounding Arabian desert. 

Tonight Dubai rulers will announced the exact height of the Dubai tower.  As the country faces financial crisis and unpaid creditors, the Burj Dubai skyscraper soars to the sky with hope for the future.  The Burj Dubai skyscraper will include offices, apartments and a posh hotel.

The Wall Street Journal reports Mohamed Alabbar, chairman of developer Emaar Properties PSJC, stated at a media event prior to the opening of the Dubai tower, “Crisis come and go.  We must have hope and optimism and we must move on.  I hope that this is the beginning of the gradual move forward.”

The estimated cost to build the tallest building in the world is $1.5 billion.  The Burj Dubai skyscraper is located on a 30 acre lake, creating an oasis in the middle of the desert.  The design of the Dubai tower was inspired by a desert flower.

According to CNN, the tallest building in the world has 5 million square feet of floor space.  On the 123rd floor, there is an “At the Top” observation deck. 

George Efstathiou, lead architect and managing partner for Skidmore, Owings & Merrill architecture firm in Chicago, stated, “No question, the tower is going to be a huge draw for people who want to get up there.

Like other tall buildings, the Dubai tower will move with the wind.  Efstathiou said, “The building is tuned to sway slowly so your middle ear doesn’t pick it up.  They tune it just like a musical instrument so that the harmonics of the building don’t coincide with the harmonics caused by the wind. … We tune it so that on the floors where people are going to be, you don’t feel it that much.”‘

Would you like to visit the tallest building in the world?  Can you imagine vacationing at the Burj Dubai Skyscraper Tower?

Check out this YouTube AP video about the opening of the tallest building in the world:


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