Dubai reaches for the sky

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The Arab emirate’s colossal, multibillion-dollar skyscraper, Burj Dubai, opens for business Monday, stretching 168 stories and 2,684 feet ( 818 meters) into the desert sky.

“No question, the tower is going to be a huge draw for people who want to get up there,” said George Efstathiou, Burj Dubai’s lead architect and managing partner for the Chicago, Illinois, architecture firm Skidmore, Owings & Merrill.

(The other tallest buildings, in order, are Taipei 101 in Taiwan, Shanghai World Financial Center in China and Petronas Towers 1 and 2 in Malaysia, according to the Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat, the world’s arbiter of building height.) CNN

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