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World’s tallest building opens in Dubai

World's tallest building opens in Dubai

Individuals booking flights to Dubai will notice that the city "stands out" even more following the opening of the Burj Khalifa tower.

This is the opinion of Lonely Planet travel editor Tom Hall, who was commenting on yesterday’s opening of the world’s tallest building.

"Dubai has for a while been somewhere that people go to because it has some outlandish things in it," he commented.

"The Burj Dubai…fits quite nicely to that plan – it’s brash and it’s out there and it’s in your face."

Mr Hall pointed to the example of the Petronas Towers in Kuala Lumpur, previously the world’s tallest structure, as being an example of how impressive architecture is able to "put a place on the map".

A fireworks display marked the Burj Khalifa’s opening, with the tower standing at 828 metres and breaking all previous records for tall buildings.

It is officially the world’s tallest structure after meeting all three of the Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat criteria: height to architectural top, height to highest occupied floor and height to tip.