Burj Khalifa Guide : Burj Dubai Skyscraper, Location Map, Height, Observation Deck, At the Top Burj Khalifa Tower, Images for Burj Khalifa, Photos & Videos
Burj Khalifa – World’s Tallest Skyscraper in Dubai. Formerly known as Burj Dubai (translated into “The Tower of Dubai”), the world’s tallest building in Dubai was re-named as Burj Khalifa in the wake of the new year in January 2010. This name change came just days before the grand opening of the world’s tallest skyscraper which sits in the heart of the “New Dubai Downtown”.
This name change just before the opening of the building on January 4th 2010, comes amidst a deep economic swamp in the State of Dubai. In fact, things got so bad for the indebted sovereign fund of Dubai that it nearly went bankrupt in December 2009 but neighboring Abu Dhabi stepped in bailed out the city. Some say that this led to the change in the building’s name from Burj Dubai to Burj Khalifa. The new name honors Abu Dhabi’s ruler Khalifa bin Zayed.
Burj Khalifa itself is made up of high-class residential apartments (residences), the luxurious Armani Hotel, 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. Some remarkable facts about Burj Khalia, the world’s tallest building: 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; 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, the 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; 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)
Burj Khalifa can only hold the title of “the world’s tallest building” for so long. Burj Khalifa is often mistaken for Burj Al Arab, which is actually a hotel with 202 suites and is rated as a 7-star hotel. Nightly rates range from $2,000 a night to over $30,000 a night making Burj Al Arab one of the most expensive hotels in the world.
Burj Khalifa Photo Gallery – Pictures of the world’s tallest skyscraper
The Burj Khalifa Tower
If you plan to visit Dubai make sure to add the attractions in Burj Khalifa Tower to your list of things you must see. Standing at over 828 metres, this remarkable example of high tech architecture is the tallest building in the world. It is a world-class destination considered the masterpiece of downtown Dubai. Records mention Dubai as far back as 1095. The first settlement named Dubai town dates back to 1799. Today, Dubai has developed into a world-class business hub. The economy was originally based on the oil industry, but with the emirate’s new business model major revenues are now derived from real estate, tourism and financial services.
Recently, Dubai has attracted world recognition through various large construction developments and sporting events. However, this extra attention has highlighted human rights and labour issues faced by the largely Asian workforce.
The Burj Khalifa Tower – The Burj Khalifa Tower is located in the heart of Dubai. It is surrounded by luxury, five star hotels, fabulous shopping destinations and a wide variety of entertainment options. The tower houses Burj Khalifa residences, private residences, corporate offices, hotel guestrooms and suits, a four story fitness club, fine dining restaurants and an observation deck.
The Burj Khalifa Park – The design of the park was inspired by the unique Burj Khalifa triple-lobed shape. It spreads out over eleven hectares featuring luscious greenery and spectacular water displays. The landscape includes three distinct areas which serve the three main uses of the tower: hotels, residences and office spaces.
The three areas are linked by the pedestrian walkways and the tower. Visitors are welcomed with astonishing stone paving patterns at each entry. The main entrance is encircled by a palm court, fantastic water features, open green spaces and a luscious forest grove above.
The Burj Khalifa Observation Deck – The Burj Khalifa Tower in Dubai has aroused more curiosity and intrigue than any other building in modern history. From the observation deck you can see for yourself what it feels like to be at the top of the world.
Your visit begins at the reception area. From here you are guided through an amazing presentation chronicling the exotic history of Dubai and the fascinating story behind the Burj Khalifa aboard a 65 metre moving walkway, called a travelator. The travelator pauses briefly to give you a close-up view of the amazing height of Burj Khalifa.
A super high speed elevator takes you the rest of the way to the top. As the elevator doors open you are greeted with floor to ceiling glass walls that offer a breath-taking, unobstructed view of the city, the surrounding desert and the ocean.
Burj Khalifa – There are plenty of phenomenal “megaprojects” implemented in Dubai. In fact, the term is one consistently used for new ventures in Dubai. One of the most impressive of all Dubai luxury hotels is the Burj Al Arab Hotel. The Burj Al Arab is considered the most prestigious of all Dubai hotels to date. From personal butlers appointed for each suite to complimentary helicopter and Rolls Royce guest transfers, everything in between boasts one of the highest standards of affluence, not only in Dubai, but throughout the Middle East.
Strikingly modern architectural designs, such as the shape of the billowing sail the Burj Al Arab is designed after, are an increasingly common sight in the UAE. Though the Burj Al Arab Hotel is one of the most ambitious structural designs in Dubai, there’s another very notable addition to the city skyline getting plenty of worldwide attention. “Burj” is also affixed to one of the most incredible and enterprising designs in Dubai, the Burj Khalifa Tower, one of the tallest buildings in the world. Taller even than the Petronas Towers in Kuala Lumpur, the Burj Tower’s official height is being kept under wraps for now. “Burj,” used in the Burj Al Arab Hotel name, literally means “tower” in Arabic. Originally, the more than 1800-foot design was initiated for the Melbourne Grollo Tower but plans ended due to enormous building costs. Later in 2003, the plans were reignited and revamped by architect Adrian Smith of Skidmore, Owings and Merrill in Chicago and used to design and build the tower.
The Burj Khalifa design was inspired by the Hymenocallis flower which is found around India, UAE and the surrounding region. Only extremely high performance materials, much like the ones used in the Burj Al Arab, were used in the tower. Exceptional materials like textured steel panels, reflective glazing and aluminum are designed to resist extremely high temperatures typical in the UAE. Burj Khalifa represents the role Dubai plays on the world stage. Situated an equal distance from Asia and Europe and sitting at the concourse of the Middle East and India, the skyscraper also physically represents its position in a growing global market.
Burj Khalifa is slated to be the home of both the Armani Hotel Dubai, for the most lavish of UAE vacations, and the ultra-distinguished Armani Residences, all designed with haute couture Italian furnishings. The Armani Hotel will open in 2008 and feature extravagant surroundings and sleek amenities for guests on holidays. The hotel will be the forerunner in a new chain actualized by a joint venture between Giorgio Armani and Emaar Hotels and Resorts. The exclusive Burj Khalifa Armani Hotel will feature a sumptuous spa, multiple restaurants featuring a wide range of culinary specials and 175 guests suites together totaling almost 450,000 square feet. The Armani residences comprise almost 150 private and furnished luxury units incorporated alongside the Armani Hotel. Though the Burj Khalifa is the tallest building in the world, specifically the world’s tallest hotel is the nearby JW Marriott Marquis Dubai.
The Khalifa Tower is situated in the heart of the fashionable downtown Burj area of Dubai where dining, shopping and plenty of excellent sightseeing keep locals and visitors entertained. From the 124th floor, at more than 1400 feet, visitors can enjoy incredible panoramic views of the city. There is a host of wonderful nearby attractions including the Dubai Mall, the Old Town Island with its charming blend of old and new, Burj Khalifa Lake and Boulevard Plaza. Services inside the skyscraper will extend to every guests need, from arranging Dubai tours, to transportation to Dubai golf courses and much more. Blanketed in pure opulence and extravagance, the Khalifa Tower promises an unforgettable experience in high-living.
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 at Night Photo Gallery
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.