Bringing Burj Khalifa to life required a combination of visionary ideals and solid science. Built to impress, it proudly stands as the world’s tallest building. Burj Khalifa attracts, dazzles, and amazes visitors from all over the world.
Do you want to ‘touch’ the clouds? If you do, this Dubai skyscraper is the place you should mark on your map. With its grandiose and powerful stature, it’ll leave you speechless. Whether you decide to visit or just want to feel its splendour we’ve prepared a list of interesting facts about the Burj Khalifa that’ll surely amaze you! Enjoy!
The Burj Khalifa was designed by Skidmore, Owings & Merill, (SOM) an American architectural, urban planning, and engineering firm.
It’s the tallest building in the world, measuring over 828 metres (approximately 2716.5 feet).
It’s also got the highest number of storeys with 160 floors on offer in the building, used for everything from residential flats to offices, gyms, and restaurants.
It holds the record for being the world’s tallest freestanding structure, standing nearly 200m higher than the second tallest, the Tokyo Skytree.
The whole project cost of building the Burj Khalifa was 1.5 billion dollars, with the tower itself costing 1 billion dollars!
The Burj Khalifa holds world records for: ‘tallest free-standing building’, ‘highest occupied floor’, ‘highest number of stories’, ‘elevator with the longest travel distance’, and ‘tallest service elevator!’
The Burj Khalifa is twice as tall as the Empire State building.
It took five years to build the skyscraper and approximately 22 million man-hours.
Building the Burj Khalifa was a massive endeavor that, at its peak, required the assistance of approximately 12,000 workers per day.
The Burj Khalifa has the world’s highest observation deck on its 148th floor, ‘At the Top Sky’ which is 555m above ground. Brave visitors can book tickets – and be rewarded with some pretty epic skyline views.
The skyscraper is a key part of the city’s skyline, with millions of tourists flocking to the building annually to make use of its impressive observation decks.
The tip of the building can be seen from as far as 95km away on clear days.
The spire is a bit controversial, and people claim that this uninhabited space was simply used to make the building stand that much taller. Without the spire, The Burj Khalifa would lose 700-feet of its height.
The exterior of the Burj Khalifa is covered by 26,000 glass panels, all cut individually by hand, and designed to withstand the high heat of Dubai!
It takes approximately three months to clean all of its windows.
The total amount of aluminium used in the tower weighs as much as five A380 aircraft!
The total amount of concrete used in the tower weighs as much as 100,000 elephants!
It has one of the world’s longest single running lifts, which travels up 140 floors.
The building has a specially designed elevator system for controlled evacuation during emergencies.
The Burj Khalifa contains 57 elevators and 8 escalators.
Adrian Smith, the architect behind the Burj Khalifa, designed the building to resemble the Spider Lily, a regional desert flower.
The building’s art collection is enormous: There are more than 1000 pieces from some of the world’s best-known artists (with a focus on Middle Eastern artists) hanging within the property – many of them specifically commissioned for the building.
The Burj Khalifa isn’t just a tower, it’s a multi-use building that has restaurants, a hotel, residential apartments, office space, and is a tourist attraction with its observation decks! There are also health and wellness facilities, lounges, and four swimming pools!
The Burj Khalifa houses the world’s highest restaurant – At.mosphere on level 122 of the building. Guests can enjoy a menu full of luxury items like oysters and caviar as they stair out the city skyline from a height of 441-meters!
As the record holder for the world’s highest inhabitable floor, the Burj Khalifa has the sky-highest views from any home.
The Burj Khalifa was featured in the film Mission Impossible – Ghost Protocol, where Tom Cruises’ character had to climb the structure!
Laid end to end, the pieces of the Burj Khalifa would stretch over a quarter of the way around the world!
The site where the Burj Khalifa tower is built was previously used as a Military compound called ‘Central Military Command’.
Over 10,000 fireworks were shot from the Burj Khalifa to celebrate its opening in 2010!
On March 28, 2011, Alain Robert, a French rock climber known as “Spiderman” scaled the outside of the Burj Khalifa. The climb to the top of the spire took him six hours! To comply with UAE safety laws, Robert, who usually climbs in free solo style, used a rope and harness.
The same design team that designed the Burj Khalifa (SOM) also designed the Willis Tower (formerly the Sears Tower) in Chicago and the One World Trade Centre in New York City.
The skyscraper was initially named Burj Dubai. However, it was renamed Burj Khalifa to honor the Khalifa Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, the president of the United Arab Emirates.
Before 2010, the Burj Khalifa height had been kept a secret to prevent it from being surpassed by potential competitors!
You can watch the sunset twice from the Burj Khalifa, once from a lower floor, and then again from the observation deck!
The Burj Khalifa may not be the world’s tallest building for much longer! While the Burj Khalifa has enjoyed being the world’s tallest building since it premiered in 2009, it’s about to get some competition from another Dubai construction project, named the Jeddah Tower.
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