Dubai opened the world’s tallest skyscraper an hour ago, and in a surprise move renamed the gleaming glass-and-metal tower Burj Khalifa in a nod to the leader of neighboring Abu Dhabi – the oil rich neighbor.
A multimedia presentation witnessed by Dubai’s ruler and thousands of onlookers at the base of the tower said the building was 828 meters tall. I was only 10 metres out with my estimate a year ago 🙂
Emaar, the developer of the newly opened tower said it cost $1.5 billion to build the tapering metal-and-glass spire billed as a “vertical city” of luxury apartments and offices. It boasts four swimming pools, a private library and Armani hotel.
Shaykh Khalifa is only lending US$ 25 billion to Dubai so it’s just his name on the Burj. At least for now 😀