Official height -- and new name -- revealed for Dubai tower
We finally know just how tall the tallest building in the world is. We've also learned that it's got a new name.
As part of festivities today marking the opening of what had until now been known as the Burj Dubai -- Arabic for "Dubai Tower" -- officials announced that the skyscraper reaches a full 828 meters, or 2,717 feet, into the sky.
That's nearly 1,000 feet taller than the second-highest man-made structure on the planet, Toronto's CN Tower. The Dubai tower's developer, Emaar Properties, had up till now kept the number secret, partially to build up some mystery around its debut.
Dubai officials also announced that in something of a surprise they'd decided to rename the skyscraper the Burj Khalifa, in honor of Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan,
-- Christopher Hawthorne
Photo: The Burj Dubai during festivities to mark its opening. Photo credit: Martin Rose/Getty Images