Burj Dubai in the United Arab Emirates is now the world’s tallest man-made structure, after reaching a record height of 688 metres, The tower is now over 160 stories – the largest number of floors in any building across the world, its developer real estate giant Emaar Properties said in a statement.
The tower unofficially became the world’s tallest man-made structure in April, 2008 after surpassing the KVLY-TV mast (628.8 metres) in North Dakota in the United States. Though the final height of the tower has not been disclosed yet, although it is expected to reach 800m. It will be officially recognized as the world’s tallest structure only when the construction is fully completed.
The tower was designed by Chicago, Illinois-based Skidmore and is being constructed by high-rise building experts from South Korea’s Samsung Engineering & Construction, Belgium‘s Besix and United States Turner Construction.
In his first official visit to Saudi Arabia, Iran’s President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad met King Abdullah to discuss the region’s growing political and sectarian conflicts, agreeing to stand against “enemy plots” that divide the Muslim world.
Both leaders have expressed concern over sectarian tensions in Iraq, fearing they could spread through the Middle East.
According to an account of Sunday’s meeting in Riyadh by the Saudi Press Agency, “The two leaders asserted that the greatest danger threatening the Muslim nation at the present time is the attempt to spread strife between Sunni and Shia Muslims and that efforts should be exerted to stop such attempts and close ranks.”
Iran is a large Shia power in the region and Saudi Arabia a large Sunni power. The Saudis have tried in recent months to curb the growing influence of Iran, even working to cool off tensions in Lebanon, where the Iran-backed Hezbollah has faced off with the secular Lebanese government.
After returning to Tehran, Ahmadinejad said, “Plots carried out by the enemies in order to divide the world of Islam were discussed” and both men condemned those plots. He also said Iraq and Palestinian issues were discussed “comprehensively.”