What is now the worlds’ tallest building debuted on January 4th. The Gotham like structure was re-named the Burj Khalifa (called the Burj Dubai until the opening day) to honor the ruler of their neighboring emirate, Abu Dhabi. It was either the most expensive naming rights deal ever or just a nice way to say thank you to Sheik Khalifa for loaning Dubai 20 billion dollars!
Standing at 2717 feet with 160 floors, it is twice the size of the Empire State Building. The opening was complete with a lavish light show, fireworks and a base jumper who parachuted off the top floor. The Chicago based architectural firm of Skidmore Owings and Merrill were the lead architects with Adrian Smith (John Hancock Building) as the designer. Thousands of people attended the opening but Fredrik Brodén was fortunate to secure a great location to capture these amazing images.
To see more images from Dubai, check out the Arabian Collection in the image Library.