"Six of the Best!"
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dramatic fireworks ceremony
pay off its debts
Listen to and read this news story from the BBC and
answer the questions.
tallest building opens in Dubai
The world's tallest
building has been opened with a dramatic fireworks ceremony in the Gulf emirate
The Burj Khalifa was revealed to be
828m (2,716ft) high, far taller than the previous record holder, Taipei 101.
Known as the Burj Dubai during
construction, the tower has been renamed after the leader of Dubai's oil-rich
neighbour, Abu Dhabi.
Last month, Abu Dhabi gave Dubai a
$10bn (£6.13bn) bail-out to help it pay off its debts.
of the Burj Dubai began in 2004, at the height of an economic boom.
Clad in 28,000 glass panels, the tower
has 160 floors and more than 500,000 sq m of space for offices and flats.
The tower also lays claim to the
highest occupied floor, the tallest service lift, and the world's highest
observation deck - on the 124th floor.
The world's highest mosque and swimming
pool will meanwhile be located on the 158th and 76th floors.
The opening ceremony, held 1,325 days
after excavation work started, was attended by some 6,000 guests.
Burj Khalifa tower is 2,716m high.
b) Building work started in 2004.
You can swim in the world's highest swimming pool if you can afford it!
Q2) Which is NOT the highest in the world?
a) Burj Khalifa's swimming pool
b) The Burj Khalifa tower
c) The Eiffel Tower's observation deck
d) Burj Khalifa's service lift
e) The observation deck of the Burj Khalifa
Q3) Find expressions from the 'Six of the Best'
section which mean...
a) give back the money it owes
b) a time when companies are successful
c) a place, usually high up, where you can see everything
d) the person or thing which is the highest, smallest, largest,
e) an exciting event with explosions
f) the official start of something