World's tallest tower re-opens to public

The 'At the Top' viewing deck of Dubai's Burj Khalifa, the world's tallest building, has reopened after being closed for maintenance for almost two months, an employee said yesterday.

The deck reopened at 1pm local time on Saturday, the employee in the tower's information office said.

Emaar Properties, which developed the tower, said in a February statement that the deck would be temporarily closed for "maintenance and upgrade."

A spokesman for Dubai Civil Defence later said that on February 6, the elevator became stuck near the 124th-floor viewing deck, trapping passengers for around 30 minutes.

The passengers were rescued unharmed, he said.

The lavish January launch of the glistening concrete, glass and steel tower, which rises 828 metres out of the desert sands, was part of Dubai's efforts to burnish an image tarnished by its crippling debt woes.