Calls for Burj Khalifa to be reduced to more photo-friendly height
The news comes just days after a Japanese tourist to the city reportedly failed to squeeze the whole of the building, the world’s tallest tower at 828 metres, into one photo.
“I even tried taking one lying on the floor,” said a tearful Nakatomi Plaza, 32, shortly after his ordeal. “I guess I should have used a wide-angle lens, or perhaps moved further away.”
Plaza’s story prompted several other visitors to come forward with similar accounts, a move that saw the World Tourism Organisation yesterday make an official request to reduce the tower’s height.
“Unfortunately, while almost every holidaymaker with a digital camera believes themselves to be the world’s greatest as-yet-undiscovered photographer, most don’t possess the skills required to take on the Burj Khalifa from a short distance,” said the organisation’s secretary general, Taleb Rifai, in a statement.
“Due to the tower’s overwhelming popularity as a photographic destination, we’re calling on Dubai authorities to make the necessary changes to ensure Mr Plaza’s story is not repeated. Just a couple of floors should be enough.”