The Burj Khalifa in Dubai holds a number of records under its belt, including the recognition for being the tallest building in the world today. To Dubai and its people, the Burj Khalifa is more than just a structure: it is an icon to the luxury and wealth of the United Arab Emirates. But there are still a lot of things about the Burj Khalifa that are unknown to the average person. Here we discover what the Burj Khalifa means to Dubai and the interesting facts about the building.

History and Construction

Dubai is an emerging region in the Middle East, perhaps even in the whole world. It’s set to challenge the world’s city centers like a shining gem in the desert. During the construction boom in Dubai, which looked to bring it significance, the Burj Khalifa was conceptualized. Started in 2004, this skyscraper took five years to create, employing at least 12,000 workers per day. It was initially called the Burj Dubai but was changed to its current name in honor of the ruler of Abu Dhabi and the President of the United Arab Emirates, Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan. The Burj Khalifa was part of the Downtown Dubai project, which is a mixed-use area developed in Dubai.

Current World Records

Aside from being the tallest building in the world, the Burj Khalifa has a number of world records associated with it.

The Burj Khalifa holds the record for being the tallest building in the world. With its height of 828 meters or 2,717 ft., it beats the Shanghai Tower (632 meters) with a margin of 196 meters. Here is an illustration of the tallest buildings in the world so you can get an idea of how tall Burj Khalifa is:

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It also holds the record for the tallest free-standing structure in the world. A free-standing structure must not be held by any kind of support such as drilling platforms and guyed masts. It could include skyscrapers, towers, and chimneys. In this case, the Burj Khalifa has bested the Tokyo Skyfree, which is a television tower in Japan.

Apart from being a tall structure, it also has the highest number of stories in the world at 163 floors. In this category, it overtakes the Shanghai Tower’s 128 floors while also having the record of the highest occupied floor in the world.

Its observation deck is also deemed as the highest in the world at 555 meters. Being on this observation deck feels majestic as it offers a panoramic view of the Persian Gulf.

Constructing a tall building means installing an elevator with the longest travel distance in the world, making it the tallest service elevator in the world. You might think that going up and down the Burj Khalifa will take a long time, but you’ll be surprised as the elevator can go as fast as 10 meters per second.  In this video, you can see the speed by which the elevator went down from the 121st floor to the first floor:

A Building of Many Things

What is the Burj Khalifa? Is it a hotel? An office building? A residential tower? Well, it is all these things and many more.

There are office spaces for sale in the Burj Khalifa, mainly in its Corporate Suites. As a community in itself, it features residential units for rent or for sale at the Residences and Exclusive Armani Residences (which is a hotel designed by Giorgio Armani himself), four luxurious swimming pools, a gourmet market, and the World’s highest observatory with an outdoor deck. There are also many things you can see and do inside and outside the World’s Tallest Building, specifically in the Downtown Dubai area.

These are just a few facts about Burj Khalifa. Everything else to discover is up to you. The best way to see or know more about Burj Khalifa is to buy a home in Dubai, specifically in the Downtown Dubai area. You can check out For Est Real Estate’s vast property listings and choose a property near the Burj Khalifa or in the Downtown Dubai area. For Est Real Estate’s licensed professionals are ready to assist you.