dubai: burj khalifa opening

no, this ain't no newly discovered deep sea creature. it's a spectacular shot of the equally spectacular fireworks-infused opening ceremony earlier this week of the burj khalifa, the planet's tallest building. formerly known as burj dubai, it stands 828 meters [2,717 ft.] tall and took more than 5 years to complete at a whopping cost of usd 1.5 billion. the giant structure accomodates prime office space, luxury apartments and a plush 160-room armani hotel + spa. location: sheik zayed road [downtown].