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Some Interesting Facts about Burj Khalifa

 

  • We all know that the Burj Khalifa is the tallest building in the world. There's no hiding the fact as it dominates the Dubai skyline. It's also the welcome sight for many expats who arrive in the country as the structure can be seen from as far as 92km. Those are not the only two facts in this list. And since it's going to be a really long list, we might as well get started. That being said, here are 50 lesser known facts about the Burj Khalifa
  • The design of the building was inspired by the Spider Lily, a regional desert flower
  • There is no check-in desk at the reception because Giorgio Armani wanted visitors to feel that they were stepping into his home.
  • Armani Residences are located on levels 9-16. Each apartment comes with bespoke appointments.
  • The stairwell has a total of 2,909 steps leading up to the 160th floor.
  • Observation decks offer a unique view of the Fountain below. The soundtrack is also played at the top.
  • The common areas come with a bespoke fragrance selected from 18 different aromas.
  • The height of At the Top is equivalent to the being on the tip of Malaysia's Petronas Towers.
  • It is one of the most photographed buildings worldwide.
  • The construction used three of the world's largest cranes, able to lift a capacity of 25 tonnes.
  • It is home to the world's first Armani Hotel.
  • The tower's landscaped areas are divided into three sections - residences, offices and hotel.
  • Tom Cruise climbed the structure for Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol. The same stunt was parodied by The Simpsons.
  • It is made of 330,000 cubic metres of concrete, 39,000 m/t of reinforced steel; 103,000 sqm of glass and 15,500 sqm of embossed stainless steel.
  • It took 22 million man hours to bring the Burj Khalifa to life.
  • It's the tallest building three ways: Height to architectural top, height to highest occupied floor and height to tip.
  • High-compressive strength concrete mixes were used to keep the record height together.
  • It took six years, from excavation to its worldwide televised reveal on January 4, 2010.
  • Mechanical, electrical and plumbing services were developed during the designing of the tower.
  • The building's water system supplies about 946,000 litres of water every day.
  • The total amount of concrete used in the construction would equal the weight of 100,000 elephants.
  • The façade is lit by a series of stroboscopes that can be individually programmed.
  • The corridor to the spa in each Sky Lobby uses glass and lighting that evokes the feeling of walking on water.
  • 26,000 hand-cut glass panels make up the exterior of the Burj.
  • All essential equipment to keep the Burj going is housed every 30 floors.
  • The superstructure is supported by 3.7 metres thick reinforced concrete.
  • When you make your way At The Top, you go through a journey detailing the story behind the tower.
  • There are traditional abras that ply the waters of the Dubai Fountain
  • The interiors of the residences represent facets of Middle Eastern culture such as calligraphy and the slopes of sand dunes.
  • More than 30-onsite contracting companies came together to build the structure.
  • The gardens are watered using condensation from the air-conditioning systems as well as the atmosphere.
  • The Burj Khalifa can hold up to 10,000 people at any given time.
  • The viewfinders around the observation decks show Dubai before much of the development took place.
  • 40 wind tunnel tests were conducted on the Burj to ensure its structural safety.
  • It was initially known as Burj Dubai before His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai revealed its official title - Burj Khalifa.
  • The Burj is maintained via 18 permanently installed cradles. It takes three to four months to clean the entire tower
  • It is home to the world's fastest double deck elevators.
  • The highest library in the world is located where else? Level 123
  • On a foggy day, being on the observation decks evoke a feeling of standing above the clouds.
  • To celebrate Expo 2020, Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Crown Prince of Dubai, hoisted the UAE flag at the tip of the Burj.
  • There are three Sky Lobbies in the Burj, at levels 43, 76 and 123. These are outdoor spaces where you can relax and unwind.
  • The world's highest base jump was achieved at the Burj when Nasser Al Neyadi and Omar Alhegelan jumped off the tower and landed 672 metres after.
  • The Burj Khalifa serves as the anchor of the Downtown Dubai community.
  • It is the first tallest tower to include residential space.
  • There are about 4,500 keys used by the Burj Khalifa security staff


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