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Burj Dubai opens tomorrow, final height still a secret!

Amidst the crisis, Dubai is keeping its date to create history by opening the Burj Dubai, the world's tallest building, tomorrow, even as it is keeping the whole world guessing about the final height of the magnificent tower whose parent is fighting for survival.

world Updated: Jan 03, 2010 17:30 IST

Amidst the crisis, Dubai is keeping its date to create history by opening the Burj Dubai, the world's tallest building, tomorrow, even as it is keeping the whole world guessing about the final height of the magnificent tower whose parent is fighting for survival.

Though the final height of the super-scrapper is not known, the 1-billion pound Burj Dubai is at least 2,683 ft from its base to the tip of its spire--equivalent of three-and-a-half Canary Wharf towers or two Empire State Buildings stacked up.

Its final height is being kept a secret until tomorrow, but architects who have worked on the building have hinted it could break the 2,700-ft mark. The tower is more than 1,000ft higher than it's nearest inhabited rival, Taiwan's 1,671-ft Taipei 101.

The Burj Dubai, which is not just the tallest building on the planet but also the world's tallest man-made structure, surpassing even the 2,063-ft KVLY-TV mast in North Dakota, America, will be opened by the Emirate ruler Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid al-Maktoum tomorrow.

Meanwhile, online news site ArabianBusiness.com said the "inauguration of the Burj Dubai, developed by Emaar Properties, (it parent Dubai World is fighting a $ 59-billion debit crisi) will feature a spectacular display of sound, light, water and fireworks."

A combination of 10,000 fireworks, light beams, choreographed water displays, and sound & music effects on Monday will describe the evolution of the world's most iconic new building.