Listen to the following piece of news and fill in the gaps below as a comment. You may have to listen more than once.
The world's tallest building __________________ Dubai on January the 4th. The height of the 828-metre Burj Khalifa was __________________ the opening ceremony. It is twice the height of New York’s Empire State Building. Another big surprise at the opening __________________ the tower. The building had always been called Burj Dubai. However, Dubai’s ruler announced it would now be called Burj Khalifa __________________ Abu Dhabi, Dubai’s neighbour. The oil-rich emirate of Abu Dhabi helped save Dubai ____________________ collapse. The chairman of the company that built the Burj, Mohamed Alabbar, said the building gives "hope and optimism". He added: “The world has gone through …difficult times… this is the beginning __________________ forward.”
It is likely the Burj __________________ world’s tallest building for a while to come. Since the 2008 global financial crisis, there seems to be __________________ ambitious construction projects from property developers. The Burj’s owners, however, are confident the building will be a success. More than 90 per cent __________________ been sold. It cost $22 billion to build and has broken many records. The opening celebrations included the world’s highest fireworks, which __________________ the world’s tallest fountain. The building houses the world’s highest mosque and swimming pool, __________________ 158 and 76. Burj Khalifa has 1,044 luxury apartments, 49 __________________ and the 160-room Armani hotel. Around 12,000 people will live and work in the tower.
TALL BUILDINGS DISCUSSION. Ask your partner the following questions and make him/her speak as much as possible.
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