The world’s tallest skyscraper a white elephant?

At a certain point, long ago reached, very tall towers are no longer economical, even if they are technically possible.  So I am not surprised:

World’s tallest tower in UAE closes

The world’s tallest skyscraper in Dubai has unexpectedly closed to the public a month after its lavish opening, the tower’s owner said.

The Burj Khalifa [known as the Burj Dubai during construction]was closed due to “unexpected high traffic,” and “technical issues with the power supply”, Emaar Properties said on Monday.

By the numbers:

828m – height
57 – number of lifts
169 – number of floors
1,044 – number of apartments
31,400 – tonnes of steel used
330,000 – cubic metres of concrete used
$1.5bn – estimated cost
95 km – the distance it can be seen from
10C – cooler at the top than the bottom
158 – floor where “highest” mosque is planned
76 – floor of “highest” swimming pool
12,000 – number of labourers who toiled
$5 – daily wage of a labourer

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The world’s tallest skyscraper a white elephant?

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