Sep 3, 2008

Burj Dubai is now World's Tallest Tower

Burj Dubai, the Emaar Properties' famous tower that is under construction, is now the World's Tallest Man-made Structure after reaching a new record height of 688 metres. The tower surpasses the 628.8 meter tall KVLY-TV mast in North Dakota, US, which has held the record for the world's tallest supported structure since 1963.

Burj Dubai or Dubai tower was designed by Chicago-based Skidmore and is constructed by South Korea's Samsung Corporation. At over 160 storeys, Burj Dubai has the largest number of floors in any building. It is taller than the Taipei 101 building (508 meters) in Taiwan and the CN Tower (553.33 meters) in Toronto, Canada.

After completion of construction work, Burj Dubai should meet all four criteria listed by the Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat (CTBUH), which classifies the world's tallest structures. CTBUH measures the height of buildings to the structural top, the highest occupied floor, the top of the roof and the tip of the spire, pinnacle, antenna, mast or flag pole.


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