Monday, January 04, 2010

Burj Khalifa

The world's tallest building has been opened with a dramatic fireworks ceremony in the Gulf emirate of Dubai.

The Burj Khalifa was revealed to be 828m (2,716ft) high, far taller than the previous record holder, Taipei 101.

Known as the Burj Dubai during construction, the tower has been renamed after the leader of Dubai's oil-rich neighbour, Abu Dhabi.

Last month, Abu Dhabi gave Dubai a handout of $10bn (£6.13bn) to help it pay off its debts.

BBC News - World's tallest building opens in Dubai

I have a feeling the handout will extend much further now perhaps to reach the top of the tower!

1 comment:

Zaydoun said...

When I first heard of the name change, I thought it was some cruel joke! It has to hurt, and frankly it reeks of mean-spiritedness from Abu Dhabi!

Now I’m no fan of Sheikh Mo or any of his ultimately useless vanity projects, but imagine if General Motors had been renamed Obama Motors after he bailed them out!

But then I suppose he got Dubai into the mess it’s in so this is some kind of payback