Burj Khalifa: The Tallest Building in the World


Overview

Burj Khalifa: The Tallest Building in the World

Skyscrapers are one of the most tourist attractions in the world. All the skyscrapers have different designs and have unique personalities. Tourists get attracted and fascinated towards the skyscrapers because they are tall. No one could imagine that the world’s first skyscraper would have a height of 180 feet with 10 floors. These skyscrapers have also solved the problem of crowded urban areas. Here we are going to talk about the world’s tallest skyscraper- Burj Khalifa.


About Burj Khalifa

Burj Khalifa is known to be Burj Dubai before its inauguration in 2010. This skyscraper is the world's tallest skyscraper located in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. This skyscraper has a total altitude of 829.8 metre or 2,722 feet. This building is the tallest in the world from 2009 till now. The construction of this fascinating skyscraper started in the year 2004 and it took a total of 5 years to complete the construction work. Burj Khalifa also became a part of a new development called ‘Downtown Dubai’ when it opened in 2010. The decision to construct this skyscraper is of the government, as it helps to transform the economy of UAE from oil-based to more tourism and service-oriented economy. The name ‘Burj Dubai’ has been changed to ‘Burj Khalifa’ in the honour of the President of United Arab Emirates and ruler of Abu Dhabi, Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan. ‘Adrian Smith’ is the designer of the ‘Burj Khalifa’ and he is currently working on the ‘Jeddah Tower’ in Saudi Arabia.


Development

The construction of this fascinating building started in January, 2004 and it was completed in October, 2009. The official opening of this building was on January 4, 2010. The engineering and architecture of this fascinating tower was done by Skidmore, Owings & Merrill of Chicago. ‘Adrian Smith’ is the chief architect of this project and ‘Bill Baker’ is the chief structural engineer of this project. The style of its architecture is Neo-futurism.


Tour Of Burj Khalifa

For dining in the restaurant, visitors can go to the 122nd floor which will give a thrilling experience. This place covers an area of 7 acres of parkland, 9 hotels, 30 acre man-made lake, a shopping mall, 19 residential towers and 163 floors. Visitors can also do shopping under this skyscraper as it consists of a shopping mall. There is also a park under it where visitors can wonder and enjoy the mesmerizing nature. Visitors can also go to the man-made lake which is very beautiful. In this fascinating skyscraper, there are also many restaurants and lounges where visitors can enjoy the delicious food and stay in the lounge. From all over the world many people come to see the surpassed and fascinating beauty of this skyscraper.


Records of Burj Khalifa

This fascinating skyscraper has named so many records under its name:-

  • Tallest existing structure

  • Tallest structure ever built

  • Building with so many floors

  • World’s highest nightclub

  • World’s tallest building which includes residential space

  • Tallest skyscraper


Awards 

Burj Khalifa has also won many awards for its fascinating beauty and because of its tallest skyscraper in the world. And no skyscraper has won that much of an award which this skyscraper has won. Here is the name of the some of the awards won by Burj Khalifa:-

  • In 2010, Spark Awards, Silver Award

  • In 2010, Skyscraper Award: silver medal from Emporis

  • In 2010, International Architecture Award from Chicago Athenaeum

  • In 2011, Decade of Design, Presidential Commendation in Corporate Space Small from International Interior Design Association (IIDA)

  • In 2011, Excellence in Engineering from ASHRAE (American Society of Heating, Refrigerating, and Air-Conditioning Engineers)- Illinois Chapter


Conclusion

So here are all the details about Burj Khalifa. This fascinating skyscraper is very popular in the UAE as well as in the world. Other than natural places like mountains and hill stations, these skyscrapers are man-made and tourists must visit this place to see its architecture, know about its history, know about how much time has been required to build this particular skyscraper, how many engineers have been required to build that particular skyscraper etc. Tourists from different countries visit here to see its beauty. Sometimes it is like, all this was just a dream because how can someone design something in a very beautiful and elegant manner. But it is true, with full dedication, planning, preparation and the most important resource, with the help of teamwork.




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