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  • Philipp Schmid

Burj Khalifa – The tallest building on Earth

When you hear the name Burj Khalifa, I’m sure everyone knows that it is the tallest building on Earth. But how did it come to this? Well today, I will be telling you all about it.

The Burj Khalifa, formerly known as the Burj Dubai, is 830 meters high and is in Dubai, UAE. The name Burj Khalifa means “Khalifa Tower”, and it is named after the leader of Abu Dhabi, Sheikh Khalifa ibn Zayed Al Nahyan, in honor of him. The tower will eventually house up to 12.000 people and is meant to last for approximately 100 years. Its construction started in 2004, aiming to surpass Taipei 101, the tallest skyscraper at the time. Originally, the purpose of the Burj Khalifa was to house numbers of residential, commercial and hotel ventures, besides being the tallest building, but that’s mostly what it’s known for. Its exterior was finished in 2009, but the building opened in 2010. The Burj Khalifa was designed by the American architect Adrian Smith, who also designed the Sears Tower, and his team. The building has 163 habitable floors, and it takes 2909 stairs to reach floor 160, and you need to climb a ladder for floors 161, 162 and 163. Now you may wonder if you can stay in the Burj Khalifa overnight. The answer is yes, and it is very luxurious. One of the nine hotels in the Burj is the Armani Hotel Dubai, which is the first hotel developed and designed by fashion icon Giorgio Armani. There are also many other cool features in the building, like the world's highest swimming pool, which is on the 76th floor. Over the years, the Burj Khalifa has also collected some records, other than being the tallest building: Tallest freestanding building in the world, highest number of stories, highest occupied floor in the world, highest outdoor observation deck in the world, elevator with longest travel distance and the tallest elevator service in the world.

Fun Facts:

-The Burj Khalifa has 24348 windows, and to clean all of them, it takes 36 workers 3-4 months to clean all the exterior windows.

-Its design was inspired by the Hymenocallis flower

-The amount of concrete used to build the Burj Khalifa weighs as much as 100.000 elephants

-Approximately 10.000 people are in the Burj Khalifa at any given time, and it can fit up to 35.000 people at max

- In May 2008, professional base jumpers Hervé Le Gallou and David McDonnell entered Burj Khalifa dressed as engineers, and jumped off a balcony that was on the 160th floor.

-The Burj Khalifa will not be the tallest building in a few years anymore, since the Jeddah Towers construction will be resumed soon, and it is set to be 1000 meters tall.

I hope this article has helped you learn a bit more about the Burj Khalifa, and maybe you might go there!

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