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Burj Khalifa inspired by Empire State building, says Dubai ruler

Sheikh Mohammed shares 1960s picture from top of the then tallest building in the world with his father Sheikh Rashid bin Saeed Al Maktoum

Burj Khalifa inspired by Empire State building, says Dubai ruler

The world’s tallest building, Dubai’s Burj Khalifa, was inspired by New York’s Empire State building, Sheikh Mohammed has revealed.

In a post on his official Twitter account, Sheikh Mohammed shared a picture of himself and his father Sheikh Rashid bin Saeed Al Maktoum on top of the Empire State building in the 1960s – then the world’s tallest building – and compared it to the Dubai monument.

“In 1960s, a dream started when my father and I ascended the world's tallest building - the Empire State in New York. We returned to Dubai fired with the dream that one day our city could be filled with such wonders as the world's tallest building,” he tweeted.

 

“Now our dream is alive with the Burj Khalifa and the Dubai Holding/Emaar tower. New heights are in our road ahead,” he added.

The Dubai Holding/Emaar tower, “The Tower,” is a collaboration between the two companies which is meant to become Dubai’s next tallest tower – a notch higher than the Burj Khalifa.

It will face competition from Jeddah’s upcoming Kingdom Tower, currently under construction, for the ‘tallest in the world’ title. It is scheduled to exceed the height of the Burj Khalifa (828m).

 

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Mohammad Zeshan 3 years ago

May Allah bless this city more with prosperity,wealth and fame. HH Sheikh Mohammad is a true leader of the nation. Wish we also have leaders like him

Muneer Anver 3 years ago

May Allah bless Sheikh Mohamed and his family and Dubai and UAE. Masha-Allaha Mabrook . I have seen this city coming up right in front of my eyes. Allhamdullilaha. Good luck to this wonderful country.