While Seabee combats some misconceptions about the sudden name change - for example, Abu Dhabi does not "own" the tower - I still think that the fact that Dubai's signature piece of architecture now bears the name of the ruler of the adjacent emirate speaks volumes about the current political and financial relationship between Dubai and Abu Dhabi.
In a glitzy firework-lit ceremony, the city-state's ruler Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid al-Maktoum unveiled a plaque commemorating the event and also announced that the $1.5 billion structure has a new name: the Burj Khalifa.
Named after Khalifa Bin Zayed, the president of the United Arab Emirates -- and ruler of Abu Dhabi, which recently bailed out debt-ridden Dubai to the tune of $10 billion -- the tower was officially recorded as 828 meters tall, adding 10 meters on to previous height claims.
Six years in the making, and now 319 meters higher than previous skyscraping record-holder Taipei 101, Dubai's newest edifice commands dizzying views of the ambitious building program that has transformed the emirate.
Anyway, at 2,717 feet, or over one-half mile, in height, it is the tallest structure ever built by humankind. Pretty impressive. And I got to witness its construction!