Burj Khalifa is the tallest building in the world with a height of 828 meters or 2716.5 feet so hear some facts about it:
- It has 163 floors above ground and only one floor located below the ground. It has 58 functional elevators that operate at a top speed of 10 meters per second so you shouldn’t be worried about the time you will spend going up and down the floors.
- It has 2957 parking spaces, 300 hotels and 900 apartments.
- Its original name was Burj Dubai. But it was renamed to Burj Khalifa on the inauguration day after Abu Dhabi’s Sheikh Khalifa provided Dubai with a $10billion bailout to pay its debt.
- In the district around this behemoth of a tower there are dozens of “supertall” structures including the Address Hotel (302 meters tall) and the JW Marriott Marquis with a height of 355 making it tallest hotel in the world, but they all appear as dwarfs due to Burj Khalifa’s size.
- The tower also holds world records for: the tallest free standing building, the highest occupied floor, the highest number of stories, the longest travel distance elevators and finally the tallest service elevator.
- 22 million man-hours, 55,000-ton steel rebar and 110,000-ton concrete were used to complete the construction of the tower in 6 years.
- The amount concrete used in the tower weighs as much as 100,000 elephants.
- So much rebar was used that if it’s laid down piece by piece it would cover quarter of the total way across the globe.
- The building has a specially designed elevator system for controlled evacuation during emergency situations like security threats or fire.
- The design of the tower is inspired by the Hymenocallis flower. It’s name means membrane beauty in Greek.
- Burj Khalifa regularly harnesses the forces of nature to stage a lightning show, making it one of the most conspicuous lightning conductors in the world.
Written by: Osama Waheib