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Monday, January 04, 2010

Burj Dubai Officially Opened

Later today, and amid plenty of pomp and ceremony, the mighty Burj Dubai tower will be officially opened by Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid. After five years of construction and a cost of around $1.1 billion USD, the tower is the world’s tallest building.

At around 800 metres high and boasting a whopping 160 floors, the tower will primarily offer luxury residential space (for those with deep enough pockets to afford its prices) thanks to 1,044 apartments.
According to the official Burj Dubai Web side, some of the more notable amenities attached to the tower’s residential portion include multiple swimming pools, a comprehensive fitness centre, a residents’ library, a cigar club, a gourmet market, and valet parking.

A further 37 floors have been allocated for both business and retail opportunities, with 160 hotel rooms designed by legendary fashion icon Giorgio Armani. When fully populated with residents and office workers, the tower is expected to hold somewhere in the vicinity of 12,000 people.
Designed by Chicago-based Skidmore, Owings and Merrill, the Burj Dubai supplants Taipei’s 101 as the world’s tallest structure.

 Source: thetechherald.com