The design of Burj Dubai is so modern it makes Tokyo’s Shinjuku look retro. It was the first thing I saw out of the airplane window after landing. Like a mountain on the horizon it always appears closer than it is.
The torch for the world’s tallest skyscraper race has been passed from Asia to the Middle East. Burj Dubai, also known as the Dubai Tower, surpassed Taiwan’s Taipei 101 as the world’s tallest building last summer. Still under construction its final height is being kept top secret. According to reports it will be higher than 2,275 feet with about 160+ stories.
Dubai Tower is the centerpiece of the still under construction Downtown Burj Dubai. The skyscraper will include residences and commercial and retail space. It was originally expected to be completed the end of this year but that date has been pushed back to early 2009.
Who knows how long it will keep its world’s tallest status. Plans have already been drawn up to build the Mile High Tower in Saudi Arabia. If completed as currently planned it will be more than twice as high as the Burj Dubai scraping the sky at 5,250 feet.