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Burj Dubai now world's tallest building, says developers



A year and a half ahead of completion and already 1,680ft tall, the skyscraper know as Burj Dubai in the Gulf state has become the world's tallest building, its developers claimed yesterday.

With it, the Middle East is also set to reclaim the honour of having the tallest man-made structure - centuries after the construction of Egypt's ancient Great Pyramid of Giza held the title with its 481ft.

Paris's Eiffel Tower took over from the Pyramid, at a height of 1,023ft, including the flag pole.

If independently confirmed, the Burj Dubai will take over as No 1 from the Taipei 101 in Taiwan, which has dominated the world's skyline at 1,667ft since 2004.
The Burj's final height is a closely guarded secret. It is expected to be finished by the end of 2008.

Independent (UK)