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World’s tallest building debuts in Dubai

January 04, 2010 01:01PM

The tallest building in the world, the Burj Dubai, formally opened
earlier today, with questions abounding over how viable it is for the
times. The structure is the size of approximately two Empire State
Buildings stacked on top of one another, as CNBC reported, measuring
approximately 2,700 feet from base to tip. The mixed-use building,
which opened 1,325 days after construction first began, was designed by
Chicago-based firm Skidmore, Owings & Merrill, and is intended largely
for residential use. While experts worry over how the structure will
attract enough tenants, early reports say that approximately 90
percent of the building has been pre-sold to home buyers. Developer
Emaar Properties said that the cost of the tower was approximately
$1.5 billion.

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