World Record: Final word awaited

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Chicago-based Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat (CTBUH) says Burj Khalifa builder Emaar has not shared blueprints in order for the 828-metre Dubai skyscraper to be truly certified as the world's tallest structure. "No, we haven't got a blueprint yet, but we'll probably get one sooner or later," Jan Klerks, CTBUH spokesman, told XPRESS from CTBUH's headquarters. "We'll sure let the world know when we do."

New Mission: Impossible Ghost Protocol poster

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The film was shot extensively in the UAE, with shoots taking place in and on top of Burj Khalifa, at The Palace hotel, in the streets of Satwa and at a purpose-built set in the International Media Production Zone on Emirates Road. Releasing in the UAE on December 15, the film is expected to be a centrepiece of the Dubai International Film Festival, with Cruise and company rumoured to be in town for a screening.

Architectural wonders can be a burden for businesses

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In January, for example, Emaar flipped the switch at the gala opening of Burj Khalifa to reveal the final height at 828 metres, making it the highest freestanding structure in the world as recognised by the Guinness Book of World Records. In June, Abu Dhabi's new Capital Gate Tower was also recognized by Guinness as the world's furthest-leaning tower with an 18-degree slant compared to the Leaning Tower of Pisa at four degrees.

Now a Burj Khalifa replica from 160,000 phone cards

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A Dubai resident has built a replica of the Burj Khalifa out of 160,000 phone cards. Manoj Khira spent over Dh110,000 over the last six months reconstructing the world's tallest building.

Secret tunnel: New Dubai bypass tunnel

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You can't help feeling a bit like Batman while driving into an apparently secret, subterranean car tunnel coursing under the Downtown Burj Khalifa area.

Thousands of residents get walking shoes on

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An estimated 12,000 people turned up for the Dubai Walks held under the auspices of the Dubai Sports Council-organised Dubai Pulse Programme around Burj Khalifa yesterday.

Dubai hotels boast strong jump in revenue

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Hotels in Dubai have reported a strong double-digit increase in revenue per available room (RevPAR) while those in Abu Dhabi have continued on their downward spiral in the first half of the year, according to the latest report by Ernst & Young.

Jazzy and Donaeo in Dubai

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It all begins with the very jazzy DJ Jazzy Jeff - former partner of Will Smith — at Armani/Prive at the Armani Hotel in Downtown Dubai Wednesday from 10pm to 3am. To continue the weekend on a thrilling note, British Ghanaian R&B artist Donaeo will be performing this Thursday at the Jamrock night at Sublime Lounge at the Ibis Hotel - Dubai World Trade Center.

Luxury Milan hotel gets the Armani touch

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When the timeless allure of famed Italian fashion designer Giorgio Armani's understated elegance in haute couture is transferred to the interiors of a hotel, you can be assured that the results will be stunning. His foray into accommodation design was at the Armani Hotel in Dubai. Now he returns to his homeland to open the Armani Hotel in Milan.

Iftar of the day: Mediterraneo, Armani Hotel

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The iftar at Armani Hotel Dubai's Mediterraneo is unique not least because it is in the iconic Burj Khalifa, but because of the experience. Few restaurants in the city offer such expansive views of the Dubai Fountain.