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Burj Khalifa (formerly Burj Dubai) opens: the tallest building in the world

Burj Khalifa (formerly Burj Dubai) opens: the tallest building in the world

With its final height kept as a secret until the last minute, we witnessed the incredible opening of the tallest building in the world.

The Burj Dubai, an engineering masterpiece designed by Skidmore Owings & Merrill (SOM), was finally renamed Burj Khalifa in honor to Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, the ruling sheik of Abu Dhabi who helped Dubai during the financial crisis with over US $25 billion.

The 828m tall structure established quite a distance from the Taipei 101, which used to hold the title for the tallest building in the world with 509m, that’s almost an extra 320m… almost like putting another skyscraper on top of the Taipei 101. This will secure its title for at least a few years.

For more on how the tallest building in the world is structured, you can read this interview with Bill Baker, engineer at SOM.

Cite: David Basulto. "Burj Khalifa (formerly Burj Dubai) opens: the tallest building in the world" 05 Jan 2010. ArchDaily. Accessed . <http://www.archdaily.com/45587/burj-dubai-opens-burj-khalifa-tallest-building-som/>