Must-know Burj Khalifa Facts
Dubai’s landscape is renowned for featuring awe-inspiring landmarks. Amidst the Palm Islands, Dubai Marina structures and Burj Al Arab is the Burj Khalifa, arguably the most popular one. The tallest building in the world is a testament to the architectural prowess, willpower, and scientific capability of mankind. Every year, millions of people from around the world flock to Dubai to witness the magnanimity and glory of Burj Khalifa. However, there is still a lot that people do not know about this building. Here are some interesting facts about the Burj Khalifa.
Burj Khalifa Facts
- Construction went on for about six years, from 2004 to 2009 when the exterior was completed
- Burj Khalifa holds the record for having the most number of levels in a single structure – it has 160 floors.
- It was initially called Burj Dubai, but was later renamed as Burj Khalifa in honor of Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, the ruler of Abu Dhabi and President of UAE
- The Burj Khalifa boasts the highest outdoor observation deck in the world from where you can see almost the entirety of the city
- Burj Khalifa also has the world’s fastest elevator which covers the longest travel distance. You may hear your ears pop on your way up.
- The weight of concrete used to build the Burj Khalifa is equivalent to the weight of 100,000 elephants. The amount of aluminum used is equivalent to 5 Airbus A380 aircrafts.
- As part of its attempt to remain sustainable, the Burj Khalifa reuses 15 million gallons of water in the fountain, to water the landscaping plants, and in the cooling system
- The Burj Khalifa is so tall that you can see it from 59 miles (95 km) away! That is like being able to see the Statue of Liberty from New Haven, CT.
- At the peak of its construction, over 12,000 people worked on the Burj Khalifa
- The Burj Khalifa has been designed to resemble a Hymenocallis flower from the top