Burj Dubai needs no introduction. Honored as the tallest building in the world, the final height of the tower has been hushed about. However it is rumored to top 818 meters. Also the opening date of the building has been a closely guarded secret for years. But I am here to break that secret as it is now known that Burj Dubai will open its gates on December 2, to coincide with UAE’s National Day. Though it isn’t official, the buzz is that ceremonies to mark the launch are underway. Also it is believed that the whole of this tallest tower won’t be accessible on the launch day. The Armani Hotel, which is part of the building, will welcome its first guests on the same day.
It is also reported that ‘Pride of the place in the iconic structure’s residential lobby will be held by an artwork featuring 196 bronze and brass alloy cymbals – representing the 196 countries of the world – suspended on titanium rods anchored at the bottom of two pools. Visitors to the lobby will be able to hear a distinct musical sound as the cymbals, which are plated with 18-carat gold, are struck by dripping water intended to mimic the sound of water falling on leaves’.