Asia is home to the world's tallest natural structure (Mount Everest, Nepal), as well as the world's tallest man-made structure, the Burj Khalifa in Dubai, above. The Burj Khalifa, named after the president of the United Arab Emirates (Sheikh Khalifa), soars nearly 830 meters (2,723 feet), with 160 floors.

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    On January 4, 2010, the Burj Khalifa, in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, opened. As of November 2014, the Burj Khalifa is the tallest building in the world, at 829.8 meters (2,723 feet).
     
    The Burj Khalifa, which simply means the “Khalifa Tower,” is named after Khalifa bin Zayed al-Nahyan, president of the United Arab Emirates. The tower is part of a national effort by Dubai to support a strong tourist economy. The Burj Khalifa is part of a mixed-use community, including shopping centers, parks, housing, and even a large fountain.
     
    The Burj Khalifa itself is a mixed-use property. The tower includes office space, hotels, restaurants, and observation decks. 
  • Term Part of Speech Definition Encyclopedic Entry
    economy Noun

    system of production, distribution, and consumption of goods and services.

    mixed-use community Noun

    development of an area for more than one purpose, such as housing (residential) and shopping (retail).

    national Adjective

    having to do with the government or people of a country.

    observation deck Noun

    elevated sightseeing platform.

    park Noun

    area of land set aside for recreational use.

    property Noun

    goods or materials (including land) owned by someone.

    tourist Noun

    person who travels for pleasure.