World’s Tallest Building Now Exceeds 636 Meters

In a previous RF Report, I noted that the Burj Dubai tower had surpassed the KVLY-TV tower in North Dakota as the world’s tallest structure. The KVLY-TV tower is 628.8 meters high. Burj Dubai is now more than 636 meters high, with 160 stories, giving it the largest number of floors of any building.

“Burj Dubai is an unparalleled accomplishment in the history of mankind,” said Mohamed Ali Alabbar, chairman of Emaar Properties. “Breakthrough technology, cutting-edge innovation and creativity have been the driving forces of this tower, which will set new benchmarks in architecture, construction and engineering feats. As the referral point for all future high-rise constructions, Burj Dubai is now pushing its own record breaking standards further, with the height and design enhancements.”

He added that such projects as Burj Dubai were once-in-a-lifetime opportunities and that his company’s main objective has been to ensure that the very best engineering, architecture, and infrastructure had gone into the new building.

“In the process, we will ensure speedy execution without any compromise in quality,” he said. “We believe that a completion date of September 2009 is possible and reasonable for a project of this global magnitude and significance.”

Doug Lung

Doug Lung is one of America's foremost authorities on broadcast RF technology. As vice president of Broadcast Technology for NBCUniversal Local, H. Douglas Lung leads NBC and Telemundo-owned stations’ RF and transmission affairs, including microwave, radars, satellite uplinks, and FCC technical filings. Beginning his career in 1976 at KSCI in Los Angeles, Lung has nearly 50 years of experience in broadcast television engineering. Beginning in 1985, he led the engineering department for what was to become the Telemundo network and station group, assisting in the design, construction and installation of the company’s broadcast and cable facilities. Other projects include work on the launch of Hawaii’s first UHF TV station, the rollout and testing of the ATSC mobile-handheld standard, and software development related to the incentive auction TV spectrum repack.
A longtime columnist for TV Technology, Doug is also a regular contributor to IEEE Broadcast Technology. He is the recipient of the 2023 NAB Television Engineering Award. He also received a Tech Leadership Award from TV Tech publisher Future plc in 2021 and is a member of the IEEE Broadcast Technology Society and the Society of Broadcast Engineers.