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Here's what it's like to live at the top of the second-tallest apartment building in the world for less than $1,400 a month

INSIDER Logo By Ben Mack of INSIDER | Slide 1 of 33: 
  Dubai's Princess Tower was the 
    tallest apartment building in the world until 2015.
  With a roof height of 1,286 feet, it is taller than the roof
  of the Empire State Building.
  
  It's so tall that sometimes clouds will form below the upper
  floors.
  
  Despite its lofty height and being in Dubai, rent is
  surprisingly affordable - you can get a room in an apartment for
  $1,400 a month or less, with utilities, access to amenities like
  a pool and gym, and daily cleaning included.
  
  For more than a year, I lived near the very top of the
  building, on the 88th floor.
  
  Despite not being fabulously wealthy, it made me feel like
  royalty.
  
  
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  It's possible to live in the sky - even if you're not fabulously
  wealthy.

  One of the tallest steel trees in Dubai's glittering forest of
  skyscrapers is the Princess Tower. At 1,358 feet, it's the
  second-tallest tower that's open in Dubai, behind only the
  world's tallest building, the 2,717-foot Burj Khalifa.

  Until 2015, the Princess Tower was the tallest residential
  building in the world, but its crown was swiped by 432 Park
  Avenue in New York City.

  But unlike 432 Park Avenue - 
  where, as Katie Warren wrote in February, penthouses can cost
  many millions of dollars - rent for apartments in the
  Princess Tower are surprisingly affordable: in fact, for 5,000
  United Arab Emirates dirhams ($1,362) and under per month, they
  come in at 
  barely half the monthly median rent in New York City (which
  is now more than $2,700).

  For more than a year, I lived near the very top of the Princess
  Tower, on the 88th floor (out of 97 above ground).

  Here's what it was like to live at such a lofty height on a
  modest (read: non-six-figure) salary.

Here's what it's like to live at the top of the second-tallest apartment building in the world for less than $1,400 a month


It's possible to live in the sky - even if you're not fabulously wealthy.

One of the tallest steel trees in Dubai's glittering forest of skyscrapers is the Princess Tower. At 1,358 feet, it's the second-tallest tower that's open in Dubai, behind only the world's tallest building, the 2,717-foot Burj Khalifa.

Until 2015, the Princess Tower was the tallest residential building in the world, but its crown was swiped by 432 Park Avenue in New York City.

But unlike 432 Park Avenue - where, as Katie Warren wrote in February, penthouses can cost many millions of dollars - rent for apartments in the Princess Tower are surprisingly affordable: in fact, for 5,000 United Arab Emirates dirhams ($1,362) and under per month, they come in at barely half the monthly median rent in New York City (which is now more than $2,700).

For more than a year, I lived near the very top of the Princess Tower, on the 88th floor (out of 97 above ground).

Here's what it was like to live at such a lofty height on a modest (read: non-six-figure) salary.

© Ben Mack / Insider
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