Indebted Dubai opens tallest building

2010-01-05 09:00 BJT

Crowning glory or last hurrah? Dubai has opened the world's tallest structure in a glitzy ceremony to put a brave face on its crushing debt woes.

Dubai's ruler opened the 1.5 billion US dollar tower on Monday. The 828-meter structure, with 200 storeys, surpasses the next tallest inhabited building, Taipei 101 in China's Taiwan, by more than 300 meters.

Emaar properties, developers of the Burj Dubai, say the building delivers a new message: hope for the future.

Dubai has opened the world's tallest structure in a glitzy ceremony to put a brave face on its crushing debt woes.
Dubai has opened the world's tallest structure in a glitzy ceremony to put 
a brave face on its crushing debt woes.