A beautiful shot of the world’s tallest tower.
During a chat session yesterday morning with my friend, Wei, I learned that the Burj Dubai Skyscraper would be officially opening to the public later in the day. I hadn’t been keeping up with the structure as much since it topped out, so this was news to me and I almost immediately shared it on my blog.
Little did I know that my blog, which I recently moved to self-hosted, was already being swamped with traffic related to the skyscraper. My previous entries about it had apparently been indexed quite well by search engines, so I had accumulated around 3,000 hits by lunch time. Considering that my site normally gets less than 500 hits per day, this was most unexpected.
Upon reaching 6,000 hits around mid-afternoon, my site went down and was replaced with a “This site has been suspended” message. I quickly contacted support and found out that the unexpected spike in traffic was wreaking havoc on my web host’s servers and they shut the site down in response. Not only that, but they had decided to close my account for good and refund my money. Bummer.
So, I spent all evening transferring my blog and images back to WordPress.com. Although I loved the freedom of self-hosting, I never dreamed that a sudden increase in traffic would result in my site being shut down – especially when I was far below the bandwidth usage that I had purchased. Since I never had that kind of problem on WordPress.com, it just seemed to make sense to come back.
Although my site was inaccessible most of the night because of domain changes, my blog has already been visited over 5,000 times this morning without a hiccup. Gotta love WordPress!
Although construction still continues on interior floors, the Burj skyscraper in Dubai officially opens it doors to the public today. The event will be marked by a dazzling fireworks and laser display after dark.
At 168 stories, it is the world’s tallest building and has broken countless records since construction began in late 2004, becoming the world’s tallest freestanding structure with the highest occupied floor, highest outdoor observation deck, and longest-traveling elevator.
UPDATE: Apparently this tower has just been renamed “Burj Khalifa” by the ruler of Dubai. Strange. The official height was announced as 828 meters.
UPDATE #2: I’ve added a couple of pictures. One is a graphic that details the tower’s infrastructure. The last is from today’s firework display.
Workers just finished installation of over 24,000 pieces of glass and aluminum panels on the exterior of the Burj Dubai, setting another record on a tower that has already shattered several other construction-related records. The cladding required 14 tons of nuts and bolts, and over 48,000 gallons of silicone.
How would you like to have this job? Click the thumbnails to see some of the bravest souls on earth.