World’s tallest building, Burj Dubai, all geared to open

Tomorrow, the rulers of Dubai will make an earnest effort to convince the world that with the grand inauguration of the world's tallest building, the Burj Dubai; their financial troubles would be overstated. The world's tallest building, which rises almost a kilometer from the Arabian Desert, will witness a gathering of 6,000 guests during the ceremony.

The main aim of the Dubai ruler is to put away the fears that the emirate is on the verge of defaulting on its debt. The spire-shaped tower which rises almost 818m is predicted to be inaugurated by Dubai's ruler, Sheik Mohammed bin Rashid al-Maktoum.

Burj Dubai, on which a huge sum of $1bn was spent, is taller than both the world's previous tallest building, the 508m tall tower 101 in Taipei, and the 629m KVLY-TV mast in North Dakota, the tallest man-made structure. The gigantic building, which has swimming pools on floors 43 and 76, also intends to have the world's highest mosque on the 158th floor. It is astounding to learn that the temperature is 10C cooler at the top of building than at the base.

However, it is getting harder for the Burj's owners to present their architectural achievement as anything but a pyrrhic victory due to the losses of many investors in the building's 1,044 apartments following the downfall in Dubai's property prices. It has been learnt that at least two more months are required for the completion of offices and most of the flats. Meanwhile, there are speculations that the emirate's neighbours in Saudi Arabia and Abu Dhabi, which provided Dubai with a £15bn bailout last year, are not happy with the presentation of the building.

As per the reports, the fountain placed outside was made for £133m, while fashion designer Georgio Armani created the 160 room hotel. The building, which is told to have been built with enough glass to cover 17 football pitches and adequate concrete to build a pavement from London to Naples, also accommodates a nightclub, two restaurants and a spa. The unfortunate part of the story is that labourers on the project, including many immigrants from Pakistan, India and Bangladesh, earned low wages. The talented carpenters made just £4.34 a day and labourers, £2.84.

In spite of all this, there is no denial that the tower is the Dubai's most remarkable achievement till date. The tower, which is part of a 500-acre development called "downtown" Burj Dubai, will be home to nearly 12,000 people, who would also be working there.

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