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Burj Khalifa: The tallest building in the world


Ophelia

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In March 1996 the Petronas Towers in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, overtook the Sears Tower's record as the world's Tallest office building. Stainless steel pinnacles 73.5 metres (241 ft) long placed atop the 88-storey towers brought their height to 451.9 metres (1,482 ft 8 in). Then, in 2003, Taiwan’s Taipei 101 (also known as the Taipei Financial Centre) took the title at a huge 508 metres (1,666 ft). Just one year later, construction on the Burj Khalifa began.

 

It was to form part of a new 2 km2 (490-acre) flagship development called Downtown Dubai at the 'First Interchange', near Dubai's main business district in the UAE.
 

 

 

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