Dubai has many interesting world records to its name and almost all of them are quite unique in nature. Considered as one of the icons of the city’s development, Burj Khalifa is a structure that needs no introduction. Standing proud and pampered like a celebrity by the world, the Burj Khalifa facts are as interesting as the building itself.
Read on to know all the detailed facts, history and records about Burj Khalifa that makes it the mightiest man made building in the whole wide world.
Burj Khalifa was the brain child of the respected leader, his Highness Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai. In a bid to make Dubai a benchmark tourism destination for the world, Dubai wanted to create something so extraordinary that surpasses anything created by man so far.
But for a project as mighty as Burj Khalifa, Dubai needed an exceptional vision and unbeatable minds who would use science and engineering to its best use. Mere planning of the project included some of the most unfathomable figures, facts and statistics.
After a stiff competition amongst some of the world’s most prestigious and renowned design houses, the honor of making this landmark on earth went to the Chicago office of Skidmore, Owings & Merrill LLP (SOM) with Adrian Smith FAIA, RIBA, consulting design Partner. The design even when on paper, went through extensive rounds of reviews to ensure its sustainability, safety and security. Inspired by the designs of the patterning systems of the Islamic structure, the Y shaped design was used to allow maximum natural sunlight inside the building.
After several stages of planning and designing, the construction of the mighty structure began in January 2004. The pillar construction went on for almost 3 years. In May 2007, the exterior cladding of the building was started with the help of over 380 highly skilled on site technicians and engineers.
Initially the tower was known as Burj Dubai initially until its official opening in the year 2010. Just before its opening, it was changed to Burj Khalifa in honor of the ruler of Abu Dhabi and president of the United Arab Emirates, Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan.
Here are some, interesting, jaw-dropping, unmissable and fun facts about Burj Khalifa you must know.
- Burj Khalifa is the tallest building in the world at a height of 2716.5 feet. It is not only the tallest building in the world but also holds the record of the tallest free standing structure (previously held by CN Tower in Toronto) and the tallest structure (previously held by KVLY-TV mast in Blanchard, North Dakota).
- This tallest building in the world is roughly three times the height of the Eiffel tower, and 15 times the height of Niagara Falls. The Burj Khalifa is almost twice as big as the Empire State building.
- Burj Khalifa also holds the world record of pumping concrete to the highest point of 605 meters.
- Burj Khalifa not only is the tallest building in the world, it also boasts of the highest number of stories in the world and it also owns the highest occupied floor on the planet.
- The amount of rebar (31400 metric tons) used to construct this building, if laid from end to end, is enough to cover more than a quarter part of the world.
- Burj Khalifa consumes 250,000 gallons of water on a daily basis and the electricity consumed in a day is equivalent to 360,000,100 watt bulbs being lit at once.
- The building was first conceived as a 90 storey tower. Then was further redesigned to make it huge and create a mark on the world.
- The Burj Khalifa is one of those rare buildings in the world from where you can see the sunset twice. Once from a low floor and again from it’s At the top floor.
- The At the top level of Burj Khalifa at the 148th floor is the highest observation deck in the world at a height of 555 meters.
- Burj Khalifa has the world’s tallest elevator shaft that spans to a height of 140 levels. The building has a total of 57 elevators and 8 escalators.
- The doors of the mighty Burj Khalifa is in- built with a wind tracking device, that determines whether it is safe to open them.
- The At the Top level of Burj Khalifa observation deck’s elevator distance travelled by the end of 2014 is equal to circumnavigating the globe eight times.
- At.mosphere the world’s highest lounge bar is located at the 122nd floor of Burj Khalifa boasting of stunning views of the Dubai skyline and the Arabian gulf.
- Burj Khalifa has its electrical substation at its 155th floor. It is the highest in the world.
- Burj Khalifa was built with the hard work of 12000 workers who spent 22 million work hours to make it stand.
- The Burj Khalifa has 17000 doors in total and the building has a uniquely designed elevator emergency evacuation system at the time of fire or security threats.
- Burj Khalifa boasts of 304 hotels, 900 plush apartments and 2957 parking spaces in total. The total number of glass panels used to finish its exterior façade is approximately 27400.
- It boasts of the world’s highest habitable floor at the height of its 160th storey. Also, its first 100 storeys were built in a record time of only 1093 days. That’s equals to constructing one floor in a span of just 3 days.
- At any given point, the top floors of Burj Khalifa is 6 degrees cooler than the ground floor and it can occupy a maximum of 35000 people (a size of a small town).
- The tip of the Burj Khalifa building can be seen from a distance of 95kms away, making it wondrous for the ones flying to Dubai.
- The landscaped gardens of Burj Khalifa is specially designed with slow growing species plants who can bear the hot climate of the city.
- Burj Khalifa holds the world record of the highest outdoor observation deck, and the highest aluminum and glass façade.
Burj Khalifa is the triumph of Dubai’s vision to create the impossible and make a forever mark on the heart of the world. Declaring the capabilities of this Emirate to the entire world, Burj Khalifa also stands tall as the beacon of the symbolic prosperity of the city and an emblem to the exciting, dynamic and prosperous Middle East.