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First aerial footage of 600m+ Burj Dubai

WORLD EXCLUSIVE: The latest films and photos of world's tallest structure in Dubai after 600-metre breach.

The first aerial films and photos of Burj Dubai's breakthrough the 600-metre mark have been published by ArabianBusiness.com in a world exclusive.

Burj Dubai, which is the world's tallest structure, has now reached a height of 604.9 metres (1985 feet) with 159 floors completed. ArabianBusiness.com was able to secure the photographs of the landmark building via a helicopter ride over Dubai on February 2, a day after developer Emaar confirmed the 600 metre-mark had been breached.

According to Burj Dubai's official website, the building had reached a height of 598.5 metres (1964 feet), with 158 floors completed by December 27 last year.

ArabianBusiness.com is presenting the spectacular films and photographs as part of a landmark special report, The World Exclusive , commemorating the completion of The World islands in Dubai after nearly five years in development.

The latest aerial film of Burj Dubai can be seen after 3 minutes of the official video, The VIP Experience: Dubai and The World Islands from the Sky, and in the first four minutes of the mobile-camera video .

"We're standing toe-to-toe with the man-made equivalent of Mount Everest," said Talal Malik about seeing the Burj Dubai during the helicopter ride. "We can see the cranes at the summit pin-pricking the clouds that surround them."

Full and high-resolution photos of Burj Dubai past the 600-metre mark can be found on photos section of The World Exclusive site at pictures (22), (34) and (29) .

Burj Dubai's Rise

Burj Dubai is taller than Taiwan's Taipei 101, and over 40 metres higher than the world's tallest free-standing structure, Toronto's CN Tower.

The only structure now left for the Burj to overtake is the KVLY/KTHI television mast in Blanchard, US, which measures 628.8 metres

The Burj Dubai will not be officially recognised as the world's tallest structure until it is completed, which is expected before the end of 2008.

When completed, the tower will be the tallest building in the world in all four categories recognised by the Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat (CTBUH), which ranks buildings on the basis of spire height, the highest occupied floor, roof height and pinnacle height.

Construction of the building's concrete structure finished at around 585 metres and contractors are currently working on the steel structure on top and the spire.

The spire will be built from the inside of the building and raised up using a hydraulic pump - meaning that the height will be adjustable.

Emaar has remained tight lipped over the final height of the Burj, but it is rumoured to be between 700 and 1,000 metres.

Local media reports last year said the final height of the Burj would be 818 metres, citing architects drawings posted on the internet.

The Burj Dubai is to be the centrepiece of a city within a city, Downtown Burj Dubai. 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.

Emaar has partnered with South Korean construction firm Samsung Corporation and New York-based project manager Turner Construction on the project, which has been designed by Adrian Smith and Skidmore, Owings & Merrill of Chicago.

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