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Over half a mile tall, the current record holder is
the Burj Dubai (2,684 feet):

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  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Burj_Dubai
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Burj Dubai (Arabic: "Dubai Tower") is a super-
tall skyscraper under construction in the Business
Bay district of Dubai, United Arab Emirates, and
is the tallest man-made structure ever built ...

New World's Tallest Building - the Burj Dubai


Construction began on September 21, 2004 and
is expected to be completed and ready for occu-
pancy in September 2009.

Photo: Aerial view of Burj Dubai on October 26, 2008
 http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:2008-10-26_burjdubai.jpg

Photo: Ground view of Burj Dubai on January 21, 2009
  http://tinyurl.com/Burj-Dubai-20090121-jpg

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Current records

Tallest structure: 818 m (2,684 ft)
(previously KVLY-TV mast - 628.8 m (2,063 ft))

Tallest freestanding structure: 818 m (2,684 ft)
(previously CN Tower - 553.3 m (1,815 ft))

Building with most floors: 160 (previously Sears
Tower / World Trade Center - 110)


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Extreme Engineering: The Tallest Skyscraper

Even the worst economy in decades can't suppress
the human urge to build. Today's most ambitious
projects are bigger and wilder than ever!


by Rena Marie Pacella Posted 02.26.2009
  http://tinyurl.com/futuretallestskyscraper

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The Tallest Skyscraper: The centerpiece of Kuwait's
entirely new City of Silk will be the Burj Mubarak
skyscraper.
 http://tinyurl.com/cityofsilkburjmubarak 


Name: Burj Mubarak al Kabir

Where: Kuwait

Cost: $7.37 billion

Estimated Completion: 2016

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The Kuwaiti government is about to break ground
on the City of Silk, a designed-from-scratch metro-
polis on the Tigris and Euphrates river delta with
a 3,284-foot tower as its centerpiece.

... the height has a cultural significance, Kuhne says.
"One thousand and one meters for the classic Arabian
fairy tale One Thousand and One Nights. It's the dif-
ference between bragging rights and telling a story."

See more extreme engineering projects in PopSci's
look at the Future of Building!
  http://popsci.com/category/tags/future-building

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