With new year celebration being still in the air, The United Arab Emirates govt finally inaugurated the tallest building in the world that stands more than 800 metres high! The tallest man-made structure that costs around US$ 1.8 billion (for comparison, the future Sunda-strait bridge that will connect Sumatra with Java in Indonesia will ‘only’ cost US$ 1 billion) surpasses the former tallest building in the world: Taiwan’s T’aipei 101 by a margin of more than 300 metres! It means that if we stack the T’aipei 101 and the BNI Tower together (BNI Tower is the tallest building in Indonesia) they will still be towered over by the Dubai’s burj! But it seems the highrise race is not over yet! Mankind always wants to beat their own previous achievements. The next crazy project will be Mubarak Tower (its full designation is “Mubarak al-Kabir” Tower) in Kuwait. This tower is planned to hit the kilometre mark! Will they manage to erect it? Let’s wait and see because the project will top off in 2016.
Now, what about Jakarta Tower? Do they still have enthusiasm to build it? This tower was first proposed in the New Order era to show the world that this is the tallest building in the world. The proposed height is only 558 metres. However, considering that the Burj Dubai has topped off first, is it still worth finishing it?? Or is it just a waste of time and money?? Worthless? Wait a minute! Though it won’t get entitled to the world’s tallest building in the world, we can entertain ourselves by designating a title as other desperate titles such as : the tallest building in Southeast Asia, the tallest building in the southern hemisphere and so on. Or the best of all, we will be happy to see that we have a superior building in height to Malaysia’s Petronas Twin Towers!
I watched the news yesterday informing that Burj Dubai has been redesignated as “Burj Khalifa“.