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Burj Khalifa is a combination of amazing architectural innovations, beautiful forms created on the basis of traditions. The height of the Burj Khalifa is 828 meters, higher than Taipei 101 (512 meters) or the Empire State Building (381 meters). However, the tower is not only the highest in the world, but also a multiple world record holder in other achievements.
Burj Khalifa records
• the largest number of floors in the world;
• the highest external viewing platform;
• the highest service elevator in the world;
• the longest spire - 180 meters;
• the highest-up restaurant;
• the highest observation deck.
Photo: View from the observation deck
Initially, the creators planned to build the tallest building in the history of skyscrapers, so the height of the Burj Khalifa was kept in the strictest secrecy. If somewhere in the world there was any construction project superior to the Dubai Tower, the Burj Khalifa project would be amended in order to surpass the "competitors".
The project was developed by the American architectural bureau Skidmore, which has been designing skyscrapers all over the world for 80 years. The author of the project - Adrian Smith stated that the Burj Khalifa will become the brightest flower of the Arabian desert. Even the base of the building got its shape due to the hymenocallis - a white flower with long petals diverging from the center to the sides.
Photo: Burj Khalifa at night, © 21region
The construction of the skyscraper lasted only for six years. More than 100,000 tons of concrete were used, capable of withstanding high temperatures up to 50 ° (specifically for the construction of the Burj Khalifa it was necessary to invent such concrete, and also an innovative method of its laying - with addition of ice). Also, builders used more than 60,000 tons of steel reinforcement and 40,000 tons of aluminum structures.
The asymmetric form of the structure was not invented by accident - so the building is able to withstand strong winds and swing from side to side less. Special windows do not allow dust to pass and reflect the rays of the sun to prevent the heating of the rooms. The total surface of the windows is comparable to 20 football fields. Specially for them, swashing machines were designed, which are served by 50 people every day.
Inside the tower, the air conditioning system does not stop working for a minute - it maintains a comfortable 22 ° in the building and fills the premises with a patented aroma designed specifically for the Burj Khalifa. For the tower, even a special automatic condensate collection system for watering plants has been developed, because as a rule irrigation systems in skyscrapers are filled with rainwater, but in the Arabian desert, rain is a rarity.
How many floors are there in Burj Khalifa
1-39 floors are occupied by office buildings and Armani hotel (except for technical 17th and 18th). By the name of the hotel, you can easily guess the name of the designer who created the project of the hotel. Luxury and gloss are felt here in every detail.
Photo: Armani Hotel
44-108 floors apartments are located - luxury apartments up to 500 meters².
109-121, 125-135 and 139-147 and 149-154 floors - representative offices of various companies.
43 and 76 floors are occupied by gyms, spa and swimming pools.
122 floor - the highest-up restaurant in the world - At.Mosphere. A chic restaurant with a pleasant atmosphere, lounge bar and fine cuisine can hold about 80 people (it is better to book a table in advance ;-) Making a table reservation here costs 300 dirhams per couple; the price includes several dishes and glasses of champagne, as well as the opportunity to enjoy a piercing view of Dubai.
Photo: Restaurant Atmosphere
124th floor occupies the first viewing platform (452 meters above the ground), there is also an interactive room where you can learn the history of the construction and creation of the Burj Khalifa tower. You can climb here from 8:30 am to 5:00 pm for 300 dirhams (from 7:30 pm to 10:00 pm - 125 dirhams), for children the entrance fee is 95 dirhams.
Photo: Observation deck on the 124 floor
148th floor - the highest observation deck in the world - "At the Top". The height is 555 meters. The view from here resembles the view from the airplane window when you look at the earth through the clouds, and the buildings below seem only miniature copies.
The ticket price here is 500 dirhams from 8:00 am to 6:00 pm and 350 dirhams from 7:00 pm to 10:00 pm. For children - 125 dirhams, under 4 years - free of charge.
Photo: Observation deck on the 148 floor, © adel binafif
There is also a small souvenir shop where you can buy gifts as a remembrance of the trip.
The remaining floors are occupied by technical rooms. Total amount - 163 floors.
• Construction of the Burj Khalifa costed $ 1.5 billion.
• Every day more than 12,000 workers were involved in the construction.
• Burj Khalifa created and patented its own fragrance.
• The Dubai Tower fire fighting system allows to evacuate visitors in 32 minutes.
• The construction can withstand an earthquake of 7 balls on the Richter scale.
• Despite daily windows cleaning, it takes washers three months to wash them all.
• At sunset, the tower casts a shadow 8 kilometers long.
"above the clouds"
Burj Khalifa is a city in the city, with its own boulevards, parks, lawns, hotels, apartments, fountains, parking lots and observation platforms, assembled under one roof. Here, you will feel on the top of the world looking at the cosmopolitan city of Dubai at your feet.
How to get here
The tower is located in the Downtown of Dubai, next to the Dubai Mall and Dubai Fountain.
Address: 1 Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Blvd. You can get here by taxi or metro (Burj Khalifa/Dubai Mall station on the Red Line).
Things to do here 4
Get on the observation deck of the world’s highest building - the view from up there is just fascinating!AED 12540
Climb the tallest building in the world and look at its huge shadow.AED 30014
Climb the 148th floor of the Burj Khalifa and look at the city from a height of 555 meters.AED 5007
Do not miss the opportunity to view Dubai "from the eyes of a falcon" in the smallest detail.AED 3007
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