Wednesday, January 6, 2010

The world's tallest tower, 'Burj Khalifa'

The world's tallest tower, developed by Emaar Properties, was unveiled at Dubai on January 4th 2010.

The official height of the tower, unveiled as 'Burj Khalifa', was announced as 828 metres (2,716.5 ft).
Burj Khalifa is the tallest building in the world according to the three main criteria of the Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat (CTBUH). The CTBUH ranks the world’s tallest buildings based on ‘Height to Architectural Top,’ ‘Height to Highest Occupied Floor’ and ‘Height to Tip.’

At 828 metres (2,716.5ft), Burj Khalifa is 320 metres taller than Taipei 101, which at 508 metres (1,667 ft) had held the record for the world’s tallest building measured to the architectural top since 2004, the year the project was announced.

Burj Khalifa achieved the distinction of being the world's tallest structure – surpassing the KVLY-TV mast (628.8 metres; 2,063 ft) in North Dakota, USA – 1,325 days after excavation work started in January 2004.

The tower also beats the 31-year-old record of CN Tower, which at 553.33 metres (1,815.5 ft) had been the world’s tallest free-standing structure on land since 1976.

Burj Khalifa employs a record-breaking 330,000 cubic metres of concrete, 39,000 metric tonnes of steel rebar and 142,000 square metres of glass; and it took 22 million man hours to build.

Other world records for Burj Khalifa include the highest occupied floor in the world, at over 550 metres (1,800 ft); the highest outdoor observation deck in the world – At the Top on Level 124; and the tallest service elevator, which travels to a height of 504 metres (1,654 ft).

Monday, January 4, 2010

150 minutes of 3D Fantasy...

It was a never before experience for me to watch the movie Avatar on a 3D screen.

The epic is set in the year 2154 on Pandora, a fictional Earth-like moon in a distant planetary system. Humans with the help of US Marine are engaged in mining Pandora's reserves of a precious mineral, while the Na'vi—the sapient and sentient race of humanoids indigenous to the moon—resist the colonists' expansion, which threatens the continued existence of the Na'vi and the Pandoran ecosystem. The US Army sends few remotely controlled, genetically engineered human-Na'vi bodies which they call Avatars to Pandora to study them and find the reserves of precious mineral.

This movies is a treat to your eyes with the awesome 3D and Animation experience. Due to the 3D effect, I felt being one amoung the Na'vi standing with them and fighting along with them.
Though the movie goes on for 150 minutes (it is little unusal for hollywood movies), I was never bored or blinked my eyes even for a minute in between.

The way they have created the Pandora forests are just more than words can explain and the animations are superbly done that one would wish to visit such a place atleast in their dreams. (I would definitely would love to be a part of Na'vis and live at such a location)

I could have never asked for a better way to start a New Year than this movie and you should all go and experience this revolution atleast once and make sure you watch in 3D. (I surely am planning to watch it second time... ;) hehehe )

I wish I could watch this on an IMAX 3D!!!!!

Sunday, January 3, 2010

An Evening with the Arabian Sea

These are few pictures I clicked during my recent vacation back home. It was a beautiful evening on the shores of Arabian Sea watching the sun when it goes down into the sea. But it was a bit unfortunate that I could not see a full sunset that day. Got to see only a partial dusk due to clouds in the sky.
Still I managed to click few pictures down there. Have a look..... hope u will like it...