Burj Khalifa is the tallest structure in the world. It stands at 828 meters and is located in Downtown Dubai. The idea originated from the hymenocallis flower, also known as the “spider lily flower”. The amazing project began on the 6th of January 2004 and was finished on the 4th of January 2010, which took around 22 million man-hours to accomplish. The cost to finish this challenge was estimated to be around USD $1.5 billion, and surprisingly the whole investment was paid off within the first year of the grand opening. To construct this enormous structure, Burj Khalifa required massive amounts of construction materials which include 330 000 cubic meters of concrete and 39 000 tonnes of steel rebar to reinforce the concrete.
Now, it is not very easy to keep this gigantic skyscraper in position, so the architects came up with a solution which was to build Burj khalifa in Y-shape sequence in order to maintain stability as well as, install 192 piles 50 meters under the surface which would support the weight of the whole structure measuring 500 000 tonnes. Other than stability, there were many other factors the architects and engineers took care off, such as; strong desert heat, infrared rays and UV-Rays from the sun, high wind pressure, storms and many more. To encounter the intense heat, they used pioneering glass that provides anti-glare, solar, and thermal protection. This pioneering glass deflects the infrared and UV-Rays which help to keep the inside of the structure cool.
Burj Khalifa currently holds 8 world records and they are:
- The Tallest building in the world
- The highest restaurant from ground level
- Tallest man-made structure in the world
- Highest residential apartments
- Tallest free-standing structure in the world
- Most floors in a building
- Highest lounge in the world
- Highest fireworks on a building
Millions of people have visited the great vertical city (Burj Khalifa), for a number of reasons. Burj Khalifa consists of 163 floors which include roughly about 900 apartments ranging from studios to 4 bedroom suites. Out of the 163 floors, 35 floors are occupied with offices and there are 3 floors with sky lobbies as well as 2 observation decks for visitors to experience the breathtaking views of Dubai. As Burj Khalifa has 163 floors, you may be wondering how long does it take to get up there? It takes about 60 seconds to reach the observatory deck on the 124th floor, which is very impressive.
The Burj Khalifa has 57 elevators including double-deck elevators capable of transporting a huge number of visitors daily. These elevators can reach high speeds of up to 30 meters per second. But due to human factors keeping in mind, the speed is limited from 8 to 10 meters per second. As this will not clog the visitor’s ears making them more comfortable while in the elevator.
Tourists from around the world not only visit Burj Khalifa just for the jaw-dropping views. They also take the advantage to experience the Dubai fountain show, as well as explore the Dubai Mall. Dubai Mall is the world’s largest mall with an area of approximately 1.2 million square meters. It also has a lot to offer to their visitors as they have an ice rink, massive aquarium, indoor theme parks, cinemas and around 1200 stores.