Some Dubai residents are celebrities just because of their address(Read article summary)
Dubai's Burj Khalifa, the world's tallest building, officially opened in January. For building residents, the rent also buys a bit of fame.
â€˘ A local, slice-of-life story from a Monitor correspondent.
The Burj Khalifa, the worldâ€™s tallest building, stands beside the worldâ€™s largest fountain, and above the worldâ€™s largest mall. The glimmering glass-clad tower thins to a shining needlepoint at 828 meters (2,716 feet), effortlessly surpassing the jungle of Dubaiâ€™s skyscrapers.
The building, which officially opened in January, is already a world icon. Residency in one of the towerâ€™s 900 apartments centers on extravagant excess. Fast-flashing lights in the trees outside give paparazzi glamour. The lobby includes a marble table, rumored to cost $2 million. Armaniâ€™s six-star hotel is also here.
Hundreds of paying day-trippers stare as residents â€“ a constant source of intrigue â€“ walk to the private lift, a concierge carrying their purchases in tow.
â€śYou are buying a feeling of exclusivity and status at the Burj â€“ walking past the line at the mall with your pass,â€ť says one resident. â€śIt is shallow, really, but I like it.â€ť