Saturday, January 9, 2010

BURJ KHALIFA - Top of the World

Burj Khalifa
Also Known As: Burj Dubai or Dubai Tower
Location: Dubai, United Arab Emirates
Developer: Emaar Properties
Architect: Adrian Smith, Skidmore, Owings, & Merrill (SOM)
Structural Engineer: Bill Baker at SOM, Samsung C&T (Primary), followed by Besix and Arabtech
Contractor: Construction Grocon, Planning: Bauer AG and Middle East Foundations, Lift Contractor: Otis, VT Consultants: Lerch Bates
Year: Officially opened January 4, 2010
Height: 828 meters / 2,717 feet (including the spire)
Stories: 162 (160 Habitable floors plus 46 maintenance levels in the spire and 2 parking levels in the basement

About the Burj Khalifa:
Originally named Burj Dubai (or Dubai Tower), the soaring skyscraper is now called Burj Khalifa, after Khalifa Bin Zayed, the president of the United Arab Emirates.
Dubai has been a showplace for innovative buildings, and the Burj Khalifa shatters world records for building height. The skyscraper is much taller than the previous no.1 Taiwan's Taipei 101, which rises 508 meters (1,667 feet).
19th January 2004, Dubai announced Burj Dubai to the world with the claim, ‘History Rising’ and after almost 6 years history has most certainly ‘risen’.
Burj Khalifa will soon be transformed into a vibrant community for thousands of residents, employees, hotel guests and tourists. Up to 12,000 people will live, work and play inside the world’s tallest building.

The tower is the focal point of the 500-acre master planned community Downtown Burj Khalifa, which is widely described as the most prestigious square kilometer on earth.

When construction work was at its most intense, more than 12,000 people from over 100 countries were working every day at the Burj Khalifa site. In total, Burj Khalifa took 22 million man hours to build. It certainly shows what can be achieved when people from all over the world come together to strive for a common purpose.

Burj Khalifa set many world records during the journey of its construction, it raised its bar and certainly reached way above the others, like greatest of greats, Master Blaster Mr. Sachin Tendulkar has been doing in the world of Cricket.

On the 124th floor, observation deck at ‘From the Earth to the Sky’ section of tour, Burj Khalifa offers 360-degree views of the world from the top of the world.
During a time of economic slowdown, the Burj Khalifa has become an icon for wealth and progress in Dubai.
Burj Khalifa is the development’s crowing glory in every sense, a building that has pushed the boundaries of design and engineering further than many thought possible.

(All statistics and records of Burj Khalifa taken from wikipedia)

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