Tuesday, January 5, 2010

Burj Kalifa: World's Tallest Building

The race to reach the sky is on with the inauguration of Burj Kalifa on January 4, 2009 (Monday). Its height, which kept secret for long time to prevent competition, is finally revealed. It stands at 828 metres (2,717 feet) out of the desert sands of what seems to be the richest and most progressive country in the Middle East. It became the highest landmark in the world to date dwarfing Taipei 101 in Taiwan which stands at 509.2 metres (1,671 ft). Burj Kalifa is previously known as Burj Dubai, and was later renamed in honour of United Arab Emirates President Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed al-Nahayan. Construction started in 2004 and estimated total amount of construction is a whopping 1.5 billion dollars (just enough build houses to half of world's population).

The question now is who will be next in the race? Just dreaming, hopefully a 1 km skyscraper in Makati, Philippines.


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