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Burj Dubai Gets Telescopic Spire


The Burj tower in Dubai, which in September 2007 surpassed the height of Toronto's CN Tower to become the world's tallest freestanding structure, got a new addition this month in the form of a telescopic spire, which can reportedly be extended should its height record be challenged by another building.

But for now, the building has reached its intended height of 818 meters.

Watch the video, AFTER THE JUMP...

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  1. So a skyscraper with a built-in erection then?

    Posted by: JTlvr | Jan 14, 2009 1:02:14 PM

  2. Architechture in Dubai is such a pissing contest.

    Posted by: Paul R | Jan 14, 2009 1:08:10 PM

  3. It's a freaky building: terrifyingly skinny and deeply vertigo-inducing, it has a way of suddenly appearing in your field of vision when you're somewhere else entirely in Dubai. Close up, it seems like something out of a Terry Gilliam nightmare, stretching up, up, up for no particular purpose. At least, unlike way too much else in this part of the world, it's not gilded.

    Posted by: Muscato | Jan 14, 2009 1:20:42 PM

  4. Freud is laughing, while chomping his cigar.

    Posted by: David R. | Jan 14, 2009 2:16:38 PM

  5. A building that's approx. a 1/2 mile in height! That's just crazy. With the constant swaying of a building that tall, I would think that the people in the upper floors would need to take Dramamine every day to keep from being 'sea sick'.

    Posted by: Rob | Jan 14, 2009 3:02:27 PM

  6. Living that high up is like owning a Ferrari in Michigan - awesome, but totally not convenient for daily life.

    I mean, how long is the elevator ride? Isn't moving water and air (pressure?) that high going to cause future problems? Ugh, these tall-buildings are pretty, but so petty.

    Posted by: Drew | Jan 14, 2009 4:40:44 PM

  7. It looks so out of place with all the smaller buildings around. Does Dubai have that much of a population to need that tall of a building? Will all the space in that building be utilized? It seems a waste of building if it is just for getting a height record. And I thought Americans were excessive.

    Posted by: Carl | Jan 14, 2009 4:47:54 PM

  8. Dubai is excessive with everything. Most people love it or hate it. Another company has plans to build a tower 1 km high - but news today was they'd put construction on hold for 12 months.

    Posted by: Dubai | Jan 14, 2009 6:48:18 PM

  9. Hey i love this video and even love this post.

    Posted by: Dubai Used Cars | Dec 30, 2010 6:20:45 AM

  10. Great building,keep it up Dubai!

    Posted by: Dubai Guide | Jun 20, 2011 12:50:36 PM

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