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Friday, 17 October 2014 10:33

Burj Khalifa Opens New Observation Deck

Visitors to the Burj Khalifa in Dubai can now pay to ride to the 148th floor to get an even more elevated view of the surrounding area from the new observation deck located 1,821 feet above the ground. The recently opened observation deck set the Guinness World Record for the world’s tallest observation deck and offers views from about two thirds of the height of the buildings overall height. It beat out the Canton Tower in Guangzhou, China for the distinction.  The new area was built 24 floors higher than the buildings previous highest observation deck on the 124th floor. The existing observation deck attracted 1.9 million visitors last year who payed to take in the amazing views of Dubai and the surrounding area.

The following infograph was created by Masters students from Norwich University's Civil Engineering Department.  The top ten projects have a wide range of completion dates from as recently as 2011 and as far back as 2504 B.C.  

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  • Date occured Wednesday, 11 June 2014