Dubai is not just a city but a dreamland. No wonder that the city has managed to be the most renowned city of UAE given its magnificent skyline and remarkably welcoming essence. But, if we have to specify something which adds most to the allure and grace of this bewitching land is the world-famous emblematic silhouette of Dubai, the Burj Khalifa. The domicile which is acclaimed as the tallest construction of the world is a blue-eyed chap of the world and this craze among the masses about the mighty tallest building in Dubai is ever-growing.
The Burj Dubai is as intriguing to know about as it is amusing to watch. If you want to explore more about the facts of this imposing structure then here is some help:
The root idea of Burj Khalifa
The leader of Dubai, Sheikh Mohammad Bin Rashid Al Maktoum envisioned something exceptionally eclectic in Dubai that could upscale the already robust skyline of Dubai. He wanted to gift Dubai tourism “Burj Khalifa” an element that could exponentially elevate the craze for Dubai in the world’s eyes. The vision was easy but not the implementation as it was a critical job to mold this idea into a paper plan version.
An out-of-the-box approach and streamlined efforts were required to shape this dream of Dubai’s ruler into a physical reality. Not just ideation but architectural and technical dexterity was must be injected into the action plan of erecting a structure that could leave the world gawking with its magnetism. After scrutinizing a plethora of designs and architectures, a design by the Chicago Office of Skidmore, OWINGS & Merrill LLP (SOM) and was penned down.
Adrian Smith was the chief architect and Bill Baker was the chief structural engineer. Samsung C&T was a primary contractor from South Korea. The design went through rounds of reviews to ensure every type of safety, sustainability, and appeal. The design was settled down to allow maximum sunlight in the building.
The journey of Burj Khalifa, the tallest building in Dubai came to a constructive stage on 6 January 2004 and it took almost 5 years for the exterior to be completed on 1 October 2009 and further, it got officially inaugurated on 4th January 2010. Over 380 technicians and engineers were employed in the construction of this skyscraper.
What it has?
Burj Khalifa Dubai is generally known as a tower but if we have to give it a specific category then it’s not possible to do so as the building is not just the tallest but hugely multi-platformed. It has 304 hotels from different ranges of costs with each boasting about the grandeur of this building in them as well. It has 900 apartments owing which can be quite an expensive affair.
The richest of persons across the world dream to have an apartment here. It has 27 acres of the park having so many Hymenocallis flowers which is what the design of this building is based on. The building is used for base jumping as well and many professional base jumpers tried their skills on this silhouette. The building is home to many bars, restaurants, spas, suites, brand stores, and many more featuring. Just entering the Burj Khalifa effuses a feeling of being in a paradisiacal world.
Records to its name
Burj Khalifa is not famous just because of its intricately smart design and magnetic outlook but also for a series of records it got benchmarked to its name. Here is a list of ceilings under its name:
- It is the tallest existing structure in the world with a height of 829.8 m, which is nearly 200 m more than the previous record holder.
- It is not just the tallest existing structure but also the tallest building ever built in human history.
- It is the building that stacks maximum floors in the whole world with 163 floors.
- It has the longest elevator distance and also the highest elevator installation in any building across the world.
- Under residential buildings, again it holds the record of being the tallest.
- The building has a nightclub on the 144th floor and a restaurant on the 122nd floor which themselves are a record of the highest nightclub and restaurant.
- The largest light and sound show projected is on Burj Khalifa only and also the highest fireworks on New Year are presented here.
- The highest installation of glass and aluminum façade is also marked by this building.
- It took a record time of just 1093 days to build 100 stories of the building.
Interesting Facts about Burj Khalifa
Burj Khalifa Dubai is the epitome of the human tendency to fathom and implement magnificence into reality. It redefines the determination of humans to keep surpassing the best for better and working for an exemplary creation. This building is an establishment with so many records to its name but it is also not short of fun and interesting facts about it. From the day of its ideological inception to the physical inauguration, this skyscraper keeps ditching ordinary. Enjoy some of the lesser-known facts about this neck-bending structure.
- It took a huge 1.5 billion dollars to complete this building.
- Up to 2010, the height of this cloud-piercing building was kept a secret to prevent it from getting defeated by anyone.
- Khalifa Dubai was Burj Dubai until it got renamed in the honor of the UAE President, Khalifa Bin Zayed Al Nahyan.
- Alain Robert, a renowned French Rock Climber climbed Burj Khalifa and it took him pretty six hours.
- Approximately 250,000 gallons of water and 360000100-watt electricity are consumed daily in this building.
- An amazing fact describing the safety level of this tower is that it has a smart wind tracking system that can tell whether it is safe to open windows or not.
- This highest building is built over a former Military Compound known as ‘Central Military Command’.
- The tallest building in the world, Khalifa Dubai is as tall as twice of Empire State Building, thrice of Eiffel Tower, and can cover a quarter of the world if laid end to end. That is pretty tall!
- One of the most startling facts about this enormous building is regarding its weight. Do you know that total concrete employed in it weighs as much as 100,000 elephants? Want to know more? Total Aluminium used in it weighs equal to the weight of five A380 aircraft.
- An applauding fact about this bewitching piece of architectural brilliance is that they conserve 15 million gallons of water every year and deploy it for irrigation, cooling systems, and Dubai Fountain.
- A speedy fact about this building in Dubai is that the elevators in it run at a speed of 10 meters per second and it takes just a minute to reach the 124th Trust me it is really fast for elevators.
- The 148th floor of Burj Khalifa is marked as the highest observation deck in the world which is 555 meters (1,821 ft) above the ground.
- You can imagine the height by the fact that the tip of its sphere is visible from as distant as 95 km.
- It’s an obvious fact that a huge number of workers would have been employed in constructing the tallest building in the world but if it is 12000 workers per day, it’s stupefying.
- 22 million man-hours it took for this structure to come alive.
- This world’s tallest building can be termed an art gallery. Want to know why? Burj Khalifa adorns itself with more than 10000 art pieces from renowned artists across the world and always keeps adding to the score.
- Though the building stands tall its underground has just a single floor.
- Khalifa Dubai is embedded with a tailored elevator system for emergency evacuation.
- The figures in Burj Khalifa’s construction are always big so how can glass panels be small? 26000 panels are used in covering the silhouette and all are hand-cut.
- This magnificent building needs equally magnificent surroundings and what accomplishes this is Dubai Fountains which is as large as two fields of football.
- An alarming fact for this building is that soon it might lose its title as another building; the Jeddah tower is in making which is supposed to be even taller.
Burj Khalifa Dubai is striking in all terms and ages will witness how this building initiated new-age architecture. In the future, it may not be the tallest building but the fame and recognition it managed for it is reserved for it only. If you have not witnessed this architectural and structural milestone of not just Dubai and UAE but the whole world then, don’t waste any more time and start planning your dream vacation to Dubai.
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