The worlds tallest building opened in a blaze of fireworks, parachute jumps and
shooting streams of water from the world's tallest fountain.
At a cost estimated at $1.5 billion, the Burj
Khalifa took five years to build, is more than 160 floors high and has
comfortably surpassed the previous record holder in Taiwan, the Taipei
More than 12,000 people will occupy its 6
million square feet, zooming up and down in 54 elevators that can reach speeds
of 40 miles an hour.
It will have the world's highest mosque, on the
158th floor; the world's highest swimming pool, on the 76th floor; the highest
observation deck, on the 124th floor; and the first hotel by the fashion
designer Armani. Burj Khalifa also claims to hold several other world records,
including: tallest free-standing structure in the world (previously held by
Toronto's CN Tower); elevator with the longest travel distance in the world and
most number of stories in the world.
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