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Tallest Skyscraper in the World Almost Completed, Defies Belief

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The Burj Dubai tower, the tallest skyscraper in the world, is about to be completed. To celebrate it, David Hobcote has taken a series of amazing high resolution pictures from the air which give an exact impression of the breathtaking, massive scale of this building. Inside, it looks like a set from Blade Runner or the interior of the Death Star. Updated: David Hobcote told us how he did these great photos and gave us some amazing general shots that look like a next-gen SimCity.

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I took these photos from a bell helicopter last week on a trip to see this amazing building in Dubai with my son. They were taken on a 45 degree bank over the tower on a canon 1Ds mark 3 digital camera NO GOOD FOR THOSE AFRAID OF HIGHTS !! The interior shot however is not the Burge Dubai but the Arab Emirates Towers shot from the 10th floor bar looking up to the upper floors also took the attached shot looking out from the window across the street with the reflection of the interior in the window cool.

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Here are more photos of the Arab Emirates Towers:

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[Burj Dubai Skyscraper via Dark Roasted Blend]

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@Canoehead: I agree there's no physical or financial reason why something this big couldn't be built in America, but I think this country has lost the will and ability to carry out big projects.

The US managed to put men on the moon in a decade, but it's going to probably take 2 decades for them to build the San Francisco to San Diego high speed rail they're talking about (if it ever happens).

As you say there's NIMBY and various legal hold-ups, but I also think the public doesn't have the stomach to spend their tax payer dollars on long-term infrastructure projects (if they can't see the benefits within a year they're unhappy) and corporations won't invest in anything that doesn't have a near-term payoff (partly because the way executive compensation is tied in to the quarterly or annual bottom line).