Dubai opens world's tallest building

Dubai today opened the world’s tallest skyscraper, hoping to shift international attention away from its deep financial crisis and rekindle the optimism that once fuelled its turbocharged growth.

Dubai today opened the world’s tallest skyscraper, hoping to shift international attention away from its deep financial crisis and rekindle the optimism that once fuelled its turbocharged growth.

Thousands of residents and tourists crowded around the tapering half-mile high Burj Dubai, which developers today finally declared was 828 meters, or 2717 feet, tall.

Dubai’s hereditary ruler Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum unveiled a plaque at the tower’s base, kicking off inaugural festivities that included traditional Gulf Arab dance performances and skydivers landing parachutes emblazoned with the colours of the United Arab Emirates flag near the tower’s base.

Dubai renamed the building the Burj Khalifa in a surprise move apparently intended to honour the United Arab Emirates’ president Sheik Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan who is also emir of Abu Dhabi.

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