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Mind-Blowing Facts about the Burj Khalifa

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The Burj Khalifa is a popular tourist attraction and towers over the other buildings in the Dubai skyline. Not only is it the world’s tallest building, but it also breaks a host of other records. 

The Burj Khalifa stands at a staggering 828 meters (2716.5 feet) tall making it impossible to miss, in fact, the tip of the sphere of the Burj Khalifa can be seen from up to 95 kilometres away. It is nearly twice as tall as the Empire State Building.  Its cloud-piercing height is not the only astonishing thing about the Burj Khalifa. 

Apart from the fact that it is the tallest, the Burj Khalifa also breaks records like the tallest freestanding structure in the world, highest number of stories in the world, highest occupied floor in the world,  highest outdoor observation deck in the world, elevator with longest travel distance in the world, and the tallest service elevator in the world. The temperature difference at the highest point on the Burj Khalifa and ground-level differs by nearly 15°C (59°C).

It took more than 110,000 tons of concrete, 55,000 tons of steel rebar, and 22 million man-hours to complete the Burj Khalifa. To give you a better idea, the weight of the concrete is equivalent to 100,000 elephants and the aluminium used on the Burj Khalifa is equivalent to that of five A380 aircraft. The architecture of Burj Khalifa is inspired by traditional Islamic building designs and by the spider lily, a desert flower cultivated throughout the UAE. We recommend you tour the Burj Khakifa when you’re in Dubai because no words can truly capture the majestic and larger-than-life nature of the structure.

The Burj, unfortunately, will lose its status as the tallest building when the Kingdom Tower in Jeddah opens in 2021. The Kingdom Tower is expected to exceed over 1000 metres compared to Burj Khalifa’s 828 meters. 

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