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Projects to Watch: Burj Dubai

For decades, the Sears Tower in Chicago was not only the tallest building in the US, having surpassed the Empire State Building and the World Trade Center, but was also the tallest in the world. In 1998, it was surpassed by the Petronas Towers in Kuala Lumpur.

Post 9/11, there has been a renewed interest in tall buildings. Taipei 101 took the new record in 2004, just short of 1,700 feet. The Freedom Tower under design for New York City is supposed to exceed that at 1,776 feet, chosen for its symbolism for American independence.

Now, a new tower, Burj Dubai is under construction (scheduled for late 2008 opening) and has already surpassed Taipei 101 by a significant amount. At the center of a huge development with tens of thousands of residences and malls, the Burj Dubai will stand an impressive 2,111 feet or about the size of one and a half Sears Towers. The building is expected to hold another record as well — world’s fastest elevators. Travelling at speeds of up to 40 mph, visitors will be able to rapidly ascend the 160+ floors to visit a roof top observation deck.

For more information about this impressive project, please visit:

SkyScraper Page
Burj Dubai

A photo is also available in the April 2008 issue of Conde Nast Traveler magazine.

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