Soaring half a mile in the air, the Burj Dubai is not only the worlds tallest building, it is also the worlds tallest structure.
The £1 billion Burj Dubai is at least 2,683ft from its base to the tip of its spire — that’s more than half a mile, the equivalent of three-and-a-half Canary Wharf towers or two Empire State buildings stacked up. Its final height is being kept secret until tomorrow, but architects who have worked on the building have hinted it could break the 2,700ft mark.
The tower is more than 1,000ft higher than its nearest inhabited rival, Taiwan’s 1,671ft Taipei 101. It is also the tallest man-made structure in the world, surpassing the 2,063ft KVLY-TV mast in North Dakota, America.
The steel-ribbed, glass-clad structure looks like a giant hypodermic needle piercing the desert sky. As the 169-floor building rises, it passes through several climatic zones. The temperature at the top is up to 10C cooler than at the bottom.
It has the highest swimming pool in the world, on the 76th floor, and the most elevated place of worship with plans for a mosque on the 158th floor.
This is true definition of "WAY TOO MUCH MONEY". Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid al-Maktoum, while he may have some financial troubles (around $60 Billion in debt) it doesn’t seem to slow him or his city down any. It is interesting to compare Western Wealth to Arab wealth. When you don’t have to work for your money, and it is just shooting out of the ground in the form of black gold, you can care less what you spend it on or how to spend it, knowing that tomorrow more will just be thrown at you.
For more info on how Oil Money can be spent if you come into contact with it, check out the Associated Press video below: