New York Times
January 04, 2010

New York Times
|  Dubai was set to open the world’s tallest building amid tight security Monday night, celebrating the tower as a bold accomplishment on the world stage despite the city-state’s shaky financial footing.

The Burj Dubai boasts the most stories and highest occupied floor of any building in the world.

But the final height of the Burj Dubai — Arabic for Dubai Tower — remained a closely guarded secret on the eve of its opening. At a reported height of 818 meters, or 2,684 feet, it long ago overtopped its nearest rival, the Taipei 101 in Taiwan.

The Burj’s record-seeking developers did not stop there.


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