The Burj Khalifa, which is Arabic for “Khalifa Tower” is also known as Burj Dubai is a huge skyscraper in the city Dubai, United Arab Emirates. The roof height of the Burj Khalifa is registered at 829.8 meter. This makes the Burj Khalifa the tallest building in the world and also the tallest structure in the world.
The Construction of the Burj Khalifa or “Khalifa Tower” began back in year 2004. The exterior was completed “just” 5 years later in the year 2009. As usually the primary structure is reinforced concrete. The Tower is part of a huge new development which is called Downtown Dubai. It is the center of this mixed use and large scale development. The government decided back before 2004 to diversify from an oil-based economy. Also for Dubai to gain international recognition.
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- Inside the supertall skyscraper
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The name Burj Khalifa
The name of the Burj Khalifa is chosen in honor of the ruler of Abu Dhabi and president of the United Arab Emirates, Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan; Abu Dhabi and also the UAE government lent Dubai money to pay of its debts. The tower set and also broke a huge number of height records. This includes its designation as the tallest tower in the world.
The tower Burj Khalifa was designed by the architect Adrian Smith and also Skidmore, Owings & Merrill (SOM). The company also designed the Willis Tower and also the One World Trade Center in New York (Manhattan). The Company Hyder Consulting was chosen to supervise the engineering and with NORR Group Consultants International Limited chosen to supervise the architecture of the skyscraper.
The design of the Burj Khalifa is influenced by the Islamic architecture of the region, for example Great Mosque of Samarra. The Y-shaped tripartite floor geometry is designed to optimize the residential and also the space for the hotel.
The central core and also the side wings are supporting the massive height of the building. The structure recieved a lot of awards. This is mirrored by the gerneral positive reception. However, the labour issues during construction were controversial, since the building was built primarily by migrant workers from South Asia with several allegations of mistreatment. In the United Arab Emirates the poor working conditions are common and are a result of the low wages in construction trade in this country.
Here are the promised 10 mind blowing facts about the Burj Khalifa (which is currently the tallest building in the world)
- Number 1: The huge skyscraper is over 828 meters high. That is if you live in a part of the world where you measure in feet: 2716 feet. This makes the Burj Khalifa the highest building on earth (by time of writing). In all the building has 160 floors and it is also the tallest free standing structure
- Number 2: The Burj Khalifa received tons of awards and achieved lots of records. Among them ther is the highest observation deck, the tallest elevator, the highest occupied floor, and on and on…
- Number 3: There is one fact about the material used to build the tower. The aluminum used is the same which is used to build airplanes like the A 380 (the largest commercial air craft)
- Number 4: The elevator traveling over 140 floors and traveling the longest distance and travels at 10 meters per seconds.
- Number 5: You can see the tip of the Burj Khalifa from 95 kilometers away (which is 57 miles).
- Number 6: The size of the french Eiffel Tower fits 3 times into the Burj Khalifa. You can do the same with the Empire State Building: It fits 2 times into the skyscraper.
- Number 7: The cost of building the Tower is estimated at around 1.5 bilion dollars. This makes the Burj Khalifa the most expensive building in existing.
- Number 8: The huge skyscraper is way more environmental friendly than you think. The Burj Khalifa collects 15,000,000 gallons of water each year.
- Number 9: Unfortunately it is not true that you can see the earth curvature from top of Burj Khalifa. The magic number for this is 60,000 ft or a bit more than 18 kilometers. This is higher than a typical plane is flying.
- Number 10: There is a 13th floor. But its not open for the public. Its “just” a mechanical floor.
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World Records of the Burj Khalifa
- It is the tallest building in the world
- also the tallest free-standing structure in the world
- Highest number of stories in the world
- Highest occupied floor in the world
- The highest outdoor observation deck in the world
- also its Elevator with the longest travel distance in the world
- Tallest service elevator in the world
Whats inside the Burj Khalifa – the tallest building in the world
Of course the Burj Khalifa is not just a tower where people get in an elevator to travel to the observation deck. It is much much more: Starting at the Groundfloor you find the Armani Hotel. The luxury hotel is the first hotel which is designed and also developed by the star designer Giorgio Armani. It is reflecting the pure elegance combined with the simplicity and also the sophisticated comfort which is the distinctive signature style of the designer Giorgio Armani. The designer’s long held dream was to design and create a hotel and bring his sophisticated style to life and offer his customers staying in the Armani hotel a stay with Armani experience. Down to the smallest detail in the hotel, one see and feel the Armani signature. Starting at the hospitality area in real Italian style and also the Eramosa stone floors to the zebrawood panels. Of course the furniture is bespoke and all amenities are personally designed.
At.Mosphere of the Burj Khalifa
an exclusive bar and restaurant is located at the level 122 and 442 meters high. Fine dining meets breathtaking panoramic views across downtown Dubai, the Arabic gulf and also the surroundings. The Chef Jerome Lagarde’s 20 years’ experience in acclaimed Michelin-starred restaurants guarantees fine dining with every bit as memorable as the panoramic view.
Corporate Suites of the Burj Khalifa – the tallest building in the world
At the Levels 112 – 154the Burj Khalifa houses cooperate Suites to meet and greet business partners from around the world in a welcoming environment with especially commissioned art and private meeting rooms.
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