Rotating Apartment Building Offers Changing View

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One of the wealthiest countries in the world is trying to outdo itself, again. A soon-to-be-built apartment skyscraper in Dubai will offer a 360 degree view to every resident. The entire building will rotate about 50 degrees each day.


Tax worries are almost non-existent in wealthy Dubai, where residents pay no income tax. And Dubai is the focus of our last word in business today. A planned skyscraper there, will offer every resident the same view.

That's because the whole thing, top to bottom, will rotate nonstop. To keep residents from getting dizzy, those 360-degree views will move at the rate of about 52 degrees per day.

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MONTAGNE: I'm Renee Montagne.


And I'm John Ydstie.

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