Monday, January 4, 2010

World Tallest Tower Burj Khalifa Opened

. Monday, January 4, 2010

By stockOzone team

Fireworks shot out from tiers of the world’s tallest tower as part of the opening ceremony celebrations in which His Highness Shaikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, renamed Burj Dubai the Burj Khalifa.

The tower has grown on Shaikh Zayed Road — from its first foundation stone in 2004 to its height of 828 metres announced on Monday night, to be an icon on the city’s skyline.

“We built the high-rise for people with strong will and determination. The highest point in the world should be linked to the big names and I announce today: the opening of Burj Khalifa,” said Shaikh Mohammed.

Shaikh Mohammed unveiled a plaque at the base of the tower, declaring the tower’s new name to be Burj Khalifa, in honour of the country’s President, His Highness Shaikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan.

Then ensued a spectacular show of choreographed water displays at the tower’s base, light beams, sound and music, telling the story of Dubai and Burj Khalifa’s creation.

Narrow search beams flashed from the tower to more than 50 different sequences of effects.

The event neared a crescendo with searing blue and purple fireworks shooting off the sides of the Burj Khalifa, lighting up its entire length from base to pinnacle — at 828m — and then down again.

Ahead of the show, roads in Downtown Burj Dubai and tributary roads slowed to a halt and access to the Metro stayed restricted.

Hundreds of motorists on Shaikh Zayed Road and Al Khail Road pulled off to the side or onto sandy areas to see the lights display.

An estimated 6,000 people piled through gates into a public area on Burj Park Island at 5.30pm, braving traffic and mosh-pit like atmosphere, took in the show.

As Mohamed Alabbar, Chairman of Emaar Properties - the tower’s developer, said, the edifice is a source of pride for the city and an event for the public.

“It was nice, excellent and amazing — the fireworks and everything,” said Kamruddin, Bangladesh national, who was there his wife and three small children.

“Very nice, magnificent!” Adison, a 35-year-old Filipino, said. “Now the problem is, how to get out of this place? We were promised a free shuttle bus, but there is no bus till now.”

“A very good combination of fireworks, light show of fountains and lights. Dubai has never seen something like this before. Simply superb amazing dazzling and a spectacular show,” said Sunil Munwani, a resident of Dubai since 1993.

Disclosure: Author does not own any of the stocks discussed here.

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Usaid Bin Affan said...

The tower is a pride for Arab world.After much waiting atlast this marvel of the world opened. I am sure it would be the 8th wonder of the world.

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