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Burj Dubai skyscraper soars into record books

The Burj Dubai has overtaken Taipei 101 to become the tallest building in the world.

The Burj Dubai is now the tallest building in the world.

The skyscraper's developer, Emaar Properties, confirmed on Saturday that the tower had reached 512 metres, overtaking Taipei 101, which stands at 508 metres.

The structure how has 141 storeys, more than any other building in the world.

The Burj Dubai is to be the centerpiece of a city within a city. The development as a whole will include 30,000 homes, nine hotels, 6.2 acres of parkland, 19 residential towers, the Dubai Mall, and a 30 acre man-made lake. The development will cost about $20 billion.

Despite now being the tallest manmade free standing building in the world, Burj Dubai will not be recognised by The Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat as the tallest until it is finally completed.

By then, the building could be over 900 metres tall. Emaar has still not confirmed the final height it is aiming for. Rumours range from 700 metres to 1000 metres tall.

Present records

* Building with most floors: 140 (previously World Trade Center - 110)

* Tallest skyscraper to highest occupied floor: 507.3 m (1,664.4 ft) (previously Taipei 101 - 439.2 m (1,440.9 ft)

* Tallest skyscraper to top of roof: 507.3 m (1,664.4 ft) (previously Taipei 101 - 439.2 m (1,440.9 ft)

* Vertical concrete pumping (for a building): 507.3 m (1,664.4 ft) (previously Taipei 101 - 439.2 m (1,440.9 ft)

(Source: wikipeida.com)

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