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article imageWorld's Tallest Building to Open in Dubai Monday

By Leo Reyes     Jan 2, 2010 in Business
On Monday, Burj Dubai Tower will become the world's tallest building as Dubai formally opens its doors to the public amid the State's growing indebtedness and economic slowdown.
The world's tallest building will open its doors to the public on Monday in Dubai, United Arab Emirates amid the State's mounting and maturing debts.
Emaar, the giant property firm part-owned by the government and which developed the needle-shaped concrete, steel and glass structure, has declined to reveal Burj Dubai's exact height
The skyscraper is more than 800 meters high, a little less that 300 meter higher than Taiwan's Taipei 101 Tower at 508 meters, the current world's highest building.
The Chicago-based Skidmore, Owings and Merrill (SOM) with its partner Bill Baker designed the needle shaped tower.
"We thought that it would be slightly taller than the existing tallest tower of Taipei 101. (Emaar) kept on asking us to go higher but we didn't know how high we could go," Baker said.
"We were able to tune the building like we tune a music instrument. As we went higher and higher and higher, we discovered that by doing that process... we were able to reach heights much higher than we ever thought we could.
Yahoo News reports:
The 160-floor tower, containing 330,000 cubic metres (11.55 million cubic feet) of concrete and 31,400 tonnes of steel, can be seen from as far as 95 kilometres (59 miles) away.
Burj Dubai contains 57 lifts, which will whisk people to 1,044 apartments and 49 floors of office space, as well as a hotel bearing the Giorgio Armani logo.
Construction was carried out by Samsung of Korea, Belgium's BESIX Group and UAE's Arabtec.
The building is home to Dubai Mall which has space for 1,200 shops, making it the largest indoor shopping center in the world. The building also offers apartments and office units
The world's tallest skyscraper was reportedly constructed at the cost of US$1 billion and took six years to build.
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