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Wednesday, January 1, 2014

Burj Khalifa




Burj Khalifa , known as Burj Dubai prior to its inauguration, is a skyscraper in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, and is the tallest man-made structure in the world, at 829.8 m (2,722 ft).
Construction began on 21 September 2004, with the exterior of the structure completed on 1 October 2009. The building officially opened on 4 January 2010,and is part of the new 2 km2  development called Downtown Dubai at the 'First Interchange' along Sheikh Zayed Road, near Dubai's main business district.
In March 2009, Mohamed Ali Alabbar, chairman of the project's developer, Emaar Properties, said office space pricing at Burj Khalifa reached US$4,000 per sq ft (over US$43,000 per m²) and the Armani Residences, also in Burj Khalifa, sold for US$3,500 per sq ft (over US$37,500 per m²).He estimated the total cost for the project to be about US$1.5 billion.
The project's completion coincided with the global financial crisis of 2007–2012, and with vast overbuilding in the country; this led to high vacancies and foreclosures.With Dubai mired in debt from its huge ambitions, the government was forced to seek multibillion dollar bailouts from its oil-rich neighbor Abu Dhabi. Subsequently, in a surprise move at its opening ceremony, the tower was renamed Burj Khalifa, said to honor the UAE President Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan for his crucial support.

Records

  • Tallest existing structure: 829.8 m (2,722 ft) (previously KVLY-TV mast – 628.8 m/2,063 ft)
  • Tallest structure ever built: 829.8 m (2,722 ft) (previously Warsaw radio mast – 646.38 m/2,121 ft)
  • Tallest freestanding structure: 829.8 m (2,722 ft) (previously CN Tower – 553.3 m/1,815 ft)
  • Tallest skyscraper (to top of spire): 829.8 m (2,722 ft) (previously Taipei 101 – 509.2 m/1,671 ft)
  • Tallest skyscraper to top of antenna: 829.8 m (2,722 ft) (previously the Willis (formerly Sears) Tower – 527 m/1,729 ft)
  • Building with most floors: 163 (previously Willis (formerly Sears) Tower – 108)
  • Building with world's highest occupied floor
  • World's highest elevator installation (situated inside a rod at the very top of the building)
  • World's longest travel distance elevators
  • Highest vertical concrete pumping (for a building): 606 m (1,988 ft)
  • First world's tallest structure to include residential space
  • World's second highest outdoor observation deck: 124th floor at 452 m (1,483 ft) When it first opened, the observation deck was the highest outdoor observation deck in the World, but it has since been surpassed by Cloud Top 488 on top of Canton Tower.
  • World's highest installation of an aluminium and glass fa├žade: 512 m (1,680 ft)
  • World's highest nightclub: 144th floor
  • World's highest restaurant (At.mosphere): 122nd floor at 442 m (1,450 ft) (previously 360, at a height of 350 m/1,148 ft in CN Tower)
  • World's highest New Year display of fireworks.
  • World's second highest swimming pool: 76th floor (world's highest swimming pool is located on 118th floor of Ritz-Carlton Hotel at International Commerce CentreHong Kong).
    Facts
    Official NameBurj Khalifa
    Former / Other NameBurj Dubai
    Typebuilding
    StatusCompleted
    CountryUnited Arab Emirates
    CityDubai
    Proposed2003
    Start of Construction2004
    Completion2010
    Global Ranking#1 tallest in the World
    Regional Ranking#1 tallest in Middle East
    National Ranking#1 tallest in UAE
    City Ranking#1 tallest in Dubai
    Figures
    Height: Architectural828.0 meter / 2717 feet
    Height: Occupied584.5 meter / 1918 feet
    Height: To Tip829.8 meter / 2723 feet
    Height: Observatory452.1 meter / 1483 feet
    Floors Above Ground163
    Floors Below Ground1
    # of Elevators58
    Top Elevator Speed10 m/s
    Tower GFA309,473 m² / 3,331,140 ft²
    # of Apartments900
    # of Hotel Rooms304
    # of Parking Spaces2957
    The below image is the picture taken from Burj Khalifa..



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