burj-khalifa-openingThe Burj Dubai, the world’s tallest skyscraper, in the United Arab Emirates (renamed Burj Khalifa) opened its doors Monday, January 4th. A multimedia presentation witnessed by Dubai’s ruler and thousands of onlookers at the base of the new building aid the skyscraper was 828 meters, or 2,717 feet, tall.

Watch a video of the Burj Khalifa opening ceremony

It will comprise a combination of luxe live-work space, the world’s first Armani Hotel, among other “modern amenities,” and is scheduled to welcome its first residents in February.

Although Burj Khalifa has received quick reference as the tallest building in the world, it also claims to hold several other world records, including: tallest free-standing structure in the world (previously held by Toronto’s CN Tower); highest outdoor observation deck in the world (floor 124); elevator with the longest travel distance in the world; most number of stories in the world and more.
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