Burj Khalifa Facts - Tallest Building in the World
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.
Burj Khalifa - Photo Gallery - Pictures of the world's tallest skyscraperClick thumbnail to view full-size
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 faÃ§ade, at a height of 512 m (1,680 ft)
Burj Khalifa Night LightsClick thumbnail to view full-size
Burj Khalifa Opening Fireworks Video - of the world's tallest skyscraper
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
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.