The Burj Khalifa The Burj Khalifa The so-called "megatall" skyscraper, which stands 828 meters (2,716 feet, or more than half a mile) tall, also has the world's tallest observation deck and the world's longest elevator travel. It is located in Downtown Dubai, United Arab Emirates, near the Dubai Fountain.
The building was designed by British architect Sir Norman Foster with input from several other architects. It started construction in 2004 and was completed in 2010. At its opening, it was the world's tallest building for four years until the completion of the Shanghai Tower in China. It remains the largest building in terms of floor space by far, however. Created as a monument to wealth and prosperity, the Burj Khalifa includes a number of unique features including a large central atrium called the Grand Hall that houses the Dubai Mall within its dome.
The top of the tower offers an incredible view of Dubai, including the city's skyline with its hundreds of buildings over 40 floors high.
You can take the elevator up to the top of the tower for a fee of about AED 150 (US$40). There are also two outdoor observation decks: one at 818 m (2,718 ft), the other at 834 m (2,731 ft).
The Burj Khalifa Burj Khalifa rises above Dubai at a height of 829.8 meters, necessitating the development of innovative building processes. It holds several records, including the tallest extant structure, the highest elevator in the world, and the skyscraper with the most floors. The building's design includes energy-efficient features such as solar panels on its roof.
Dubai has been ranked as the smartest city in the Arab World and the second-smartest in Africa after Cairo. The city-state has also been named the best place in the Middle East for business opportunities by Forbes magazine.
In 2014, Dubai announced that it was creating three new special districts: Downtown Dubai, Emirates Hills, and The Palm Jumeirah. The aim is to make these areas world-class destinations by 2020. There will be a total of 500,000 new residential units built in these districts over the next 10 years.
Downtown Dubai is set to become the world's largest shopping center with more than 250,000 square meters of retail space. It is expected to attract 15 million visitors a year by 2020. The area will include the world's first pedestrian-only street, Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Boulevard.
Emirates Hills will be a community of luxury apartments located on the outskirts of Dubai. They will be surrounded by nature and have excellent schools and hospital facilities.
The Burj Khalifa, at over 828 meters (2,716.5 ft) and more than 160 floors, holds the following records: The world's highest structure. The tallest freestanding building in the world. The largest reinforced concrete structure in the world.
Other notable buildings include the Arabian Ranches Central Park, which is a master-planned community that features an 18-hole golf course by Pete Dye and will be the first residential development in Florida to be awarded LEED® Gold certification from the U.S. Green Building Council. And finally, there's the Jumeirah Lake Towers, which is comprised of three interconnected high-rise buildings with 553 apartments.
All together, these buildings stand for humanity's greatest achievements in engineering and design. No other city on Earth can match them stride for stride.
And now, they're even taller! The owners of the site have granted permission for another skyscraper, called "The Tower," to go up next door. It will be another record holder - this time for height rather than volume. The Tower is expected to be around 500 meters (1,640 feet) tall.
People in Dubai seem to love recording milestones and setting new standards, so we can expect to see many more towering structures being built soon.