Burj Khalifa LIVE blog

The latest as it happens from the Burj Khalifa, the world's tallest tower...

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5.52pm
Okay, so we're at the Burj Dubai. Traffic wasn't too bad getting here but the crowds are already gathering.

6.09pm
Just spoken to friends who are planning parties at apartments with views of the Burj Tower. Looks like it's going to be a big night.

6.39pm
It's crazy here. People are already in the queue to get tickets for 'At The Top' when the tower opens to the public. There is also a bit of a mob forming outside the VIP area. You'd think that this was the tallest building in the world or something. More soon...

6.54pm
Get us, we're in the VIP area. Very nice indeed, lots of comfy seats and big screens with pictures of Sheikh Mohammed and Sheikh Khalifa on them, to remind us why we're all here. We've also just spotted a large Godolphin-branded hot air balloon firing up outside. Not sure why, as yet.

6.57pm
We think that we've just seen Sheikh Hamdan. On your marks, people, this could mean that things are about to start...

6.59pm
The Godolphin hot air balloon has now taken off. How exciting!

7.09pm
Six lone balloons have just been released. Your guess is as good as ours...

7.56pm
Huge fountain display, higher than normal. Wow!

7.57pm
People in parachutes are now gliding down from the top of the Burj tower...

8.13pm
Sheikh Mohammed has just announced that the Burj Dubai has been renamed the Burj Khalifa in honour of the ruler of the UAE.

8.31pm
Spontaneous applause as the Burj Khalifa's final height is revealed - 828 metres tall (we were 10 metres out with our estimate). Just waiting for the fireworks now.

8.38pm
We have literally never seen so many fireworks. Amazing!

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