The Moment

1|4|10: Dubai

There's a fine line between confidence and hubris, and it's easy to conclude that Dubai and its real estate developers crossed it when they planned the newly opened Burj Khalifa, which, at 2,717 ft. (828 m), is by far the tallest building in the world. Since the skyscraper was planned, the tiny emirate's go-go boom has stalled, and its real estate bubble popped. But there's another way to look at the Burj Khalifa--which you can do on a clear day from 60 miles (100 km) away. The building supplanted an unlovely tower in Taipei as the world's tallest. Its closest competitors...

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