The world’s tallest building opened yesterday, with a number of surprises including a new name. The 828-meter Burj Khalifa after UAE President Khalifa Bin Zayed, now holds a raft of world records including the world’s highest occupied floor (160th floor), the world's highest observation deck (124th floor), the world's highest mosque (158th floor), the world's highest swimming pool (76th floor), and the world’s tallest service lift. The tower is so tall it can be seen 95 km away, and breaks the previous record by 63% - quite some feat - check the CTBUH Top 100 Tallest Buildings database and the World’s tallest structures list for all the numbers.
Since it was first announced in 2004, the structure that was to become the world’s tallest building has been named the Burj Dubai, but was yesterday renamed after UAE President Khalifa Bin Zayed. Khalifa was the person responsible for the US$10 billion loan which bailed Dubai out of financial distress last month.
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