WORLD’S LARGEST TOWER – BURJ KHALIFA (DUBAI, UAE)
Burj Khalifa, earlier known as Burj Dubai, located in Downtown Dubai, UAE, and standing tall at 829.84m is the tallest man-made structure in the world. Burj Khalifa is as a living wonder, a stunning piece of art, and incomparable feat of engineering.
Burj Khalifa forms a part of the new flagship development called Downtown Dubai, located at the First Interchange along Sheikh Zayed Road, in proximity to the main business district in Dubai. Developed by the leading developer Emaar Properties, the tower’s architecture and engineering were handled by Skidmore, Owings and Merrill of Chicago. Samsung C&T of South Korea, who also built Taipei 101 and Petronas Twin Towers, was the primary contractor of this project. The Belgian group Besix and UAE’s Arabtec, were the major sub-contractors.
Construction of the project began on 21st September 2004. The project, worth US$1.5bn, was re-named Burj Khalifa, to honour the crucial support extended by the UAE President Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan.
Developer: Emaar Properties
Designed by: Skidmore, Owings & Merrill
Construction start date: 21st September 2004
Construction end date: 4th January 2010.
Burj Khalifa has accomplished a series of world records and construction milestones. In July 2007, on completing Level 141, it was named the tallest building in the world, while in September 2007, on completing 150 storeys, it was named world’s tallest free-standing structure.
Thereafter, in April 2008, on completing Level 160, it was named world’s tallest man-made structure, and in January 2009, Burj Khalifa tops out with completion of spire. The external cladding was done in September 2009 and an official launch ceremony was held in January 2010.
Burj Khalifa also has several other world records to its credit, such as that for highest installation of an aluminium and glass faÃ§ade, highest number of stories in the world, highest occupied floor in the world, highest outdoor observation deck in the world, elevator with longest travel distance in the world, and world’s tallest service elevator.
Burj Khalifa also houses world’s highest outdoor observation deck, world’s highest Mosque, world’s highest nightclub, world’s highest restaurant, and world’s second highest swimming pool.
Burj Khalifa has numerous awards to its credit, the latest being the ‘Best Tall Building Middle East & Africa’ award by the Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat in June 2010. In September 2010, Burj Khalifa was awarded the ‘Best project of the year’ at the Middle East Architect Awards 2010.
Burj Khalifa was honoured as the first recipient of “Global Icon” Award by CTBUH (Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat) on 25th October 2010. The award recognizes special super-tall skyscrapers that make profound impact on the genre of tall buildings in the global market.
The Residences, Burj Khalifa
The Residences at Burj Khalifa, one of the most-prestigious addresses, with more than 900 residences including studios, single, double, triple and four bedroom suites, are designed for the connoisseur.
The homes located from levels 19 to 108 of Burk Khalifa with a rich array of amenities, offer residents an unmatched lifestyle experience. State-of-the-art fitness facilities, indoor/outdoor swimming pools, Jacuzzis, recreation room for gatherings and events, are all available on exclusive Sky Lobbies on levels 43, 76 and 123. Among the other amenities are, a resident’s library, a cigar club, Burj Khalifa Gourmet Market, a gourmet convenience store, meeting place for residents, and valet parking for guests and visitors.
The Residences at Burj Khalifa is nothing, but, urban life at its best. It offers all amenities of a metropolitan centre, but, with comforts and security of an exclusive community.
Dubai’s Emaar has unveiled ‘At the Top, Burj Khalifa SKY’, a new observation viewpoint on the world’s tallest tower. Located 555 metres (1,821 ft) high, the attraction has beaten the Guinness World Records title for the world’s highest observation deck. The previous record holder was the Canton Tower in Guangzhou, China – its observation deck was 488 metres (1,601 ft) high.
The attraction will include an outdoor terrace and a premium lounge on level 148.