“We built the high-rise for people with strong will and determination. The highest point in the world should be linked to the big names and I announce today: the opening of Burj Khalifa.” ~ Shaikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai.
Like a lot of people residing here in the U.A.E., I pass the tallest building in the world every single day to and from work. So I had to be there when it opened last night. I went with my Mom and sister. We didn’t have the courage to brave the traffic on Shaikh Zayed road, so we took Al Khail road. We were still driving when it was announced on the radio that fireworks will start in five minutes. And we were nowhere near the Burj!
We couldn’t get too close to the Burj, but from where we were, we could see the fireworks very clearly. Within minutes, we were joined by several other spectators. I saw a few of them setting up their DSLRs on the tripods (I noticed 8 out of 10 were using Nikon, mwah ha ha). Anyway, since I was camera-less (on one of those occasions where I shouldn’t be), I decided that I should just simply enjoy.
And so the fireworks started. I don’t have the right words to describe it. Instead, here are a couple of pictures from Gulf News:
It was only when we got home last night did we learn that Burj Dubai had been renamed Burj Khalifa. Mom has named it ‘Tallest’. They had put out the building’s lights before the opening, so while we were looking for that ‘spot’ to watch the fireworks, Mom kept asking, “Where is it? I don’t see the Tallest yet.”
It definitely came as a shock, but then whatever name the Burj will be known as, for me it is still an engineering marvel. If you Google ‘Burj Khalifa’ you will notice a lot of negative news about Dubai, its ruler and how this building is a sort of payment for the debts Dubai took. And most of the ‘interesting’ comments are from people who haven’t even been to Dubai.
This city is not perfect. As a matter of fact, it is far from being perfect. But for those of us who live here with our families and feel safe, we love Dubai and we respect its ruler.
This building has been all over the news these past few days. It really looks amazing, m’A! Dubai is so impressive, even with its current economic problems. I can’t wait to visit!
Its pretty awesome!
LOL@ re-naming it Burj Khalifa… I remember someone from Facebook who had a good laugh about how the Burj Arab could become Burj Khalifa with $10 bn 😉 LOL
Yesterday was a big event for everyone in the UAE, not just for the locals. Great post. I especially love the last sentence.
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Whatever Dubai’s faults and mistakes are/were, the construction and opening of this building is something they can be proud of. They really achieved a technological and design marvel and something people will now visit Dubai for.
Just read that the observation deck was designed by a Canadian company for $12.5 million! (and that’s just design!)
I agree – there’s a lot of negativity from people around this building, especially those that haven’t even BEEN to Dubai and for them all the Middle East is the same. Ignorant fools.
Have been hearing on the news for the past 2 days how our CN Tower is not the tallest anymore 😦
I must see this tower that has beat ours…
The fireworks look spectacular!
i got to know of the renaming from my bro :p and i hve been living away from all the ‘rola shola’ / happenings of the world around me :p
happy new year!
its so nice n awesome!! felling like wanna visit dubai one day..
I heard the fireworks were fabulous, and that they continued for about 30 minutes. Must have been great to witness it all right in front of you…
I can’t help but fathom about how long it would take to clean every window pane. I hope the base is stable since the building was made to flex at about 4 feet.
Simply spectacular! Nice shots! 🙂
I think Dubai has its charms… I think which can only be better appreciated if you are there 🙂
The fireworks look amazing.
The fireworks are impressive.
Smiley and HFM: Yes, they do organize really impressive fireworks 🙂
It was nice to see your posts on the day of the opening of the Burj Khalifa.
I just thought of sharing some of the pictures I took that evening before the opening ceremony and during the ceremony. (I’ve posted them on my facebook page).
Me and some of my friends were lucky to have a great view from the 30th floor of a nearby building in Burj Down Town.
Thank you for sharing the pictures, Rizny. You’ve taken some really great shots!
Thanks Nadia. I’m just trying to improve my self to get to the next level in photography.
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