Skyscraper now world’s tallest

Burj Dubai, a skyscraper under construction in the oil-rich United Arab Emirates, has reached 2,066 feet to become the world’s tallest man-made structure, the Al-Ittihad newspaper said on Tuesday.

Mohammed Ali Alabbar, chairman of state-owned development company Emaar — one of the builders of the tower — was quoted by the paper as saying the building is now higher than the 2,063-foot television transmission mast in North Dakota. The mast had held the title of highest structure for 45 years.

Alabbar said the $1 billion tower, designed by the U.S.-based Scidmore, Owings and Merill, already has 160 floors. The planned final height of the building has been kept secret.

When completed, the skyscraper in the heart of Dubai will feature 56 elevators, luxury apartments, boutiques, swimming pools, spas, exclusive corporate suites, a hotel, and an observation platform.

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