Burj Dubai, the tower in United Arab Emirates, has been officially named as the tallest building in the world on Saturday. It measures a staggering 512.1 meters (1,680 feet) height.
Burj Dubai has taken over the mantle of the World's Tallest Building from Taipei 101 today. Burj Dubai is still under construction and the builders, Emaar Properties, are rumored to build it to a height of up to 800 meters. With that height it will remain number one for a long time to come.
The developer is not content in just the height alone but also wants Burj to be the world’s tallest building based on all four criteria established by the Chicago based Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat, which includes measuring building to the structural top, the highest occupied floor (Burj has 141 floors/storeys, more storeys compared to any other building), top of the roof and the tip of the spire or flagpole.
Once completed, Burj Dubai will have consumed 330,000 cubic meters of concrete, 39,000 tones of steel and 142,000 square meters of glass, Emaar said. It will have 56 lifts traveling at 1.75 to 10 meters per second.
The Burj tower will be a highlight or centerpiece in Dubai, which is revitalizing its city with a spending of $20 bullion dollars and will include residential, commercial and retail properties.
Besides Burj there has been number of structures being built in Dubai such as the man made islands shaped like the map of the world and other skyscrapers.
Tall buildings in Dubai.
Dubai doesn’t have much oil wealth, but they are spending and investing their money smartly for their future with commercial buildings, stadiums, entertainment centers, resorts and residential buildings. Many multinational companies already have offices there and more will have branches in the future.