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Burj Khalifa The Worlds Tallest Building


Angus Taverner

Director- Global Affairs

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The official opening of the Burj Khalifa attracted worldwide attention to Dubai mostly for the right reasons, although some journalists could not resist ironic comparisons between the completion of the tallest building on the planet and the economic challenges that Dubai is facing.  Moreover, some commentators also saw the inauguration of the worlds tallest structure as a metaphor for the wider global economic crisis and it attracted particular attention because for many, Monday 4th January was the first working day of a new decade.
Most architectural editors and observers simply marvelled at the architectural achievement that the Burj Khalifa now represents.  The Chicago Tribune spoke of the buildings exquisitely sculpted, elegantly detailed and unapologetically exultant design and suggested that it represents a leap forward in design quality. Sadly, some were less enthusiastic with criticisms of it as an act of colossal hubris, a modern-day Tower of Babel. 
Above all, and despite further question marks surrounding the rationale for renaming the tower, the Burj Khalifa, much of the coverage seemed to reflect a mood of tentative optimism. It is apparent that many international correspondents and commentators have picked up the key message that the opening of the Burj Khalifa represents a fresh start after the difficulties of 2009.  Most also seemed prepared to acknowledge Dubais pride in its achievement and some commentators have indeed suggested that despite the difficult close to 2009, Dubai remains poised to emerge from its current financial difficulties.  The FTs Dubai-based correspondent seemed to sum up the prevailing mood when he commented  that: hope can be found in today's more affordable Dubai underpinning the city's allure as a services hub for the affluent Gulf region.

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