Burj Khalifa a defiance of gravity
Burj Khalifa is, at 828 meters high (2,716.5 feet) the highest building in the world. It is located in Dubai, a city situated on the Persian Gulf and one of the largest in UAE (United Arab Emirates).
Some facts about the Burj Khalifa:
The construction of Burj Khalifa took almost 6 years. It began in September 2004 and ended in January 2010.
The Burj Khalifa is three times as tall as the Eiffel Tower and nearly twice as tall as the Empire State Building.
The weight of the concrete is equivalent to 100,000 elephants. The total weight of aluminium used on Burj Khalifa is equivalent to that of five A380 aircraft.
Burj in Arabic means tower and this tower was formerly known as Burj Dubai or The Tower of Dubai and the name was changed to Burj Khalifa by the owner in honor of the present President of the UAE, Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan.
It has the longest single running elevator, which goes up to 140 floors. The elevators go at 10 meters per second and are among the fastest in the world. It takes approximately one minute to reach the observation deck on the 124th floor.
The tip of the sphere of the Burj Khalifa can be seen up to 95 kilometres away.
At the peak of construction, 12,000 workers worked on the building per day.
Burj Khalifa is designed to resemble the Hymenocallis flower as the central core emerges at the top and culminates in a sculpted sphere.
Burj Khalifa is so tall that you can watch the sunset from the base of the building, get into an elevator, go right to the top and watch the sunset all over again.