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Dubai: Reaching for the sky

World famous architects are vying for the mantle of world's tallest building

SOM Architects', Burj Dubai is the tallest building in the world at over 160 storeys and more than 707m. The tower is due to complete in 2009. True to Dubai’s penchant for one-upmanship, the building wasn’t even topped out when its successor as tallest building was announced in October. Not much is known about Nakheel Harbour and Tower, except that the Wood Bagot-designed structure will be 1km high and sit within a 270ha masterplan, also by Woods Bagot.

Trump Towers, however, has reached an impasse. News broke in early December that construction has been suspended on Trump International Hotel and Tower, two 50 and 61-storey towers for Palm Jumeirah due to complete in 2011. The towers are 26m apart at the furthest point and meet at the 40th floor.

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