It was in the News Today! And it brought to mind the Hadith of Prophet Muhammad (saw).
[It is narrated on the authority of Yahya b. Ya'mur...He (the enquirer) again said: Inform me about the hour (of the Doom). He (the Holy Prophet) remarked: One who is asked knows no more than the one who is inquiring (about it). He (the inquirer) said: Tell me some of its indications. He (the Holy Prophet) said: That the slave-girl will give birth to her mistress and master, that you will find barefooted, destitute goat-herds vying with one another in the construction of magnificent buildings. He (the narrator, Umar ibn al-Khattab) said: Then he (the inquirer) went on his way but I stayed with him (the Holy Prophet) for a long while. He then, said to me: Umar, do you know who this inquirer was? I replied: Allah and His Apostle knows best. He (the Holy Prophet) remarked: He was Gabriel (the angel). He came to you in order to instruct you in matters of religion. (Book #001, Hadith #0001)] Sahih Muslim
Today! The Height of The Tallest Building in the world was revealed!
Monday, 4th January 2010 00:39
The world’s tallest building has opened in Dubai as the official height was revealed – 828 metres (2717ft). Subhanallah!
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In a surprise move, the Burj Dubai was renamed Burj Khalifa by Dubai’s ruler Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid al-Maktoum.
The new name is after Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan – the president of the United Arab Emirates and the ruler of the neighbouring emirate of Abu Dhabi.
The Burj Khalifa towers over its nearest rival, the Taipei 101 in Taiwan, which rises 508m (1,667ft).
That makes it about twice the height of the Empire State Building.
At the opening ceremony, thousands of residents and tourists crowded around the base of the half-mile tall tower, which is at least 160 storeys high.
Dubai’s ruler unveiled a plaque, kicking off inaugural festivities.
They included traditional Gulf Arab dance performances and skydivers with parachutes emblazoned with the colours of the UAE flag.
The top of the building can be seen from 60 miles away and the exterior is covered in about 26,000 glass panels.
The building boasts the most storeys and highest occupied floor of any building in the world, and ranks as the world’s tallest structure, beating a television mast in North Dakota.
“We weren’t sure how high we could go,” said Bill Baker, the building’s structural engineer, who is in Dubai for the inauguration. “It was kind of an exploration … a learning experience.”
The Burj’s opening comes at a tough time for Dubai’s economy with property prices in newer parts of the sheikhdom down by nearly half over the past year.
The city-state turned to its richer neighbour Abu Dhabi for a series of bailouts in 2009 to help cover debts amassed by a network of state-linked companies.
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