Thursday, July 19, 2007

Dubai skyscraper, the world's tallest tower!

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The Burj Dubai skyscraper in the United Arab Emirates is to officially become the world's tallest tower on Saturday - and it's only half built.

The super-structure is set to overtake current record holder Taipei 101 which measures 509 metres and has already surpassed Sears Tower in Chicago, CN Tower in Toronto and television masts in North Dakota and Warsaw.

Its final height - conservatively estimated to be between 818 and 940 metres - has yet to be revealed by developer Emaar Properties but when complete it will hold the record in all four categories as recognised by the Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat (highest structure, roof, antenna and occupied floor) and have the highest publicly accessible observation deck.

Burj Dubai's 160 floors will be filled by hotel rooms, private apartments, and corporate offices, and serviced by 65km/h lifts, the world's fastest.

The skyscraper will also feature several retail outlets including The Dubai Mall, one of the world's largest shopping and entertainment destinations.

The soaring building will also feature recreational facilities and entertainment venues, four swimming pools, a cigar club, a library, exclusive residents' lounge, serviced residences, 15,000 square feet of fitness facilities and an observatory. Link

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