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As if the people of Dubai couldn’t see its towering presence already, the much talked about world’s tallest tower finally surfaced to the public last week. Known locally as Burj Dubai – Arabic for “Dubai Tower” – the building garnered much anticipation and attention when it opened last week.

The Burj Dubai though, would soon be renamed The Burj Khalifa – named after the Abu Dhabi leader Sheik Khalifa Bin Zayed Al Nahyan. The Burj Khalifa boasts 2,717 feet of towering distance from the ground and has the world’s highest mosque and swimming pool. The tower is also designed by Giorgio Armani and is “terrorist proof”, with the world’s best architects working on its security and durability.

If you want proof of how ridiculously high this tower is, just ask the developers how many floors Burj Khalifa has. Chances are you will not get an accurate answer. It is so high that nobody exactly knows how many floors there are inside. It’s been said that new floors are being added every three days since 2004, with over 12,000 people working at the tower during its construction.

Consisting of mainly residential and commercial spaces, Dubai easily trumps any hope for other countries to make a historic landmark of their own in terms of height. Here is the list of buildings that went from humongous to underdogs, courtesy of the Burj Khalifa:

Taipei 101
Taiwan’s corporate skyscraper comes in at an astounding 1,667 feet – a world record – before it was literally and figuratively overshadowed by the Burj Khalifa.

The Willis Tower

Found in Chicago, the Willis Tower is the tallest building in the United States with an official measurement of 1,451 feet. Needless to say, its ranking among the highest will go down.


WORDS AND ILLUSTRATION BY MIKEY AGULTO

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