The developer of the world’s tallest building, which opened on Jan. 4 in Dubai after more than a year’s delay, has announced the height at 828 meters. The announcement ends years of speculation, fueled by developer Emaar Properties. Members of the design and construction team, including architect-engineer Skidmore, Owings & Merrill and lead contractor Samsung Corp., were contractually obligated to keep the height a secret. The 828-m height makes the building 320 m taller than the previous world’s tallest building, the 508-m Taipei 101. The difference is equivalent to an 80-story-plus tower. The Burj Khalifa, which is the Burj Dubai’s new name, became the world’s tallest structure—surpassing the 628.8-m-tall KVLY-TV mast in North Dakota–1,325 days after excavation started in January 2004. The 828-m height has not yet been confirmed by the keeper of the records, the Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat.
Dubai Opens the Doors On the World’s Tallest Building
January 6, 2010