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  • Inspired by the Spider Lily

    The Burj Khalifa's design embodies the lyrical and well-proportioned structure of the Hymenocallis or Spider Lily, a regional desert flower that inspired architect Adrian Smith's vision of the iconic tower.

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  • Hotel with a Difference

    Giorgio Armani designed the entrance to Armani Hotel Dubai to give visitors the sense that they were stepping into his home. As a result, the reception has no check-in desk.

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  • Live. Work. Play.

    A truly mixed-use tower, Burj Khalifa comprises 1.85 million square feet of residential space, and 300,000 square feet of office space, in addition to the Armani Hotel Dubai and the Armani Residences. The tower also features lounges, health and wellness facilities, four pools and two observation decks.

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  • World Voices

    The lobby of The Residence at Burj Khalifa is dominated by artist Jaume Plensa's eponymous sculpture 'World Voices'. The piece incorporates 196 cymbals. Water dropping gently from the ceiling strikes the cymbals and creates a chorus of distinct tones that represent the voices of people worldwide.

    Artist: Plensa
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  • World's Tallest Art Gallery

    Burj Khalifa is home to the commissioned works of over 85 artists from around the world. The artworks vary from impressionism to abstract works, but they all reveal an Arabic cultural context.

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  • Set in Stone

    Egyptian-born artist Karim Rashid's 'Evolutes' adorns the corporate entrance of Burj Khalifa. The sculpture of shifting ovals is made using a highly reflective organic coating and natural stones in a transparent UV-resistant epoxy system.

    Artist: Karim Rashid
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  • 12,000workers

    More than 12,000 people worked on-site at any given time during the building of Burj Khalifa. Their work and flow on and off-site were orchestrated in the WAR Room (Work-Action-Resolution).

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  • A Town Comes To Life

    All of Downtown Dubai - including The Dubai Mall, Mohammed Bin Rashid Boulevard, Souk Al Bahar, Old Town, and The Address Hotels - were coming to life alongside Burj Khalifa.

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  • Armani Residences

    The 144 Armani Residences Dubai are located on levels 9 to 16, and each apartment has bespoke finishes and made-to-measure furniture and fittings. The intention was to create 'a warm, harmonious and luxurious space combined with elegant design - each element playing a precise role in the overall effect and balance'.

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  • Step up

    All of Downtown Dubai - including The Dubai Mall, Mohammed Bin Rashid Boulevard, Souk Al Bahar, Old Town, and The Address Hotels - were coming to life alongside Burj Khalifa.

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  • A View of
    The Dubai Fountain

    Aside from a stunning view of the city of Dubai, the Observation Decks of Burj Khalifa also offers a unique aerial view of The Dubai Fountain. The performance soundtrack is played at the top for an immersive experience.

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  • A Scent Apart

    The common areas of Burj Khalifa all have a bespoke fragrance that was selected from among 18 aromas. The fragrance with the materials in each space for a subtly different experience.

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  • At the Top Height

    Height of At the Top, Burj Khalifa is equivalent to being on the tip of the Petronas Towers in Malaysia.

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  • Photographer's Dream

    Burj Khalifa is one of the most photographed buildings/structures in the world.

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  • The Most Powerful Cranes

    Building the world's tallest building required ingenious measures (and machinery) to enable the logistics chain. The construction site featured three of the world's largest cranes, with a self-jacking mechanism and a capacity to lift 25 tonnes.

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  • The World's First Armani Hotel

    Burj Khalifa is home to the world's first Armani Hotel, which opened its doors on April 27, 2010. All aspects of the luxury hotel bear the signature markings of Giorgio Armani, from the room designs to the fabrics and furnishings selected.

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  • Landscaping for Three

    The tower's landscaped areas are divided into three distinct sections, for the residences, the offices and the hotel. The landscape design comprises a palm court, six water features, a lake-side promenade, forest groves, a play area and terrace gardens.

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  • Burj Khalifa in Popular Culture

    Burj Khalifa featured in Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol, the fourth installment of the Mission Impossible series, with a hair-raising stunt sequence by Tom Cruise. The stunt scene was later parodied in the popular animated TV series The Simpsons.

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  • Setting Records

    Burj Khalifa comprises a record-breaking 330,000 cubic metres (11.6 million cubic feet) of concrete; 39,000 m/t of reinforced steel; 103,000 square metres (1.1 million square feet) of glass; and, 15,500 square metres (166,800 square feet) of embossed stainless steel. It took 22 million man hours to build the tower.

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  • Scaling the Burj's Height

    Burj Khalifa ranks #1 on all three criteria for tall buildings – height to architectural top (828 metres or 2,716.5 feet); height to highest occupied floor (over 570 metres or 1,800 feet); and, height to tip (828 metres or 2,716.5 feet).

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  • World Records

    • Tallest building
    • Tallest man-made structure
    • Tallest free-standing structure
    • Largest number of storeys
    • Highest occupied floor
    • Highest outdoor observation deck
    • World record for vertical concrete pumping
    • Tallest service elevator
    • Highest aluminium and glass facade
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  • Pumping Concrete

    Throughout the project, high-compressive strength concrete mixtures were used to withstand the record-breaking height. Pours were only done at night with concrete being chilled prior to mixing and part of the water being replaced with shards of ice.

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  • A Six-Year Journey

    It took six years, from the time excavation started to the globally televised launch of Burj Khalifa on January 4, 2010.

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  • Intricate Planning

    The mechanical, electrical and plumbing services for Burj Khalifa were developed during the design phase of the tower, as a combined effort of the architects, structural engineers and other consultants.

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  • Water Supply

    Burj Khalifa's water system supplies an average of 946,000 litres of water a day. Given the height of the tower, water storage tanks are installed in the main mechanical plant room floors, which are located every 30 floors.

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  • 100,000 Elephants

    If weighed, the total amount of concrete used in the construction of Burj Khalifa would equal the approximate weight of 100,000 elephants.

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  • A Little Sparkle

    Burj Khalifa's lighting perfectly complements the character of the building as a simple and elegant structure. The facade is lit by a series of stroboscopes, that can be individually programmed to chase up the tower or sparkle in a pattern or at random.

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  • Spa Corridor

    The corridor approach to the spa in each Sky Lobby is designed using glass and responsive lighting that evokes the feeling of walking on water.

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  • A Glittering Exterior

    Approximately 26,000 individually hand-cut glass panels make up the exterior cladding of Burj Khalifa, along with reflective glazing, aluminium and textured stainless steel spandrel panels and stainless steel vertical tubular fins.

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  • Behind the Scenes

    All the equipment essential for the operation of Burj Khalifa are housed in seven double-storey-height mechanical floors. Located every 30 floors, they accommodate the electrical sub-stations, water tanks and pumps, and air-handling units.

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  • A Strong Foundation

    Burj Khalifa's superstructure is supported by a 3.7 metres thick reinforced concrete mat. It took 12,500 cubic metres of high-density, low-permeability concrete to build the mat. A cathodic protection system under the mat helps to mitigate the effects of corrosive chemicals in the ground water.

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  • Burj Khalifa's Story

    Visitors making their way to At The Top, Burj Khalifa are treated to an immersive journey through which they discover the compelling story behind the design and construction of the iconic tower.

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  • 'Abras' on Burj Lake

    Traditional 'abra' rides across Burj Lake give visitors to Burj Khalifa a chance to experience a traditional means of transport while also enjoying a unique view of Dubai Fountain.

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  • Inspired Interiors

    The interiors of The Residence at Burj Khalifa are inspired by Middle Eastern culture. Curves and arcs that are representative of the strokes in Arabic calligraphy as well as the slopes of sand dunes can be seen in the flooring, carpets and ceilings.

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  • Global Collaboration

    The wonder of Burj Khalifa was made possible by the collaboration of more than 30 on-site contracting companies from around the world – a fact that is embodied in 'World Voices', an art installation in the lobby of The Residence.

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  • Green Irrigiation

    With an eye to environmental friendliness, the gardens of Burj Khalifa are partly irrigated with water collected through the tower's Condensate Collection System, which collects condensation from the tower's air-conditioning systems as well as its surrounding humid atmosphere.

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  • A 'Vertical City'

    Burj Khalifa has been called a 'vertical city' and the name couldn't be more apt. Given its magnitude and mixed-use facilities, it holds in the region of 10,000 people at any given point in time.

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  • A View of Old Dubai

    The viewfinders located at the periphery of Burj Khalifa's Observation Decks transport you back in time to get a glimpse of what Dubai looked like before the the city's spectacular skyline was built.

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  • Wind Tunnel Testing

    To ensure the structural safety of the building, more than 40 wind tunnel tests were conducted on Burj Khalifa, ranging from verifying Dubai's wind climate to facade pressure tests.

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  • Naming the Iconic Tower

    While it was being developed and constructed, Burj Khalifa was known as Burj Dubai. It was during the inauguration of the tower that HH Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum revealed its official title.

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  • A Beautiful Facade

    Burj Khalifa's facade is maintained via 18 permanently installed track and fixed telescopic, cradle-equipped units. The jib arms of each unit extend up to 36 metres. Under normal conditions, it takes three to four months to clean the entire exterior facade.

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  • World's Fastest Double Deck Elevators

    The elevators that takes visitors to the observation decks of Burj Khalifa at a speed of 10 m/s has a unique utility. It has a lower deck to transport corporate visitors and those visiting At.mosphere, the world's highest restaurant.

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  • The Height of Reading

    A little known fact is that Burj Khalifa features the world's highest library on Level 123 of The Residences.

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  • Up in the Clouds

    On a foggy morning, when a thick layer of fog settles over the city of Dubai, the view from Burj Khalifa's Observation Decks is something to behold. It appears as though you are standing above the clouds.

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  • Celebrating Expo 2020

    To celebrate the winning of Dubai's bid to host Expo 2020, The Crown Prince of Dubai, His Highness Sheikh Hamdan Bin Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, hoisted the UAE national flag from the tip of Burj Khalifa

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  • Sky Lobbies

    There are three Sky Lobbies in Burj Khalifa. Located on levels 43, 76 and 123, these public spaces offer amenities such as spas, pools, outdoor sundecks, gyms, and juice bars, among others.

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  • World's Highest BASE Jump

    Burj Khalifa was the site of the world's highest BASE jump when UAE National Nasser Al Neyadi and his skydiving trainer Omar Alhegelan jumped off the tower and made a smooth landing after covering a vertical distance of 672 metres.

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  • Anchoring the Community

    Burj Khalifa serves as an anchor to the Downtown Dubai community. A multicultural area, Downtown Dubai brings the best of the Arab and Western worlds together, offering something for everyone.

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  • Home Sweet Home

    Burj Khalifa is the first world's tallest tower to include residential space.

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  • A Key Point

    There are approximately 4,500 'back-of-house' keys that make up Burj Khalifa's mater-key system, allow security to manage access across the tower.

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  • Crowning Glory

    Burj Khalifa's telescopic spire is over 200 metres in height; it not only secures Burj Khalifa's position as the world's tallest tower, it also completes the building's iconic design.
    +The Amazing Gigapan

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  • A Flash of Light(ning)

    Rising to more than 800 metres, Burj Khalifa regularly harnesses the forces of nature to stage a lightning show, making it one of the most conspicuous lightning conductors in the world.

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  • Days to Remember

    In September 2007, just 1,325 days after excavation began on-site, Burj Khalifa became the tallest freestanding structure in the world.

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  • A Beacon of Light

    To prevent aircraft collisions, Burj Khalifa is equipped with high-intensity xenon white obstruction lights that flash 40 times per minute. The flash intensity of the lights changes through the day:

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  • A View of the Exterior

    More than 380 skilled workers installed the exterior cladding of Burj Khalifa, starting work in May 2007 and finishing in September 2009. At their fastest, the team installed as many as 175 panels in a single day.

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  • Global Icon

    The Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat (CTBUH) bestowed the 'Global Icon' award on Burj Khalifa in 2010. It is intended that the award will only be conferred on an occasional basis, when merited by an exceptional project – perhaps every 10 or 15 years.

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  • Global Icon

    The Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat (CTBUH) bestowed the 'Global Icon' award on Burj Khalifa in 2010. It is intended that the award will only be conferred on an occasional basis, when merited by an exceptional project – perhaps every 10 or 15 years.

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  • Safety First

    To ensure fire safety and speed of evacuation, all stairwells in Burj Khalifa are surrounded by concrete and there are pressurized, air-conditioned refuge areas almost every 25 floors.

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  • Curtain Call

    Burj Khalifa's curtain wall is the equivalent of 17 soccer fields or 25 American football fields.

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  • A Story of Concrete

    The highest reinforced concrete core walls in Burj Khalifa were pumped at 80 MPa to a height of 601 metres in November 2007.

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  • Degrees of Difference

    The ambient temperature at the tip of Burj Khalifa is six degrees cooler than the temperature at ground level.

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  • New Year's Eve Gala

    Every year Burj Khalifa hosts a New Year's Eve Gala in Downtown Dubai. The event is one of Dubai's most anticipated with light and fireworks shows. The night sees more than 1 million people in attendance and is telecast live to over 2 billion people around the world.

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  • Tower of Steel

    The total weight of aluminium used in the building of Burj Khalifa is equivalent to that of five A380 aircraft and the total length of stainless steel bullnose fins is 293 times the height of the Eiffel Tower.

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  • The Amazing Gigapan

    One of the greatest /en/images of modern time is a 360-degree gigapan picture of Dubai taken from the tip of Burj Khalifa's spire. It was taken to mark the second edition of the Hamdan Bin Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum Photography Award (HIPA).

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  • Cool as Ice

    During peak cooling hours, Burj Khalifa requires about 10,000 tons of cooling, equivalent to the cooling capacity of approximately 10,000 tons of melting ice.

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  • Hosting 'French Spiderman'

    Burj Khalifa entered record books yet again when Alain Robert, aka 'French Spiderman', scaled the tower in just over six hours in March 2011.

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  • Elevators & Escalators

    Burj Khalifa has a total of 57 elevators and eight escalators. Among them are the world's tallest service elevator, which has a capacity of 5.500 kg and the Observatory elevators, which are double deck cabs that travel at 10 m/s.

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  • Records in BASE Jumping

    Skydive Dubai-sponsored Soul Flyers World Champions Fred Fugen and Vince Reffet took the first leap off Burj Khalifa in April 2014, claiming the new Guinness World Record title of the 'Highest BASE Jump from the Tallest Building'.

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  • Mark of Respect

    The plaque placed outside the entrance to Burj Khalifa's Corporate Suites is the one that His Highness Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum unveiled marking the launch of the iconic tower.

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  • Lingua Franca

    Of the many challenges faced by Burj Khalifa's construction team, achieving perfect communication and harmony across the multi-lingual and multicultural task force was one of the most difficult.

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  • Floral Inspiration

    The spider lily or hymenocallis, which served as inspiration for the form of Burj Khalifa, is a noticeable part of the stunning landscaping that surrounds the tower.

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  • Quantity of Concrete

    If you were to take all the concrete used in Burj Khalifa and lay a sidewalk, it would be 2,065 kilometres (1,283 miles) long.

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  • Burj Khalifa / Eiffel Tower

    Height of the tower from Level 124 to the spire more than the height of Eiffel Tower.

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  • Casting Call

    A jump form system was used to cast Burj Khalifa's concrete structure. At peak efficiency, it was able to cast a storey every three days.

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  • Luxury Interiors

    Burj Khalifa is a study in the world's most luxurious materials - the interiors of the tower feature silver travertine flooring, Venetian stucco walls, handmade rugs, stone flooring and dark, intricate Brazilian santos rosewood.

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  • Stepping Stones

    At least 45 different types of stone were used in construction of Burj Khalifa.

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  • Military Grounds

    Burj Khalifa is constructed on a site that used to be owned by the military. The site was cleared in 2004, shortly before work began on the tower.

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  • Burj Khalifa's Motif

    The illustration below shows how pattern of the tower is built upon the repetition of a single basic geometrical motif that is reminiscent of Islamic art and architecture.

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  • The Dubai Fountain

    The Dubai Fountain performs 13 spectacular shows a day to some of the most recognizable melodies of our time.

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  • Single-source Suppliers

    An eye for detail and consistency meant that all material for the interior spaces of Burj Khalifa were acquired from a single source of supply, helping to control quality and standards.

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  • Flying High

    Flight paths in and out of Dubai have had to be changed at various height milestones since construction commenced on Burj Khalifa. Flights coming into DXB have to change the Pingo holding pattern altitude since Burj Khalifa reached 790 m in height.

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  • Speciality Landscaping

    The landscaping around Burj Khalifa is made up of slow-growing species of plants, selected especially for their ability to thrive in Dubai's hot climate.

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  • Dedicated Concrete Plant

    Downtown Dubai was being constructed in tandem with Burj Khalifa, making the scale of work so large that a dedicated concrete plant was installed on-site to ensure adequate supply of concrete at every stage.

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  • Connecting to Downtown

    Burj Khalifa's landscaping radiates from the tower and into the surrounding Downtown Dubai, creating a tangible link between the tower and the community.

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  • Inaugrating the Burj Khalifa

    On 4 January 2010 the eyes of the world turned to Burj Khalifa as His Highness Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, UAE Vice President and Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai inaugurated the world's tallest tower. A spectacular light and sound show followed and was broadcast around the world.

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  • Fireworks Show

    The fireworks at the launch of Burj Khalifa were epic featuring more than 10,000 individual firework shots that were attached to the exterior of the building by French alpinists, who were brought in especially to choreograph the show.

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  • Stay with Armani

    Armani Hotel Dubai and Armani Residences Dubai were designed and developed by Giorgio Armani himself, offering a unique and bespoke service, embodying the 'Stay with Armani' philosophy.

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  • A Spire to See

    The very tip of the spire of Burj Khalifa can be seen from up to 95 kms away, making it a wondrous sight for those flying in to Dubai.

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  • Designing At.mosphere

    The interiors of At.mosphere were designed by New York-based Adam Tihany. The restaurant's three distinct parts occupy the entire floor, providing panoramic views of Dubai and the desert and sea beyond.

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  • Reaching Milestones

    In January 2007, Burj Khalifa had 100 storeys; by July that year, it was the tallest building in the world.

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  • Global Expertise, Local Inspiration

    Burj Khalifa's design is inspired by Middle Eastern architecture, but an international team of experts came together to build it.

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  • Public Spaces

    Each of Burj Khalifa's three sky lobbies has been designed with bespoke furniture, making them a unique communal space for residents to gather and share the view.

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  • Drawing Burj Khalifa

    Skidmore, Owings and Merrill created close to 4,000 drawings when designing Burj Khalifa; when the building was on site, close to 10 times more drawings were produced.

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  • Skywalking

    Three high-altitude cranes were used throughout the construction of Burj Khalifa, climbing up the tower as new levels were completed.

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  • Maximum Occupancy

    The maximum occupancy Burj Khalifa can accommodate is 35,000 people, which is the population of a small town.

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  • Light and Landscape

    At night, strategically placed lighting emphasizes the geometry of the landscaping and plays with the design through light and shadow.

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  • Six-sided Core

    Burj Khalifa is built around a hexagonal core that rises up through the building and houses most of the tower's 57 elevators, the tallest of which travels to 504 meters, setting a world record.

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  • Testing Burj Khalifa

    Every component of Burj Khalifa was tested during design development to ensure it would perform to expectations.

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  • Cooling Heights

    During the hot summer months or in the cool winters, the temperature at the top of Burj Khalifa is six degrees cooler than at ground level.

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  • The Crane Solution

    Special recovery cranes were installed at levels 99 and 159 to help with the task of dismantling and removing the high-altitude cranes. The crane that operated at the highest point, approximately 700m above the ground, dismantled its own mast sections, stepping down in height each time.

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  • 3-Day Milestones

    After a year spent completing groundwork, the first 100 levels of Burj Khalifa were completed in 1,093 days. That's one storey every three days!

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  • A 'Mashrabiya' At The Top

    The ceiling of the 125th floor of Burj Khalifa features a sprawling 'mashrabiya' – intricately carved latticework – across it as a tribute to Arabian arts and culture.

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  • Google at Burj Khalifa

    Burj Khalifa's public spaces can be seen clearly on Google Street View. Google used the Trekker, a 40-pound, backpack-sized camera to capture views from the tower's upper floors and parts of the interior.

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  • Sabrah in Red and Grey

    A jewel-like statement in red and grey mosaic, red glass tiles and basalt cladding, Sabrah defines the driveway of Burj Khalifa. Orchestrated down to its choreographed waves, Sabrah has a mellifluous quality that is meant to calm the senses.

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  • A Green Geometry

    From a bird's eye view, the patterns of Burj Khalifa's landscaping are an abstraction of the tower's architectural geometry.

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  • Burj Khalifa Exterior Cladding

    Each glass panel in Burj Khalifa's exterior cladding comes with energy-saving silver-coating to limit solar heat gain, weighs 362 kilograms and measures 1.37 metres by 3.25 metres.

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  • Habitable Storeys

    Burj Khalifa holds the world record for the highest habitable floor at 160 storeys.

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  • The Most Prestigious Address

    Burj Khalifa, the world's most coveted address, features 900 residences, ranging from studios to one, two, three and four-bedroom suites, located on levels 19 to 108 of the tower's residential wing.

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  • Strong Foundations

    Burj Khalifa's foundation is made up of 125 piles that are 1.5 metres in diameter and 50 meters in length, comprising 45,000 cubic metres of concrete, reinforced with steel.

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  • The W-A-R Room

    Thousands of people moved on and off site during the construction of Burj Khalifa. The planning and logistics that went into their movements took place in the W-A-R Room (Work-Action-Resolution).

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  • Security Measures

    Burj Khalifa is the first "megatall" building that has elevators that are programmed for controlled evacuation in case of fire or security events.

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  • The First Steps

    The construction of Burj Khalifa moved a rapid pace – excavation took place in 2004 and by April 2005, groundworks werepage already done.

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  • Facade Maintenance

    Keeping the exterior of Burj Khalifa sparkling requires special jib arms that were custom-made for the tower.

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  • Mixed-Utility Tower

    Burj Khalifa, which features a total built-up area of 5.67 million sq ft, is the world's first truly mixed utility tower.

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  • The Weight of Burj Khalifa

    Completely empty Burj Khalfa weighs approximately 500,000 tonnes.

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  • Guided by the Garden Path

    Instead of using obtrusive signage, Burj Khalifa's landscaping provides an intuitive experience that suggests where people should walk, stop or gather.

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  • Opening Doors

    There are more than 17,000 doors in Burj Khalifa.

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  • A Floral Welcome

    The entrance pavilions of Burj Khalifa take leaf-like forms that echo the geometry of the tower's design.

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  • Did you know?

    It takes us around 120 days to clean all the windows of Burj Khalifa.

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  • Number of Man-Hours

    Over six years of construction, 12,000 workers spent 22 million man-hours on Burj Khalifa. If one person were to attempt the work, it would take more than 7,534 years.

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  • Designer Hotel

    World-renowned designer Giorgio Armani personally designed the interiors of Armani Hotel Dubai.

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  • World's Highest Electrical Substation

    Burj Khalifa sets another world record, with the world's highest electrical substation of Level 155 of the tower.

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  • Dine in the Sky

    Situated on the 122nd floor of Burj Khalifa, At.mosphere is the world's highest lounge bar, offering a unique epicurean experience with a side order of stunning views of the Arabian Gulf and Dubai's skyline.

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  • Three-Petal Motif

    The three-petal motif used across the interiors of Burj Khalifa reflects the tower's three-petal footprint.

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  • Elevator Soundtracks

    The elevator ride taking visitors from the ground floor up to the Observation Decks feature special soundtracks developed specifically for Burj Khalifa. The rhythm and beats build up to a crescendo as the elevators ascend to their destinations.

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  • World's Tallest Residential Tower

    While the world has seen many tallest towers, Burj Khalifa is the first to include residential space.

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  • A Great Distance

    The At the Top, Burj Khalifa observation decks are popular tourist attractions. By the end of 2014, the distance travelled by the observation deck elevators was equivalent to circumnavigating the globe 8 times.

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  • Getting Around Burj Khalifa

    The tower's three Sky Lobbies are transfer areas for residents and guests. The Sky Lobbies are connected by express elevators that only service the Sky Lobbies as well as shuttle elevators that stop on each floor in between.

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  • Fine Dining

    Armani Hotel Dubai's six exclusive fine dining restaurants feature delectable cuisines from around the world.

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  • Awash in Natural Light

    Natural light is a strong feature of every apartment in Burj Khalifa. The tower's tripedal form makes it so that every apartment can be located next to the curtain glazing.

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  • Heat and Light at the Entrance

    Burj Khalifa's three entrances have been designed to ensure optimal light and temperature inside the foyers. Each entrance is equipped with motorised Venetian blinds that can be tilted and lifted to regulate conditions.

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  • Height Of Surprise

    Burj Khalifa's final height of 828 metres was only revealed to the world when the tower was launched on 4 January 2010, with a spectacular celebration featuring light shows and fireworks.

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  • Glittering Sight

    The sparkling lights at the upper heights of Burj Khalifa are designed to complement The Dubai Fountain.

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  • Tracking The Wind

    The doors in Burj Khalifa have been built with a unique and smart wind-tracking device that indicates whether or not wind conditions are safe to open them.

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  • The Spider Lily

    The hymenocallis or spider lily, a flower is widely cultivated in Dubai and the GCC and is the inspiration for the structural design of Burj Khalifa.

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  • A World Tribute

    Burj Khalifa is a symbol of the aesthetic union of may cultures around the world. According to Emaar's chairman Mr. Mohamed Alabbar, it is the Arab world's tribute to the art and science of modern engineering.

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  • Burj Level 153

    Burj Level 153 of Burj Khalifa is the highest occupied floor in the world. The level has a private terrace and is used for corporate and private events.

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  • LEGO® Laurels

    Burj Khalifa joined a prestigious lineup of buildings when it joined the LEGO® Architecture collection in the year 2011. Burj Khalifa's LEGO® model is designed by renowned architect Adam Reed Tucker.

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  • Stepping Stones

    At least 45 different types of stone were used in construction of Burj Khalifa.

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  • Tallest Elevator Shaft

    Burj Khalifa is an architectural marvel featuring many records, including the world's tallest elevator shaft. The BS1 service elevator shaft spans 140 levels, making it the tallest in the world.

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  • Big, Bigger, Biggest.

    The construction of Burj Khalifa was such a grand execution that it grabbed the attention of National Geographic. The channel made a documentary on the subject as part of the 'Big, Bigger, Biggest' series.

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  • Fashion Defies Gravity

    In 2014, Dubai Shopping Festival hosted the world's first 'vertical fashion show' at Burj Khalifa. The extraordinary show featured models cat walking on the external facade of Burj Khalifa.

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  • Partnering With Dubai Cares

    In 2013, Burj Khalifa joined hands with Dubai Cares to raise funds. The project commissioned prominent UAE-based artists to paint miniature models of Burj Khalifa, which were then auctioned by Christie's.

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  • New Year's Eve Celebrations

    New Year's Eve celebrations at Burj Khalifa attract over 1 million people to the Downtown Dubai area to watch the spectacular fireworks.

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  • Art4Sight

    In 2012, Burj Khalifa joined forces with Noor Dubai Foundation on 'Art4Sight' during which Esref Armagan, a blind Turkish painter, sketched Burj Khalifa just by feeling a miniature model of the tower with his fingers.

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  • A Question of Height

    It took three self-erecting cranes, each with a capacity of 25 tonnes, to move materials on the site of Burj Khalifa.

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  • Confusing the Wind

    Burj Khalifa's Y-shaped plan allowed for the building to be rotated 120 degrees and for each tier of the building to have a different width. The stepping of each tier helped to reduce the wind force on the tower.

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  • Tradition Meets Technology

    High-tech as the custom-made Building Maintenance Units created for Burj Khalifa's exterior facade may be, maintenance personnel still use the old-fashioned bucket of water and squeegee to keep the facade clean.

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  • A Bolt of Steel

    The souvenir shop located at At The Top, Burj Khalifa carries the steel bolts that were used in the construction of Burj Khalifa for sale.

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  • A Level Above Breathtaking

    The Observation Deck on Level 148 of Burj Khalifa is the highest in the world at 555 meters.

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  • Raise the Sun

    Burj Khalifa is so tall that you can see the sunset twice in the same evening - first from a low floor and then again from At The Top, Burj Khalifa.

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  • Pushing Boundaries

    When Burj Khalifa was first conceived, it was a 90-storey tower. It was His Highness Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum who inspired Emaar to push boundaries and create a truly iconic tower.

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  • Planning With Foresight

    Burj Khalifa's three primary entrances – Armani Hotel, Residence and Corporate Suites – were designed to be on different levels to ensure smooth-flowing traffic at all times.

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  • Bird's Eye View

    'Dubai – A Falcon's Eye View' is located on Level 125 and is part of At The Top, Burj Khalifa. It gives visitors a unique perspective of Dubai.

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  • Local Inspiration, Global Feel

    Burj Khalifa's public areas feature the design of award-winning designer Nada Andric. The interiors combine glass, stainless steel and polished dark stones, together with silver travertine flooring, Venetian stucco walls, handmade rugs and stone flooring.

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  • Stargazing at Burj Khalifa

    Prominent celebrities, sportsmen, politicians and artists are among the many visitors to Burj Khalifa's popular observation deck. Don't be surprised to see a famous face if you visit At The Top, Burj Khalifa.

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  • Parking Spaces

    For the convenience of guests and those who work in the tower, Burj Khalifa has 3,000 underground parking bays.

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  • The Offices

    The Offices, located in a 12-storey annex to Burj Khalifa, offer prime office space in the heart of Downtown Dubai.

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  • A Matter of Space

    The Residences at Burj Khalifa cover 1.85 million square feet in total, while The Offices cover more than 300,000 square feet.

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  • Setting Records

    Among its pantheon of records Burj Khalifa also holds the world record for pumping concrete to the highest point (605 metres).

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  • Security Feature

    High-intensity xenon white obstruction lights are located strategically on the exterior facade of Burj Khalifa to prevent air-traffic collisions.

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