The official opening in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, of the world's tallest building, Burj Dubai, comes as the city struggles to work through a debt crisis and a real estate downturn. Unlike many big projects, the property, more than 160 stories tall, will not flood the market with vacant units. The developer, government-backed Emaar Properties, sold about 90% of the units at prices that largely held up, even as the value of real estate plummeted as much as 50% elsewhere in Dubai.

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