The new tallest building in the world, the Burj Dubai or Burj Khalifa, located in Dubai, will officially be opened today. Standing at more than 800 meters (half a mile tall!), it is twice the height of the Empire State Building in Manhattan and it dwarfs the world’s second tallest building, Taipei’s 101 Tower (at 509 meters). There’s something about skyscrapers that never ceases to fascinate me – I remember standing at the foot of the Twin Towers in New York in the 1980’s and looking up at that massive vertical surface. It was absolutely awe-inspiring. Whenever I’m in Kuala Lumpur, I always make it a point to visit the Petronas twin towers, once the world’s tallest buildings and now the world’s tallest twin towers. The sight of the two steel towers, shimmering in the sunlight, with their twin spires piercing the clouds, is simply spellbinding.
As a tribute to the magic of skyscrapers, here are the profiles of five of the tallest skyscrapers in the world. Enjoy!
Check out this awesome video of the view from the top of the spire of the Burj Dubai (824 meters high)! Warning: keep your eyes closed if you’re afraid of heights! 😉