World’s Tallest Skyscraper

Posted: January 8, 2010 in 1, Buyers, General Information, Sellers, What's Happening Now!
Burj Khalifa

 Reading between the lines can be  a lot of fun when reading articles. This article about the world’s tallest skyscraper that opened Monday in Dubai, United Arab Emirates caught my attention – looks like the tower of Babel I’ve seen in books as a kid.
In a blaze of fireworks ( got to make some noise ), the tower was renamed ( funny enough they just built it and it’s being renamed already  ) for the head of neighbouring Abu Dhabi, whose billions bailed out Dubai amid last year’s financial crisis ( his money came in handy so give the guy a break and name the tower of Babel after him ).  The building rises 828 metres from the desert ( Sand can be very scenic ). The $1.5-billion “vertical city”  of luxury apartments ( none of us will be able to afford these ) and offices ( all banks and oil  CEO’s )  and a hotel  ( not on our travel budget ) designed by Giorgio Armani also plans to have the world’s highest mosque (158th floor) ( isn’t the idea of the mosque tower to have the people below being able to hear the guy at the top??? ) and swimming pool (76th floor) ( what if it springs a leak? How do they get water way up there? My inquiry mind wants to know ).
Its backers wanted the skyscraper to be a monument to the boundless ( what else can you grow in a desert? ) , can-do spirit of Dubai (actually you and I paid for that – it’s called gas profit ) — one of a federation of seven small sheikdoms that make up the United Arab Emirates — but the timing could not be worse (Oh! No…sand storm season! ).  Property prices in parts of Dubai collapsed by nearly half in the past year ( they should have built in Cambridge ), the result of easy credit and overbuilding during a real estate bubble that has since burst (like I said they should have built in the KW region)
Riding to the rescue was Sheik Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan ( Lawrence of Arabia “Moneybag” for short ), the ruler of oil-rich neighbour Abu Dhabi ( I was right, we paid for it ), which pumped tens of billions of dollars  ( could we get some of that pumped into our  yards? ) into Dubai last year as it struggled to pay enormous debts.
As officials opened the tapering metal-and-glass spire with fireworks and multicoloured lights, they unexpectedly announced ( you mean nobody knew? ) it would be renamed Burj Khalifa, to honour the Abu Dhabi leader who is also president of the UAE ( now the truth comes out. He’s the Pres )
Thousands of cheering, clapping spectators ( who are these people? ) watched as a tally projected on huge screens at the opening ceremony revealed the tower’s most closely guarded secret — its height of 828 metres ( How did they keep it a secret? Isn’t it a bit hard to hide 828 metres in the desert? Must be that new math ).
That made it more than 305 metres higher than the skyscraper known as Taipei 101 in Taiwan, which at 508 metres had been the world’s tallest since 2004. The exact number of floors for the Burj Khalifa is not known ( too many to count or what? ),  and could reflect how the developer chose to calculate the total ( when you run out of material you stop building ).
Mohammed Alabbar, chairman of the tower’s developer Emaar Properties, initially said Monday it had “more than 200” storeys, but he later backtracked to more than 165 inhabitable floors ( heads will roll for that mistake), given its tapered top ( Here’s a good job – walk up those stairs and count each floor – could take a while ).  Developers say they are confident in the safety of the tower ( Oh! Oh! déjà vue, they said that about the Titanic too ) which is nearly twice the height of New York’s Empire State Building ( So!!!!! ).

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