Associated Press

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Burj Khalifa stands 2,717 feet tall and is considered a verticalcity. The building houses offices, a hotel (designed by GiorgioArmani), retail space and luxury apartments. There are fourswimming pools and a private library within the structure as well.It's estimated that the project cost $1.5 billion.

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The project started in 2004 and was originally planned to beshorter than the final product. Plans to add floors surfaced overthe past couple years, with the final layout surpassing even theTaipei 101. In total there are 160 floors.

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As GlobeSt.com reported in December, Abu Dhabi gave itsstruggling neighbor Dubai $10 billion tohelp bail the government out of its mounting debt load.

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