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Burj Khalifa Facts - Tallest Building in the World

Updated on December 30, 2010

Burj Khalifa - The Tallest Building in the World

Burj Khalifa (Arabic: "Khalifa Tower"), formerly known as The Burj Dubai, is a skyscraper in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, and is the tallest man-made structure ever built, at 828 m (2,717 ft).

Construction began on 21 September 2004, with the exterior of the structure completed on 1 October 2009 and the building officially opened on 4 January 2010.

Burj Khalifa consists of the luxurious Armani Hotel, high-class residential apartments (residences), four magnificent pools, high-tech office space, an exclusive residents' lounge and an elite cigar club, not to mention state-of-the-art fitness amenities for its residents and an observatory.

Below you will find some of the most fascinating Burj Khalifa Facts that will surely blow your mind away! If that's not enough, immerse yourself in the splendid images of Burj Khalifa at nighttime and during the day. Most of these pictures were taken by Imre Solt.

Disclaimer: All images found on this page were obtained from BurjDubaiSkyscraper.com and ImreSolt.com unless otherwise noted and credited.

Burj Khalifa - Photo Gallery - Pictures of the world's tallest skyscraper

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Burj Khalifa Night Photo
Burj Khalifa Comparison to Other Tallest Buildings
Burj Khalifa Comparison to Other Tallest Buildings
Burj Khalifa Facts
Burj Khalifa Facts
Burj Khalifa Fireworks
Burj Khalifa Fireworks
Burj Khalifa Night Lights
Burj Khalifa Night Lights
Burj Khalifa Lights
Burj Khalifa Lights
Burj Khalifa Day Picture
Burj Khalifa Day Picture
Burj Khalifa
Burj Khalifa
Sight / View from Top of Burj Khalifa
Sight / View from Top of Burj Khalifa
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Burj Khalifa Facts
Twilight View From Burj Khalifa
Twilight View From Burj Khalifa

Record Breaking Burj Khalifa Facts

The World's Tallest Skyscraper

  • The highest residential floor is on the 109th floor with the observation deck at the 124th floor.

  • The world's tallest skyscraper uses double-decker elevators to present a futuristic look

  • The first world's tallest structure in history to include residential space

  • Highest outdoor observation deck in the world

  • World's highest mosque (located on the 158th floor)

  • World's highest swimming pool (76th floor)

  • World's highest elevator installation

  • Building with most floors: 160 (previously both 1 and 2 World Trade Center - 110)

  • Burj Khalifa has 160 habitable floors versus the Taipei 101 which has 101 habitable floors.

  • It has a floor area of 334,000 m2 (3,595,100 sq ft) while the Taipei 101 has a floor area of 412,500 m2 (4,440,100 sq ft)
  • Artistically designed to withstand Dubai's towering temperatures in the hot summers, the exterior fascia contains 22,000 cladding panels made of a reflective glazing, engrained with numerous stainless steel tubular upright fins and aluminum and textured stainless steel spandrel panels

  • At 828m, Burj Khalifa the world's tallest building is taller than the Sugar Loaf Mountain in Rio de Janerio (396m) and the Victoria Peak Mountain in Hong Kong (552m)

  • The antenna height of Burj Khaliafa is 828m (2717ft) and it cost $1.5 billion to build

  • Interestingly, the next tallest building is the world, the Taipei 101, with an antenna height of just 509.2m (1670.6ft) cost $1.76 billion.

  • Tallest skyscraper to top of spire: 828 m (2,717 ft) (previously Taipei 101 - 509.2 m (1,671 ft))

  • Tallest structure ever built: 828 m (2,717 ft) (previously Warsaw radio mast - 646.38 m (2,121 ft))

  • Tallest extant structure: 828 m (2,717 ft) (previously KVLY-TV mast - 628.8 m (2,063 ft))

  • Tallest freestanding structure: 828 m (2,717 ft) (previously CN Tower - 553.3 m (1,815 ft))

  • World's fastest elevators at speed of 64 km/h (40 mph) or 18 m/s (59 ft/s) (previously Taipei 101 - 16.83 m/s)

  • Highest vertical concrete pumping (for a building): 606 m (1,988 ft) (previously Taipei 101 - 449.2 m (1,474 ft))

  • Highest vertical concrete pumping (for any construction): 606 m (1,988 ft) (previously Riva del Garda Hydroelectric Power Plant - 532 m (1,745 ft))

  • World's highest installation of an aluminium and glass façade, at a height of 512 m (1,680 ft)

Burj Khalifa Night Lights

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Burj Khalifa Lights
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Burj Dubai Lights
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Burj Khalifa Night Lights
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Burj Khalifa Facts
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Burj Khalifa Facts and Lights
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Burj Khalifa Lights Picture
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Burj Khalifa Lights Photo
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Burj Khalifa Lights Picture
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Burj Khalifa Facts Picture
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Burj Khalifa Facts

Burj Khalifa Opening Fireworks Video - of the world's tallest skyscraper

Armani Hotel At The Burj Khalifa
Armani Hotel At The Burj Khalifa

The Armani Hotel At The Burj Khalifa

Some more Burj Khalifa Facts

The opening of the Armani Hotel in Dubai will be followed by Armani Hotel Milano as the group has plans to open at least ten hotels and resorts in next ten years.

Other developments underway include a resort in Marrakech, Morocco and Residence villas in Marassi, Egypt.

Armani has plans to build hotels, resorts and residences in key international destinations such as New York, Tokyo,Shanghai and London under an agreement between Giorgio Armani S.p.A. and Emaar Properties.

Giorgio Armani Group is one of the leading fashion and luxury goods groups in the world and designs, manufactures, distributes and retails fashion and lifestyle products including apparel, accessories, eyewear, watches, jewellery, home furnishings, fragrances and cosmetics.

"The Burj Dubai opening would have a positive impact on the first three quarters of 2010," said Chairman Emaar Properties, Mohamed Alabbar, who held a media briefing for the opening of the skyscraper.

Lightning Strikes the Tallest Building in the World

Lightning Strikes Burk Khalifa
Lightning Strikes Burk Khalifa

On January 11, 2010, just one week after its grand opening, Burj Khalifa was hit with a rare rainstorm in Dubai. It's massive height reached the clouds and the huge chuck of metal 2000+ feet above the ground attracted much of the lightning in that area.

Of course, with a construction cost of upwards of $1.5 billion, the engineers no doubt had the best kind of grounding material installed and no damage was done. Nevertheless, it was an excellent opportunity for photographers to grab their cameras and shoot away.

The following pictures of lightning striking Burj Khalifa were taken by Alisdair Miller.

Burj Khalifa Struck by Lightning - Photos

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Burj Khalifa Lightning Photo
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Burj Khalifa Lightning Pictures
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Burj Khalifa Struck By Lightning
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Burj Khalifa Lightning Photos
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Burj Khalifa Struck Lightning
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Burj Khalifa Sight from top at night
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Night View from Top of Burj Khalifa
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Burj Khalifa beautiful view
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Burj Khalifa lightning hit

Burj Khalifa Comments

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      Sara Team 

      3 years ago

      Amazing i would love to be once in the top with my team from SaraTours or even with my family it is a nice construction. :-)

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      greeshma 

      3 years ago

      it is a great construction ,it means a lot to dubai .

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      Traveller579 

      5 years ago

      Amazing post burg khalifa, Informative lenses.:)

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      Ronald Tucker 

      5 years ago from Louisville, Kentucky

      Burj Khalifa is such a beautifully constructed building that it has garnered the attention of Mother Nature, who incidentally was just passing by!

      Very interesting lens filled with facts and figures of one of the worlds grand skyscrapers.

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      anonymous 

      6 years ago

      ya allah

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      anonymous 

      6 years ago

      tacky, just like everything else there.

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      anonymous 

      6 years ago

      may I share all the photo here to Facebook?

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      anonymous 

      6 years ago

      fantastic photo

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      ibakir 

      6 years ago

      wooooow amazing information about it :)))) i like the pictures tho, and how i couldn't find in Google!

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      iPadGeek 

      6 years ago

      Quite crazy! Saw it in MI4 and was really quite stunning!

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      robertsugar lm 

      6 years ago

      The lightning photos are simply amazing!

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      Hemant 

      6 years ago from Dubai

      Burj Khalifa is the tallest building in the world.View from the 125th floor is great.

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      duaraman 

      6 years ago

      Wowwwwww!! its awesome............

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      anonymous 

      7 years ago

      why didn't the burj khalifa destroy when the strom came

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      poutine 

      7 years ago

      Wow! Impressive photos of the lightning.

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      anonymous 

      8 years ago

      You should either give a link to burjdubaiskyscraper.com or remove the photos. I applies to the hubpage site as well.

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      lasertek lm 

      8 years ago

      Nice! This is the first time I have seen much of Burj Khalifa. The pictures you have added on this lens are wonderful and unique. I especially like the Burj Khalifa Night Lights. Hope you could add up more information about the tallest building in the world. 5*

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