DUBAI, July 21, 2007 (AFP) – Burj Dubai, a tower rising in the booming Gulf emirate, on Saturday became the tallest building in the world at 512.1 metres (1,680 feet), developers said. Burj Dubai, or Dubai Tower, now surpasses Taiwan’s Taipei 101 which is 508 metres (1,667 feet) tall, and has 141 storeys, more than any other building in the world, Emaar Properties said in a statement.
The skyscraper, being built by South Korea’s Samsung and scheduled for completion next year, is one of a string of grandiose projects taking shape in Dubai, which is part of the United Arab Emirates.
The statement did not reveal the final projected height or number of storeys of the tower, which Emaar has kept secret since launching the project in January 2004.
But Emaar officials have said the skyscraper, which will have cost one billion dollars by the time it is completed at the end of 2008, will be more than 700 metres (2,296 feet) tall and have more than 160 storeys.
Burj Dubai “became the tallest building in the world in just 1,276 days,” the developers boasted.
Burj Dubai is the centrepiece of a 20-billion-dollar venture featuring the construction of a new district, “Downtow