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April 5, 2010

Observation deck of world's tallest skyscraper Burj Khalifa reopens

     London: The observation deck of the Burj Khalifa, world's tallest skyscraper, has reopened in Dubai, two months after it was forced to close. It was shut in February after an elevator malfunction left visitors trapped more than 120 stories above the ground. The elevator got stuck between floors for 45 minutes before rescuers dropped a ladder into the shaft so those inside could crawl out. But it is still unclear what caused the elevator to fail, reports the Telegraph. The accident proved a major embarrassment for Dubai , whose rulers hoped the Burj Khalifa— which officially opened in January—would be a major tourist draw and help revive the Gulf city-state’s image as a cutting-edge Arab metropolis. At 2,717 feet (828 meters), the tapering, silvery tower ranks as not only the world's highest skyscraper, but also the tallest freestanding structure in the world. The observation deck was the only part of the tower that opened in January and it boasts a view of Dubai 's glimmering skyline, the sprawling desert and the emirate's Gulf shore.
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