Burj Khalifa: A Towering Achievment

The recent official opening of the world’ tallest structure, nicknamed The Superscaper, in Dubai made headline news all around the world. Built at a cost of $1.5 billion, the final height of Burj Khalifa (former known as Burj Dubai) that was only announced at the official opening, is a mind boggling 828m (2,716 ft).

Mosque in Burj Khalifa an urban myth

According to some of the world's most respected news sources, it is the crowning glory of the world's tallest building: a mosque on the 158th floor of the Burj Khalifa, and the highest on Earth. The BBC reported it in a story on the opening of the Burj on January 4 last year: "The world's highest mosque and swimming pool will meanwhile be located on the 158th and 76th floors."

World’s tallest free-standing tower opens in Japan

The tower, built by Japan’s Tobu Railway Company, stands 634 metres (2,080ft) tall, making it the world’s second tallest building after the Burj Khalifa in Dubai, which stands at 829 metres (2720 ft). Tokyo Skytree is now the world’s tallest free-standing broadcast tower ahead of the Canton Tower in China which scales 600 metres (1,968 ft).

Seawings: A New Plan for a New Future

Seawings the only seaplane tour operator in the UAE is in the process of launching their brand new website. Fun and easy to use, the website will feature important information on the company and some of their spectacular aerial sightseeing tours as well as contact details and a tool for booking online. Begun in August 2007, Seawings offers its guests the chance to see Dubai as never before with their unique tours. These aerial excursions travel over famous landmarks such as the Burj Al Arab, Burj Khalifa, Palm Jumeirah, World islands and the Dubai Creek with the stunning blue coastline of the state as the backdrop.

Elevator makers in race to top with rise of Burj Khalifa, Kingdom Tower

The Kingdom Tower in Jeddah would be the first of a breed of ultra-tall buildings to exceed 900 metres in height. That's more than twice as tall as New York's Empire State Building.United Technologies' Otis Elevator, Switzerland-based Schindler Group and Finland's Kone are racing to perfect technologies ranging from stronger brakes to smarter software to move elevator riders more efficiently and capture the market.

Saudis to build mile-high skyscraper, the “Kingom Tower”

A plan to build the tallest building on earth — the $30 billion Kingdom Tower in Jeddah, western Saudi Arabia that will stand one mile high — has reportedly been approved. The Kingdom Tower, designed by American Adrian Smith, will be nearly double the height of the existing tallest building on the planet, the 2,717-foot-tall Burj Khalifa in Dubai, also designed by Smith.

Engineering discipline

Right at the start of 2010, with much fanfare and fireworks, the world's tallest man-made structure was officially opened. The Burj Khalifa was one of the most anticipated, watched and reported on construction projects of all time and its opening is also ranked as the best moment so far, in the tenure of Hyder Consulting's regional managing director Wael Allan.

Photo: Downtown Dubai As Seen From Orbit

This image from the Pleiades satellite shows part of Dubai in the United Arab Emirates. Located south east of the Persian Gulf on the Arabian Peninsula, Dubai lies within the Arabian Desert. The city is a major business hub, and its revenues come from tourism, real estate and financial services.

Burj Khalifa LED show on until January 9

The Guinness World Record winning LED illumination on Burj Khalifa façade will continue until January 9, at regular intervals between 6.45pm and 11.45pm every day.