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Visit the Tallest Building in the World

Visit the Tallest Building in the World

Located on the Persian Gulf, Dubai was formally established in 1833. Dubai is a global city and one of the most expensive in the world. It is the seventh most visited city in the world. It is growing rapidly, and one of the best examples of that growth is the Burj Khalifa. The original name for the building was suggested as ‘Burj Dubai’ but was later renamed in the honor of the ruler of Abu Dhabi and also the President of United Arab Emirates, Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan. To build the tallest skyscraper in the world, the money was flowed by the Governments of UAE and Abu Dhabi and which broke numerous height records which are also the tallest tower in the World. The Burj Khalifa, completed in 2010, stands at 2,722-feet tall and is by far the largest building in the world.

Design of the Building

The Burj Khalifa was designed by Adrian Smith, who then worked at Skidmore, Owings and Merrill (SOM), the first which has a distinction in building the world-class structure like that of Willis Tower and One World Trade Center. The design incorporates Islamic architecture and is modeled after the hymenocallis, a desert flower native to Dubai. Its foundation has a triple-lobed shape. There are 163 floors and an observation deck sits at the 124th, some 452 meters high. Tickets for the observation deck typically sell out days in advance. It is open daily from 10 AM to 1 AM. The building has a total of 57 elevators and 8 escalators. There are nine hotels on site. The ground floor expands into the world’s largest shopping center, the Dubai Mall, from which you can catch the elevator, which travels at 10 meters per second, up to the observation deck, where you will find an exquisite view of the city and a multimedia presentation of its history and on the history of the building’s construction. Tours “At the Top” last about an hour, but you can stay on the observation deck as long as you like.

Construction of the Building

The Construction of the Burj Khalifa was carried out by the renowned South Korean Construction giant Samsung C&T who have also built the Petronas Twin Tower and the Taipei 101. It entered into a Joint Venture with Besix from Belgium and Arabtec from UAE to complete the task.

The Arena of the Burj Khalifa

Not only does the building contain absolutely mesmerizing beauty, the surroundings have also been beautified with immense care. Outside of the building, several projects were incorporated such as The Observation Deck, the Dubai Foundation as well as the Burj Khalifa Park attracting a lot of tourists to them. The tower is surrounded by a 27-acre park. There are six major water features, gardens, walkways, and pools. Nearby, you can find many fine hotels, including the Burj Al Arab, a 7-star luxury hotel, the world’s largest flower garden, Dubai Miracle Garden, the world’s largest dancing fountain, the Dubai Fountain, and many food options, ranging from shwarma stands to fine dining restaurants.

 

 

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