Facts about Burj Khalifa

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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

March 5, 2016

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