Described as both a ‘Vertical City’ and ‘A Living Wonder,’ .Burj Khalifa, developed by Dubai-based Emaar Properties PJSC, is the world’s tallest building. Rising gracefully from the desert, Burj Khalifa honors the city with its extraordinary union of art, engineering and meticulous craftsmanship. The tower became the world’s tallest man-made structure just 1,325 days after excavation work started in January 2004.

At 828 meters (2,716.5 ft), the 200-storey Burj Khalifa has over 160 habitable stories, the most of any building in the world. The tower was inaugurated on January 4, 2010, to coincide with the fourth anniversary of the Accession Day of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum as the Ruler of Dubai.

City name Dubai
Architect(s) Adrian Smith-Chicago-based Skidmore, Owings and Merrill (SOM)
Inauguration date 04. 01. 2010
Construction time 5 years
Construction cost USD $1.5bn
Total height 828m
Weight 500,000 tons
Cables 68,000 tons
Concrete 330,000 m3
Depth below ground 50m
Height of restaurant level 122
Number of windows 0ver 24,000
Elevators 57
Elevator capacity 10 – 12 people
Elevator speed 10 meters per second
Elevator manufacturer Otis
Max. people working on tower at any one time during construction 12,000
Number of broadcasting facilities 4
Number of steps up to the top 2,909
Steel quantity used for construction 39,000 tons
Length of antenna 220m
Weight of antenna 3,500 tons
Sway of antenna from core 1.9m
Unique features of the tower 360 degree view
Highest outdoor observation deck with an outdoor terrace
High powered multi-media telescopes
Unique and interactive multimedia exhibits
  1. At 828 meters (2,716.5 feet) tall, Burj Khalifa is 3 times as tall as Eiffel Tower and twice as tall as the Empire State Building.
  2. Burj Khalifa holds the world Records on: 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.
  3. It is said that the weight of concrete used to build the skyscraper is equivalent to 100,000 elephants and the steel used to construct the frame is equal to that of 5 Airbus 380 aircrafts.
  4. The building design takes after the Greek flower, Hymenocallis. The name is translated as Beautiful Membrane in Greek.
  5. The building was constructed by a South Korean Company called South Korean company, Samsung Engineering and Construction.
  6. Burj Khalifa was built at a cost of $1.5 billion, It is supplied with about 250,000 gallons of water daily, and its electricity needs can go up to 360,000 100-watt bulbs burning at once.
  7. During the peak of construction, atleast 12,000 workers worked on the construction site per day.
  8. The tip of the sphere of Burj Khalifa can be seen from 95 kilometers away.
  9. The tower was to be called Burj Dubai but this was changed at the last minute to honor Sheik Khalifa bin Zayed al Nahyan, the ruler of Abu Dhabi for bailing out Dubai’s bankrupt sovereign wealth fund with a $10 billion in 2009.
  10. Burj Khalifa has 54 elevators which have a speed of up to 40 miles per hour.
  1. Burj Khalifa originally known as Burj Dubai and was renamed to Burj Khalifa in honor of UAE president ‘Khalifa Bin Zayed Al Nahyan’.
  2. There are 900 apartments in Burj Khalifa.
  3. It took nearly 6 years (2004-2009) to fully construct and officially open Burj Khalifa.
  4. Cost of project: $1.5 billon.
  5. There are 162 floors and 309,473 m sq covered in Burj Khalifa building.
  6. Burj Khalifa has 37 office floors.
  7. Office space pricing at Burj Khalifa is about $3000 to $5000 per square feet.
  8. It has 11 hectares park area.
  9. There are 6 mind blowing water features.
  10. Burj Khalifa has 3000 underground parking spaces.
  11. It has 4-storey fitness and recreation annex.
  12. Burj Khalifa has world’s second highest outdoor observation deck on 124 level at 452 m.
  13. There is a dining restaurant at 122 level at 442 m height.
  14. World’s second highest swimming pool at 76 level.
  15. It has 144 Armani private residences.
  16. Burj Khalifa can accommodate 35,000 people at a time.
  17. It has 2909 stairs from ground floor to 160 level.
  18. Burj Khalifa holds the record of 504 metres longest travel distance elevator in the world.
  19. Daily supply of water at Burj Khalifa is about 946,000 litres through 100 km of pipes.

Burj Khalifa is Dubai’s pride. It signifies how far the desert country has come in short 50-years. If you are ever in Dubai, your first point of interest should be the towering tower. From its observation deck, you can see the rest of Dubai…you just need a good pair of binoculars.


World Records Holds by ‘Burj Khalifa’

Burj Khalifa is the tallest skyscraper in any of the man made structural body in the world and not only holds world’s tallest building record but also holds other tallest and highest world records pointed bellow.

  • Tallest building in the world since 2010.
  • Tallest free-standing structure in the world.
  •  Highest number of stories in the world.
  • Highest occupied floor in the world.
  • Second highest outdoor observation deck in the world.
  • Elevator with longest travel distance in the world.
  • Tallest elevator in the world.


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