Burj Khalifa


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Burj Khalifa

[Arab.,=Khalifa Tower], skyscraper in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, that is the tallest building in the world. The centerpiece of a large urban development, it stands 2,717 ft (828 m) high and has 160 floors. Designed by American architect Adrian Smith of the firm Skidmore, Owings and Merrill, the structure has a triple-lobed footprint derived from a native flower and becomes more slender as it rises to its spire by means of staggered setbacks. The exterior, clad in reflective glazing, with aluminum and textured stainless-steel spandrel panels and vertical stainless-steel fins, has patterns derived from Islamic architecture. Construction of the tower began in 2004 and was completed in 2009; known as Burj Dubai while under construction, it was renamed when it opened in 2010. A mixed-use building, the tower contains a luxury hotel, residential apartments, corporate offices, and suites.
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A mixed-use tower, Burj Khalifa has residences, offices, common areas, leisure attractions, and much more.
Fifty-five traffic directional signs will be installed at Burj Khalifa district and10 buses will be made available to take passengers to and from Al Jafiliya Metro Station.
Khalid Al Huraimel, Group Chief Executive Officer at Bee'ah, said, "Our long and proud commitment to the community has resulted in our geographic expansion within the UAE; Burj Khalifa represents a significant step forward in the company's vision as we expand further into Dubai and seek to strengthen our position as environmental leaders in the Middle East.
Speaking about the challenges that the Burj Khalifa poses, Al Huraimel said it represents one of the most sophisticated logistical systems in Bee'ah's portfolio, given that it has over 160 stories, 900 residences and 37 office floors.
If you can imagine that, then you can get a feeling for the vision that went into coming up with the Burj Khalifa, now open for over five years and officially the world's tallest tower, a whopping 300m-plus taller than the next nearest rival.
It said a Youtube user posted the video showing smoke that appears to be emanating from the Burj Khalifa.
The 'World's Largest LED-Illuminated Facade' around Burj Khalifa was the centre of all glitz as it regaled the teeming spectators with one of the world's brightest visual displays to date.
Burj Khalifa bagged the laurel from Canton Tower in Guangzhou, T China, which held the record for its observation deck at 488 metres (1,601 ft) high.
Develop Emaar Properties has opened a premium lounge for its 'At the Top, Burj Khalifa Sky' experience, located on the 148th floor, at 555 metres.
Even without its vanity height, Burj Khalifa with a highest occupied floor of 585 metres would still be the tallest in the world if all the other buildings were also considered only by their highest occupied floor.
While it remains the record holder as the tallest building in the world, Dubai's Burj Khalifa is losing ground as the city's best
Some might be struck by fear of heights or vertigo, exposed on an open-air ladder atop Burj Khalifa, but the camera-courting star was pefectly comfortable conquering the world's highest tower in full view, posing for the flashing lenses and hogging the record books.