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Old January 5th, 2010, 03:47 AM   #24121
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Old January 5th, 2010, 04:00 AM   #24122
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Congratulations
Amazing, spectacular, incredible grand opening
The fireworks, music, documentary, lasers, etc unbelievable
For me and many here will always remain Burj Dubai
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Old January 5th, 2010, 04:15 AM   #24123
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seems Multimedia used Culwulla Diagram!
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Old January 5th, 2010, 04:16 AM   #24124
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incredible... so amazing

Burj dubai...the best building in the world

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Old January 5th, 2010, 04:25 AM   #24125
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View from Burj Khalifa observation deck

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Old January 5th, 2010, 04:29 AM   #24126
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delighted to see the opening ceremony of this amazing building! and nice to see souch a beautiful fountain, it suits this tower perfectly

liked more the old name, but I understand that Abu Dhabi leaders wanted to show their power with this name change after helping Dubai with their economic problems...we will get used to the new name soon...
one of the main reasons to build the highest building is just to show the power and create a landmark, nobody really needs that high building...but this engineering masterpiece inspires me...

@Imre, great photos, keep up the good work
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Old January 5th, 2010, 04:31 AM   #24127
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Congratulations dubai!
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Old January 5th, 2010, 04:39 AM   #24128
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It's awesome! Congrats, UAE!
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Old January 5th, 2010, 04:44 AM   #24129
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delighted to see the opening ceremony of this amazing building! and nice to see souch a beautiful fountain, it suits this tower perfectly

liked more the old name, but I understand that Abu Dhabi leaders wanted to show their power with this name change after helping Dubai with their economic problems...we will get used to the new name soon...
one of the main reasons to build the highest building is just to show the power and create a landmark, nobody really needs that high building...but this engineering masterpiece inspires me...

@Imre, great photos, keep up the good work
no one wanted to show anyone anything, stop posting ridiculous comments. The name was changed by Shiekh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum as a sign of our gratitude to Abu Dhabi and to prove to those who refered to Dubai as " a country " that we are a city in a federation.

in other words giving the western media the Finger
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Old January 5th, 2010, 04:50 AM   #24130
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Old January 5th, 2010, 04:51 AM   #24131
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It doesn't feel historical at all. Rather wayne-like. People never cared less about the new highest building it seems.
Well, I didn't work with media wen Taipei 101 opened, but to tell you the truth I was a little bit surprised a few minutes ago when I checked the pageview data on BK's event news. Not as high as I would think, but then again it can be a matter of agenda setting. Lot of tragic news capturing people's attention where I work.

But hey, their loss. It was historical indeed.

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Old January 5th, 2010, 04:52 AM   #24132
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The views from the observation deck almost make it seem short compared to Imre's pics from the real top
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Old January 5th, 2010, 04:59 AM   #24133
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oh how money speaks....from burj dubai to burj khalifa...the guy who bailed them out of their credit woes.....it must have been hard for the owners to build it only to put somebody's name on it....
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Old January 5th, 2010, 05:02 AM   #24134
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oh how money speaks....from burj dubai to burj khalifa...the guy who bailed them out of their credit woes.....it must have been hard for the owners to build it only to put somebody's name on it....
Most likely taking the money (and giving them a bigger stakehold) was more painful than the naming part.

But from the market reaction, this was probably a smart move.

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Old January 5th, 2010, 05:13 AM   #24135
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Anyone still remember the Burj Dubai?? Oh well, it doesn't really matter any more..

All hail Burj Khalifa!
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Old January 5th, 2010, 05:14 AM   #24136
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just 10 min ago

05/January/2010

Burj Khalifa , aka Burj Dubai after the party

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Old January 5th, 2010, 05:25 AM   #24137
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Please don't get me wrong. I've been following the development of this project since the foundation was laid and I am in awe of the magnificient human accomplishment on display but now that it is all completed, it annoys me that the Sheikh Mohammed and Emaar organization are being praised and congratulated here. I mean seriously. This structure has been designed by Americans, crafted by Koreans and built by thousands of migrant workers who were not even from Dubai. Emaar and the Sheikh had the easy task of writing the checks to pay everyone and managing the finances in which they failed at so miserably almost plunging their city-state into complete and utter bankruptcy. I think it is quite pathetic.

In my humble opinion, the party being congratulated and praised has accomplished nothing and have yet to contribute anything to the world. The Burj (Dubai) Khalifa is not their accomplishment. It is the accomplishment of the brilliant engineers and diligent workers who envisioned and constructed this monument
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Old January 5th, 2010, 05:27 AM   #24138
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Old January 5th, 2010, 05:29 AM   #24139
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RIP Burj Dubai

The world's tallest tower, 'Burj Khalifa' is 828 metres (2,716.5 ft) high

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Dubai, UAE; January 4, 2010: The world's tallest tower, developed by Emaar Properties, was unveiled tonight to a crowd of thousands and the world in a crescendo of fireworks, lasers and fountain displays.

The official height of the tower, unveiled as 'Burj Khalifa', was announced as 828 metres (2,716.5 ft).

A closely guarded secret, the official height of Burj Khalifa was flashed onto a giant screen before an estimated crowd of more than 400,000, as lasers and fireworks lit up the night sky.

Fireworks cascaded from the tower's spire to the base and lasers blazed out from all levels leaving the crowds awestruck.

The height was disclosed in arithmetic progression, with the numbers being flashed onto the screen, one after another. The tower's height breaks all existing world records for tall buildings.

Burj Khalifa is the tallest building in the world according to the three main criteria of the Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat (CTBUH). The CTBUH ranks the world’s tallest buildings based on ‘Height to Architectural Top,’ ‘Height to Highest Occupied Floor’ and ‘Height to Tip.’

At 828 metres (2,716.5ft), Burj Khalifa is 320 metres taller than Taipei 101, which at 508 metres (1,667 ft) had held the record for the world’s tallest building measured to the architectural top since 2004, the year the project was announced.

Burj Khalifa achieved the distinction of being the world's tallest structure – surpassing the KVLY-TV mast (628.8 metres; 2,063 ft) in North Dakota, USA – 1,325 days after excavation work started in January 2004.

The tower also beats the 31-year-old record of CN Tower, which at 553.33 metres (1,815.5 ft) had been the world’s tallest free-standing structure on land since 1976.

Burj Khalifa employs a record-breaking 330,000 cubic metres of concrete, 39,000 metric tonnes of steel rebar and 142,000 square metres of glass; and it took 22 million man hours to build.

Other world records for Burj Khalifa include the highest occupied floor in the world, at over 550 metres (1,800 ft); the highest outdoor observation deck in the world – At the Top on Level 124; and the tallest service elevator, which travels to a height of 504 metres (1,654 ft).

Mr. Mohamed Alabbar, Chairman, Emaar Properties, said that with the unveiling of the final height of Burj Khalifa, the world now had a new reference point for high-rise developments.

“Burj Khalifa is an example of collaboration on a global scale, and the tremendous positive energy that can be generated when people from all over the world come together to work towards a common goal. Thousands of professionals and skilled workers from around the world worked on this once-in-a-lifetime project.”

“More than 60 of the world’s leading consultants including South Korea’s Samsung Corporation and New York-based Turner Construction International realised the design for Burj Khalifa of Chicago-based Skidmore, Owings and Merrill (SOM),” he said.

Burj Khalifa employed the latest advances in wind engineering, structural engineering, structural systems, construction materials and methods. All design considerations took into account the 12,000 people who will live and work in the tower. The handover to residents of the various components of Burj Khalifa will begin in February.

With a total built-up area of about 6 million sq ft, Burj Khalifa features nearly 2 million sq ft of residential space and over 300,000 sq ft of prime office space, in addition to the area occupied by the keenly awaited Armani Hotel Dubai and the Armani Residences. The tower also features modern lifestyle amenities including clubs, health and fitness facilities, gourmet restaurants and the 124th floor observation deck, 'At the Top.'

Burj Khalifa is the focal point of the 500-acre ‘mega-project’ by Emaar Properties, described as the new heart of Dubai.

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Old January 5th, 2010, 05:30 AM   #24140
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