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The Burj Dubai thrill
The inauguration of the planet’s tallest building has got the whole world talking.
January 4, 2010 2:22 by kippreport
There’s only one topic on the lips of people in the United Arab Emirates right now – the world’s tallest building, Burj Dubai.
The tower’s inauguration on Monday has created more than just local noise, however; there seems to be a worldwide media buzz. Journalists are in a frenzy to get their hands on any teeny bit of new information on the tower – an exclusive interview, never-seen-before pictures, new numbers – any excuse to print another picture of the mega structure.
The city residents have geared up for the occasion, too – people living in the Burj Dubai area have thrown open their doors so friends can come and watch the ceremony, and one of our friends’ has even decided to turn the celebration into a Burj Dubai inauguration party.
The excitement is a welcome relief for Dubai; thanks to the global financial crisis and its recent debt debacle, the city didn’t have much to smile about in 2009. Now, in 2010, residents will be hoping that the completion of the tower will also mark the rise of Dubai in the world’s eyes once again.
Is this just another example of Dubai’s over-optimistic, unrealistic views, or do you subscribe to it? Ultimately, isn’t Burj Dubai nothing but a very big building?