Watch the amazing fireworks show from Dubai as ruler Sheikh Mohammed unveils the world’s tallest building, the Burj Khalifa (earlier Burj Dubai, changed to honor SheikhKhalifa bin Zayed al-Nahyan is the ruler of the neighbouring emirate of Abu Dhabi who helped Dubai with the 6 billion dollar debt last month).
Surprising those gathered on Monday evening for an opening ceremony lit up by fireworks, the Burj Dubai, whose height was officially given as 828 metres or 2717 feet, became the Burj Khalifa – or Khalifa Tower.
Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed al-Nahyan is the ruler of the neighbouring emirate of Abu Dhabi, and president of the United Arab Emirates. He and his brothers personally intervened last month to lend Dubai £6 billion to pay off the pressing debts of one of Dubai’s biggest state-owned companies.
The tower was launched by Dubai’s ruler, Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid al-Maktoum, with a spectacular display of fireworks, which fired out from the sides of the building all the way up its tubular spire to its peak. Source: www.telegraph.co.uk
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Dubai opened the world’s tallest skyscraper Monday in a blaze of fireworks, then added a final flourish: It renamed the half-mile-high tower for the head of neighboring Abu Dhabi, whose billions bailed out Dubai amid last year’s financial crisis.
Long known as Burj Dubai _ Arabic for “Dubai Tower” _ the building rises 2,717 feet (828 meters) from the desert. The $1.5 billion “vertical city” of luxury apartments and offices and a hotel designed by Giorgio Armani also plans to have the world’s highest mosque (158th floor) and swimming pool (76th floor).
Its backers wanted the skyscraper to be a monument to the boundless, can-do spirit of Dubai _ one of a federation of seven small sheikdoms that make up the United Arab Emirates _ but the timing could not be worse. Property prices in parts of Dubai collapsed by nearly half in the past year, the result of easy credit and overbuilding during a real estate bubble that has since burst.
Riding to the rescue was Sheik Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, the ruler of oil-rich neighbor Abu Dhabi, which pumped tens of billions of dollars into Dubai last year as it struggled to pay enormous debts.
As officials opened the tapering metal-and-glass spire with fireworks and multicolored lights, they unexpectedly announced it would be renamed Burj Khalifa, to honor the Abu Dhabi leader who is also president of the UAE.
Dubai is under a big debt with the burst of the real estate bubble, but that didn’t hamper any of the festivities during the unveiling!