When construction broke on 21 September 2004, the Burj Dubai was designed to be the tallest building in the world, standing over 828 metres high. Its unique tubular structure, inspired by the Hymenocallis flower, was the brainchild of Skidmore, Owings and Merrill, the same company that designed Willis Tower (formerly known as the Sears Tower) in Chicago. The tubular system allowed them to build this architectural work of art using half the amount of steel that was required to build the Empire State Building in New York City.
The skyscraper took nearly six years to complete with its grand opening taking place on 4 January 2010 to commensurate the 4th anniversary of Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid al Maktoum‚Äôs assumption into office as the Ruler of Dubai. It was on this day that the announcement was made that Dubai‚Äôs new iconic structure would now be called Burj Khalifa, in a gesture of gratitude towards Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, president of the UAE, for his support of the Emirate during the economic crisis of 2009.
Besides being the world‚Äôs tallest building, the Burj Khalifa (Burj Dubai) holds numerous other records. Here are just a few:
¬∑ Building with the most floors, a 163 in total.
¬∑ The world‚Äôs highest occupied floor within a building.
¬∑ World‚Äôs highest elevator installation.
¬∑ Highest vertical concrete pumping for a building, at 606 m.
¬∑ World‚Äôs highest restaurant, positioned on the 122nd floor.
¬∑ World‚Äôs highest nightclub, located on the 144th floor.
¬∑ World‚Äôs highest New Year‚Äôs fireworks display.
Here are some other interesting facts about the Burj Khalifa (Burj Dubai):
¬∑ The tower is a multi-use facility that includes commercial offices, corporate suites, residential apartments, and a hotel.
¬∑ The hotel inside the Burj Khalifa, is the first of 4 hotels to be designed and furnished by the famous Giorgio Armani.
¬∑ The structure includes a 4-story health and recreation facility, 1.2 million ft² beautifully landscaped garden and park with several water features, 2 tennis courts, a children‚Äôs playground, and a gourmet market and convenience store.
¬∑ An observatory deck is located on the 124th floor (second highest in the world) where visitors can take in the picturesque Dubai skyline from 442 metres up.
Situated at the base of the Burj Khalifa is the famous Dubai Fountain, one of Dubai‚Äôs most visited attractions. At a cost of over 800M AED ($217M USD), the famous fountain was designed by the same company that created the fountains at Bellagio in Las Vegas, although bigger and better. Spanning 275 metres long and shooting water as high as 150 metres, the Dubai Fountain is now considered the largest dancing fountain.
The structure also towers high above the world‚Äôs largest mall, the Dubai Mall, housing over 1200 shops and 12 popular entertainment venues, including the Dubai Aquarium and Zoo, Dubai Ice Rink, a 22-screen Cineplex, and the Kidzania and SEGA Republic entertainment centres.
Although the Name has Been Changed, Many Will Fondly Refer to the Tower as the Burj Dubai.
As one of the latest and greatest accomplishments in recent years, the Burj Dubai has made the Downtown District of Dubai one of the city‚Äôs finest. And with so much to do and see, and a wide variety of 4 and 5 Stars Hotels as well as quality Dubai apartments to choose from, Downtown Dubai is a great place to stay. Check out our amazing selection of accommodations. Our representatives are available via Live Chat and by phone 24/7 at 971 4 421 4988 to answer any questions or assist you with your booking.