Burj Dubai is as of now the world’s tallest building!
The world’s tallest building held its opening today in the United Arab Emirates’ largest city, Dubai.
The newly-opened Burj Dubai, meaning Dubai tower, is a multiple record breaker.
As well as becoming the tallest building in the world, the skyscraper is the tallest structure and boasts the most storeys and highest occupied floor. Its 124th floor outdoor observation deck is also the world’s highest, and its elevators will travel the longest distance.
The $1.5bn tower is about twice the size of the Empire State Building and its construction took thousands of workers six years to complete.
- The Burj, which stands at more than 828m high (2,716ft) and has more than 162 inhabitable floors, can be seen from 60 miles away
- The top of the building features a public observation deck and shop. The world’s highest mosque and swimming pool are located on the 158th and 76th floors
- The tapering spire is made out of reinforced concrete, steel, stainless steel and glass. The exterior cladding of reflective glazing is designed to withstand Dubai’s extreme summer temperatures
- The building contains more than 1,000 apartments and 49 floors of office space, served by 57 lifts. There are a total of four swimming pools and a private library
- A 160-room hotel carrying the Georgio Armani logo will occupy the lower part of the tower
- The foundations were dug to depths of 50m (164 ft).
It was opened for public on Monday. The opening ceremony is being attended by some 6,000 guests.
It was just held 1,325 days after excavation work started way back in year 2004. Its construction began at the height of an economic boom.
Sheikh Mohammed unveiled a plaque inside the tower naming it Burj Khalifa, after the president of the United Arab Emirates and emir of Abu Dhabi, Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahayan. The tower was revealed to be 828m (2716ft) high.