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Date: 03/12/2008

‘Burj Dubai was designed to be 808 metres tall’

The world's tallest property, Burj Dubai's height had been under the wraps for a while. However, on Wednesday one of the architects behind the real estate property disclosed that the Burj Dubai was designed to be 808 metres tall.

Marshall Strabala, who worked as associate partner and lead designer for Chicago-based Skidmore, Owings and Merrill (SOM), said when he left the company in 2006 the skyscraper's final height was set to be 808 metres, or half a mile.

Strabala's remarks are the first time anyone involved in the project has revealed the planned height of the Burj Dubai, which developer Emaar Properties has only ever said would be "over 700 metres". SOM started planning work on the Burj Dubai in mid-2002 after winning a competition to design the tower.