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UAE English Newspapers highlight inauguration of Burj Khalifa

posted on 06/01/2010: 2587 views



The English newspapers in UAE have given outstanding coverage to the inauguration ceremony of "Burj Khalifa", the world's tallest tower.

The Dubai-based "Gulf News" said that an awestruck audience watched as the tallest tower in the world lit up with fireworks at the launch ceremony of the Burj Khalifa.

Thousands of attendees held their hands to their mouths as the fireworks crackling above lit up Dubai's sky, and gasped every time a dramatic stunt was performed.

Many could be seen holding the backs of their necks after looking straight up continuously for half an hour.

Approximately 6,000 invitees to the ceremony watched the launch event below the tower and on massive screens erected specifically for them.

The paper added that families and individuals, young and old gathered at the Burj Khalifa Island Park, sitting on beanbags and enjoying a meal before the ceremonies started. While some arrived in suits and dresses other were seen lazing in shorts.

The latest addition to Dubai's skyline served as a backdrop for souvenir pictures for the sea of people who were watching from the park and from Dubai Mall.

The event started with the arrival of Sheikh Mohammad bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, accompanied by Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed, Foreign Minister, and other Cabinet members and dignitaries.

People quickly scrambled to their seats upon seeing the Sheikhs on the giant screen in anticipation of the event.

Following Sheikh Mohammad's arrival, heads turned to the sky as eight skydivers with parachutes in the colours of the UAE flag came down holding pictures of Sheikh Mohammad and Sheikh Khalifa.

Emiratis and expatriates could be seen wearing scarves in the colours of the UAE flag adorned with pictures of Sheikh Mohammad and Sheikh Khalifa, and some had huge stickers of Sheikh Mohammad on their shirts.

Another Dubai-based newspaper, "Khaleej Times" devoted two exclusive pages for the inaugural ceremony inside and there was also a cover story on the front page. The paper stated that Fireworks shot out from tiers of the world's tallest tower as part of the opening ceremony celebrations in which His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, renamed Burj Dubai the "Burj Khalifa".

The tower has grown on Sheikh Zayed Road from its first foundation stone in 2004 to its height of 828 metres announced on Monday night, to be an icon on the city's skyline.

The event neared a crescendo with searing blue and purple fireworks shooting off the sides of the Burj Khalifa, lighting up its entire length from base to pinnacle at 828 m and then down again.

Ahead of the show, roads in Downtown Burj Dubai and tributary roads slowed to a halt and access to the Metro stayed restricted.

Hundreds of motorists on Sheikh Zayed Road and Al Khail Road pulled off to the side or onto sandy areas to see the lights display.

An estimated 6,000 people piled through gates into a public area on Burj Park Island at 5.30pm, braving traffic and mosh-pit like atmosphere, took in the show.

Also Abu Dhabi-based "The National" newspaper also devoted special pages on the occasion of the inauguration of "Burj Khalifa. The paper said that In a glittering ceremony punctuated with skydivers and fireworks, HH Sheikh Mohammed opened the tallest building in the world and also revealed its new name.

The tallest tower in the world, its feet anchored in the UAE and its crown floating in the clouds, was inaugurated in an eruption of fireworks.

In a theatrical twist worthy of a memorable night, the skyscraper received a new name: Burj Khalifa

Sheikh Mohammed told the cheering crowds that the "Burj Khalifa" name was one that "reflected greatness". The glass-and-steel structure is now, officially, the tallest in the world, at 828 metres, and will welcome tourists from today.

The daily added that a multimedia presentation riveted thousands of spectators who gathered at the base of the tower, as well as millions who watched on television. The presentation featured 10,000 pyrotechnics devices and a show so spectacular that the tower appeared to be exploding. - Emirates News Agency, WAM

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