The world’s tallest man-made structure is finally open for business. The Burj Dubai skyscraper stands at 2,717 feet tall in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. Having followed its construction cycle, it’s time to finally celebrate its completion with the most intricate fireworks display. Also make sure to peek after the break to see a beautiful time lapse of the Dubai skyline.
As we inch closer to the official grand opening of the largest skyscraper in the world, the Burj Dubai, I share with you a 2.3 gigapixel photo of the massive 2,684 foot tall structure. Well technically the image you see above is just the antenna that sticks out at the very top tip of the structure. (But what detail!) The image file is so large it would “break the Internet” if it were to be sent through the pipes. In fact, if this image was printed out at 150 pixels per inch, it would be over 37 feet high! Because of this, photographer Gerald Donovan has created a video “tour” of the photograph where he zooms in and out of detail:
The Burj Dubai opens January 4, 2010.
The Burj Dubai, the world’s tallest building and most brilliant architectural feat, still stands tall after getting hit by severe lightning strikes every now and then. Check out some more images below and look after the break for some lightning striking the building in real time and in slo-mo.
The Dubai Fountain, designed by WET Design.
It’s “illuminated by 6,600 lights and 50 colored projectors; 900 feet long; shoots water 490 feet into the air; and is synchronized with classical and contemporary Arabic and world music. It’s located right by the Burj Dubai, the world’s tallest building. Oh, and it cost $217 million to build.
Here’s a cool comparison in building sizes for you. The Burj Dubai, which is located in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, is the world’s tallest building standing at 2,684 feet. In comparison, the Empire State Building is 1,250 feet tall. Check out the chart in the gallery below to see some more interesting comparisons with other world landmarks.