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Burj Khalifa

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The Burj Khalifa, the world’s tallest tower at a half-mile high, opened this month in Dubai, United Arab Emirates (UAE), after six years of construction.  The 828m (2,716ft) tall tower is named after the president of the UAE and ruler of emirate of Abu Dhabi, Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed al-Nahayan. The total cost for the Burj Khalifa project was about $1.5 billion with the entire new “Downtown Dubai”, coming in at $20 billion.

Clad in 28,000 glass panels, the tower has 160 floors and more than 500,000 sq m of space for offices and apartments.

The tower also boasts to the highest occupied floor, the tallest elevator, and the world’s highest observation deck – on the 124th floor. The world’s highest mosque and swimming pool will meanwhile be located on the 158th and 76th floors.

Burj Khalifa

While hailed as an architectural wonder, it also has been criticized. “It uses as much electricity as an entire city. And every time the toilet is flushed, they’ve got to pump water half a mile into the sky,” says Jim Krane, an author who has written on Dubai.

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