A last hurrah or a new dawn? Whatever your take on Dubai’s debt crisis the ceremony to mark the opening of the world’s tallest building in the Gulf Emirate state was simply breathtaking.
Measuring a whopping 828 metres the Burj Khalifa dwarfs its nearest rival in Taiwan. Some 60,000 guests were invited to the opening and they were not disappointed.
Fitting Dubai’s love for excess, the building not only brags the highest restaurant and fountain above ground, it also boasts the highest swimming pool and observation deck anyway.
Dubai’s ruler, Sheik Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum was on hand to get proceedings officially underway, even though the inside of the skyscraper is not yet finished.
Construction on the 200 story giant began in 2004 at the height of Dubai’s economic boom. It progressed quickly despite facing a number of challenges, in particular a near catastrophic collapse in the property market.
Developers say almost 90 percent of the accommodation of the one billion euro project has already been bought, so you will have to move quickly while you have still got a chance. But, whatever you do, do not look down!