UPDATE: OCT 2008
Burj Dubai 720,1 m – 6 OCTOBER........................ ==> 850 m , in 2009
In the world's highest position is BABU SASSI from Kerala India - the crane operator of the top most floor of Burj Dubai, the tallest building in the world.
Babu Sassi, a fearless young man from southern India is the cult hero of Dubai 's army of construction workers.Known as the "Indian on the top of the world", Babu is the crane operator at the world's tallest building - the 819-meter (2,687 ft) Burj Dubai. His office, the cramped crane cab perched on top of the Burj, is also his home - apparently it takes too long to come down to the ground each day to make it worthwhile.. When the building is completed, its elevators will be the world's fastest.
Stories about his daily dalliance with death are discussed in revered terms by Dubai 's workers. Some say he has been up there for more than a year, others whisper that he's paid 30,000 dirhams ($8,168) a month compared with the average wage of 800 dirhams a month. All agree he's worth it.
UPDATE: 10 OCT 2009
Burj Dubai to Open on December 2009
DUBAI — The world’s tallest skyscraper, Burj Dubai, will open on December 2, the project developers have said in a commitment of date. The opening coincides with the 38th National Day of the United Arab Emirates.
“We are shooting for the National Day,” Emaar Properties Chairman Mohammed Alabbar told CNN on Friday. “I think it is achievable; lot of challenges, but we will get there.”
Speaking about the last-minute touches, he said, “We have about 12,000 people inside the building and outside trying to achieve the December 2 opening.”
Construction of Burj Dubai, which shoots 800 metres into the skies over Business Bay, began on September 21, 2004 as part of the $20-billion Downtown Burj Dubai real estate development.
The opening of Emaar’s flagship project has met with delays. It was originally scheduled to open last September. Since then there has been suspense over whether it would, in fact, open by the end of 2009.
Alabbar said all units in Burj Dubai had been sold out well before Dubai’s property sector slump upon the global recession that began in September 2008.
“The Burj was sold almost three-and-half years ago,” he said. “The day we launched this.” The 162-floor tower, whose glass cladding lends it a metallic sheen in the sun, aims to be Dubai’s signature.
Alabaar added that property prices in Downtown Burj Dubai area were much higher than anywhere else because of the high quality of development and environment.
UPDATE: 5 NOV 2009
The 160-plus storey structure is considered the world’s tallest building.
Mohammad Ali Al Abbar, Chairman of Emaar real estate company said the company decided to launch the tower on this date as a gesture of gratitude towards Shaikh Mohammad, who is considered the builder of modern Dubai.
Burj Dubai became the tallest building in the world in just 1,276 days, with the help of more than 5,000 consultants and skilled construction workers.
Work on the Burj Dubai started in January 2004. The tower reached 100 levels in January 2007. A month later, it surpassed the Sears Tower in Chicago as the building with the most floors in the world.
Burj Dubai is now the world’s tallest building and tallest man-made structure, having surpassed the height of the KVLY-TV mast in North Dakota, USA.
The Burj Dubai houses residences and commercial spaces, apart from Giorgio Armani’s The Armani Hotel & Residences.
It also anchors Downtown Burj Dubai, a Dh73 billion mixed-use mega project, already a bustling community described as the new “heart of the city”.
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The opening ceremony for the Burj was marked by a dazzling fireworks display that wreathed the tower in stars and smoke. The final height of the tower, which has been shrouded in secrecy, was also revealed to be 2,717ft (828 metres).
DEVELOPERS in Dubai have announced plans to build a tower 1km high - beating the booming city state's own world record.
With the world's tallest building, the Burj Dubai, nearing completion, Dubai World president Sultan Ahmed bin Sulaim said the new tower would be "one of a kind".
The tower, which will take more than a decade to complete, will be the centerpiece of a sprawling development state-owned builder Nakheel plans to create in the rapidly growing "New Dubai" section of the city.
Foundation work has already begun on the tower, Nakheel Chief Executive Chris O'Donnell told FoxNews.
The tower will be located between two of the city's artificial palm-shaped islands, which Nakheel also built.
The project will include a manmade inland harbor and 40 additional towers up to 90 floors high.
About 150 elevators will carry employees and workers to the Nakheel Tower's more than 200 floors, the company said.
The building will be composed of four separate towers joined at various levels and centered on an open atrium.
"It does show a lot of confidence in this environment of worldwide credit problems and a souring global economy," Standard Chartered Bank's Dubai-based regional head of research Marios Maratheftis said.
Dubai is already home to the world's tallest building, even if it remains unfinished.
The Burj Dubai, or Dubai Tower in Arabic, is being built by Nakheel's chief competitor, Emaar Properties.
Emaar has kept the final height of the silvery steel-and-glass tower a closely guarded secret, saying only that it stood at a "new record height" of 688 metres at the start of last month.
It's due to be finished next September.
The final height of Nakheel's proposed tower is likewise a secret, as is the price tag. The company would only say it will be more than 1km tall - or the height of more than three of New York's Chrysler Buildings stacked end-to-end.
UPDATE: 2 AUG 2011
Saudi Arabia to build world's tallest building
Riyadh - Saudi Arabia's Kingdom Holding Company, owned by billionaire prince Alwaleed bin Talal, announced Tuesday plans to build the world's tallest buildings after signing a 4.6 billion Saudi riyal (around 1.23 billion dollars) deal.
The tower, to be located in the Red Sea port city of Jeddah, is to be more than 1,000 metres high, and will include a hotel and luxury offices and serviced apartments will be designed by U.S. architecture firm Adrian Smith + Gordon Gill. It is expected to take five years and will occupy an area of 500,000 square meters.
After it is completed, the Jeddah tower would replace Dubai's Burj Khalifa as the world's tallest building. Burj Khalifa is 828 metres tall and was opened last year.