UAE Burj Dubai now tallest building on Earf.

abudabit

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DUBAI, United Arab Emirates - Burj Dubai, the world's tallest building since July, has also become the tallest free-standing structure on earth, reaching 1,822 feet, the developers said.

The Dubai Tower's final height is a closely guarded secret, but completion of the concrete, glass and steel structure is expected by the end of 2008. The building's relentless climb is one example of Dubai's stratospheric rise from a sleepy desert town on the Persian Gulf to one of the principal business centers in the Middle East.

The Burj Dubai surpassed Canada's Toronto-based CN Tower on Thursday, which at 1,822 feet, had been the world's tallest free-standing structure since 1976, the developers said in a press release.

In July, the Dubai Tower, as it is known in English, moved past Taiwan's 1,667-foot Taipei 101, the highest skyscraper in the world since 2004.

"The Burj Dubai is setting new world records in the construction of super-tall buildings," said Mohmmad Ali al-Abbar, chairman of Burj's state-owned developer, Emaar Properties.

"This architectural and construction masterpiece is truly an inspirational human achievement that celebrates the can-do mind-set of Dubai," al-Abbar said to local media Thursday.

By the end of 2008, the developers say, the Burj will fulfill all four criteria for the tallest building, listed by the Chicago-based Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat. The criteria include: the height of the structural top, the highest occupied floor, the top of the roof, and the tip of the spire, pinnacle, antenna, mast or flag pole.
Personally I would be scared, seems like a juicy target for Al Qaeda if the UAE ever pisses them off.
 

blazin

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I read that Dubai will run completely out of oil in 20 years. At least they will have a nice skyscraper.
 

abudabit

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The UAE will diversify their economy alot easier than the other savage countries. It's the business center for the middle east outside the oil industry as well. It will be hit hard since its customers will be hit hard, but not as bad as the other sand countries will be.
 

abudabit

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A rapid oil supply decline would hit us hard. A gradual one wouldn't so much. We'll see what the road holds for us.

Other variables like how much can we reduce the cost of harvesting tar sands, etc. will factor in heavily. If we can reduce those costs, we won't be hurt much but the middle east will be hit even harder then they normally would by a supply reduction. The reason being they would sell less but wouldn't be able to raise prices much.
 

BravoSierra

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If it were 1920, this would be cool. It's 2007. We get it, we can make tall buildings.