It is a reflection of the United Arab Emirates’ status as a significant entity on the world financial stage and, perhaps, as the most westernized nation in the Persian Gulf region that it now boasts the highest building by far in the world. Dubai’s Burj Khalifa, a soaring spire of glass and steel, was dedicated last January in a spectacular celebration of lasers and fireworks that sent flashes of color far out into the sandy desert bordering the UAE’s largest city. The true height of the ...

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