Burj Khalifa Dubai
The Burj Khalifa known as the Burj Dubai before its inauguration, is a mega tall skyscraper in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. With a total height of 829.8 m (2,722 ft) including the antenna and a roof height, the Burj Khalifa is currently the tallest structure in the world since topping out in late 2008. Burj Khalifa was designed by Adrian Smith, then of Skidmore, Owings & Merrill (SOM), whose firm designed the Willis Tower and One World Trade Center.
Construction of the Burj Khalifa began in 2004, with the exterior completed five years later in 2009. The building was opened in 2010 as part of a new development called Downtown Dubai. The building was originally named Burj Dubai but was renamed in honours of the ruler of Abu Dhabi and president of the United Arab Emirates, Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan.The building broke numerous height records, including its designation as the tallest tower in the world.
- The Burj Khalifa three times as tall as the Eiffel Tower and nearly twice as tall as the Empire State Building.
- Aside from holding the World Record for being the tallest building in the world, Burj Khalifa holds six other World Records: tallest freestanding structure in the world, highest number of stories in the world, highest occupied floor in the world, highest outdoor observation deck in the world, elevator with longest travel distance in the world, and tallest service elevator in the world.
- The weight of the concrete is equivalent to 100,000 elephants. The total weight of aluminum used on Burj Khalifa is equivalent to that of five A380 aircraft.
- Every year 15 million gallons of water are collected sustainably.
- It has the longest single running elevator, which is 140 floors. The elevators go 10 meters per second and are among the fastest in the world. It took us approximately only one minute to reach the observation deck on the 124th floor.
- The tip of the sphere of the Burj Khalifa can be seen up to 95 kilometers away.
- At the peak of construction, 12,000 workers worked on the building per day.
- It took more than 110,000 tons of concrete, 55,000 tons of steel rebar, and 22 million man-hours to complete the Burj Khalifa.
- The Dubai Fountain
- Observation deck
- Burj Khalifa park