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Dubai: Burj Khalifa
Tallest Tower of the World
The construction of Dubai's new urban masterpiece lasted about 64 months. From September 21st 2004 to January 4th 2010, the day it officially opened. The total cost for the project was about US $1,5 billion.
The decision to build Burj Khalifa is reportedly based on the government's decision to diversify from an oil based economy to one that is service and tourism oriented. According to officials, it is necessary for projects like Burj Khalifa to be built in the city to garner more international recognition, and hence investment.
The project's completion coincided with the global financial crisis of 2007–2010, and with vast overbuilding in the country, led to high vacancies and foreclosures. With Dubai mired in debt from its huge ambitions, the government was forced to seek multibillion dollar bailouts from its oil rich neighbor Abu Dhabi. Subsequently, in a surprise move at its opening ceremony, the tower was renamed Burj Khalifa, said to honour the UAE President Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan for his crucial support.
The Burj Khalifa is composed of about 30 000 homes, hotels, boutiques and corporate offices.
To support the unprecedented height of the building, the engineers developed a new structural system called the buttressed core, which consists of a hexagonal core reinforced by three buttresses that form the ‘Y' shape. This structural system enables the building to support itself laterally and keeps it from twisting.
Now more than ever, Dubai is the most futuristic city of the world.
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