Burj Khalifa Facts

Burj Khalifa Facts
The Burj Khalifa, located in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, is the tallest artificial structure in the world, and the world's tallest building, standing at 2,722 feet. Construction of the Burj Khalifa began on January 6th, 2004, and its exterior was completed on October 1st, 2009. The building opened officially on January 4th, 2010. It was designed by Skidmore, Owings & Merill (SOM) and was originally named the Burj Dubai. It was built as the centerpiece to a development that would include hotels, homes, parkland, the Dubai Mall, and a man-made lake. Burj Khalifa was built to diversify the economy of Dubai to being tourism-based instead of relying mostly on oil. The original name of Burj Dubai was changed to Burj Khalifa in honor of Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, the president of the United Arab Emirates.
Interesting Burj Khalifa Facts:
Burj Khalifa is 2,717 feet tall to the roof, not including the tip, and 2.722 feet tall including the tip.
The top floor of Burj Khalifa is at level 154, and the observatory is at level 148.
There are a total of 154 usable floors in Burj Khalifa, with an additional 9 floors for maintenance, and 2 levels below ground floor used for parking.
The Burj Khalifa has a usable floor space of 3,331,100 square feet.
There are 55 single deck elevators in the Burj Khalifa and 2 double deck elevators.
The Burj Khalifa holds many records including the tallest building ever built, the building with the most floors, highest occupied floor, highest observation deck, highest outdoor observation deck, highest nightclub, highest restaurant, and the highest New Year's Eve fireworks display.
The Burj Khalifa has the second highest swimming pool in the world, at the 76th floor.
The aluminum used in the construction of the Burj Khalifa weighs the same as five A380 aircraft.
The concrete used to build the Burj Khalifa would equal the weight of 100,000 elephants.
On its busiest construction days the Burj Khalifa employed 12,000 workers. They clocked 22 million hours of work in total.
There was so much rebar used to build the Burj Khalifa that if it were to be laid on the ground end-to-end it would stretch one-quarter of the distance around the world.
The exterior of the Burj Khalifa has 26,000 glass panels, designed by 300 Chinese cladding experts who had to ensure that the exterior would withstand the high heat of the summer in Dubai.
It takes 36 cleaners aboard 12 machines on tracks on the exterior of the Burj Khalifa to clean the windows.
The Burj Khalifa is almost twice the height of the Empire State Building in New York City, and it is three times the height of the Eiffel Tower in Paris, France.
The Burj Khalifa can collect 15 million gallons of water in a sustainable way each year.
The elevators in the Burj Khalifa run 140 floors making them the longest single running elevators in the world.
The design of the Burj Khalifa is meant to resemble the Hymenocallis flower, with a sculpted spire at the top.

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