This has been a landmark year for the world’s skyscrapers. Despite the global financial crisis, 2012 saw the unveiling of Europe’s new tallest building, the Shard in London – and by the end of the year, nearly three-quarters of the world’s 100 tallest buildings will be located in Asia and the Middle East, a dramatic shift from west to east.
With more than 160 storeys to contend with, the maintenance team at Dubai’s Burj Khalifa – the tallest building in the world – have their hands full, around the clock.
Simon Atkinson went to find out what it takes to keep the world’s tallest building running smoothly – from dealing with waste to keeping the windows clean.
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