UAE celebrates Nigeria at 60 with Burj Khalifa lighting

The United Arab Emirates (UAE) has put up green-white lighting on Burj Khalifa, a 2,722 feet skyscraper situated in Dubai, to celebrate Nigeria on her 60th independence anniversary.

Photos of the building lit in the colours of Nigeria’s flag in the evening surfaced and went viral on social media on Wednesday.

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The construction of the Burj Khalifa started in 2004. Its construction was based on the government’s decision to diversify from an oil-based economy towards having the city of Dubai gain international recognition.

The skyscraper has been the tallest structure and building in the world since its topping out in 2009.

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Some records the building has broken since its completion in 2009 include the tallest structure ever built, the building with most floors (163), and the world’s longest travel distance elevators.

Others are the highest vertical concrete pumping for a building, the world’s tallest structure that includes residential space, the tallest skyscraper to top of the antenna, and the world’s highest elevator installation.

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The tower was also named the world’s highest nightclub (144th floor), the world’s highest New Year display of fireworks, and the world’s largest light and sound show staged on a single building.


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