When I saw the Burj Khalifa in real life I was truly stunned. The tallest skyscraper in the world defies belief. Today I learned something that also defies belief: all the poop produced there has to be removed by trucks.
What's better than a photo of Tom Cruise jumping off the Burj Khalifa during the filming of Mission Impossible 4 in Dubai? A 35-frame stop-motion video of the whole event, obviously.
Is the new world's tallest building going through some issues? While so far only the observation deck is open, it's been temporarily shut down due to "unexpected high traffic" and "electrical problems." Ruh roh!
Base jumping, one of the world's most dangerous sports, is very cool. The Burj Khalifa AKA the Burj Dubai, the world's tallest building, is also very cool. The two together? Well that's just God damn crazy.
Yes, me neither. But these guys almost did, filming this crystal clear video—much better and vertigo-inducing than the previous one, thanks to a better camera and wider lens angle—on December 31, from the tip of the Burj Dubai.
Believe it or not, this is the Burj Dubai. The very end of it, the top of its antenna tickling the sky. It's just a tiny part of this brain-imploding 2.3 gigapixel photo of the largest skyscraper in the world:
A tipster sent along this spectacular photo of the Burj Dubai, the world's tallest, most absurdly ostentatious building, getting struck by lightning. While checking for newness, I noticed something amazing: This happens all the time.
As you would expect, the world's tallest fountain is in Dubai. As you would expect, it's next to the world's tallest building. And as you would expect, it's as naff as everything else in there.
What would the Burj Dubai, the world's tallest building, look like if it was in NYC? It would look something like this. Holy shit, this thing is huge. And here's some more perspective for you:
Things in Dubai get dirty pretty fast thanks to the desert. But how the heck do you clean the 2,683-foot Burj Dubai? What about a window-cleaning SWAT team rappelling down its surface with high pressure water guns. [Thanks Gerard]
As of today, the Burj Dubai skyscraper in the Middle East stands at 650 meters, and here's a diagram found on the SkyscraperCity forums, comparing it to all the other towers. The construction has finally surpassed the current tallest man-made structure, the Warsawa radio mast in Poland, which stands at 646 meters.…
Not so long ago, our own Addy Dugdale showed us the Burj Dubai, what will be the world's tallest building of any kind when finished. Discovery Channel show "Really Big Things" got a slightly better view as the first camera crew allowed on top the building. And what can we say? It's high up there at 137 stories. And…