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BOOMING ALMATY

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Construction workers assemble a collection of metal rods that will act to support the foundation of central Asia's tallest skyscraper in Almaty, Kazakhstan, on June 3, 2006. The 40-story modern glass-and-steel office and hotel building, expected to be completed in late 2007, is to be the centerpiece of the 17-acre Esentai Park complex, which also will include three multi-story residential buildings, a fitness center, a shopping center and a theater. Dean Cox for The New York Times
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Construction workers assemble a collection of metal rods that will act to support the foundation of central Asia's tallest skyscraper in Almaty, Kazakhstan, on June 3, 2006. The 40-story modern glass-and-steel office and hotel building, expected to be completed in late 2007, is to be the centerpiece of the 17-acre Esentai Park complex, which also will include three multi-story residential buildings, a fitness center, a shopping center and a theater. Dean Cox for The New York Times