The Burj Khalifa is a modern engineering marvel. At 828 meters (2,716.5 feet) tall it soars over Dubai at a height that is nearly twice that of the Empire State building and a staggering three times as tall as the world famous Eiffel Tower. If you had to deconstruct it down to each individual component and lay those end to end it would reach a quarter of the way around the globe.
Here are some more interesting and fascinating facts about the world’s tallest building:
Burj Khalifa Fun Facts
#1 More World Records.
The Burj Khalifa isn’t just the highest building in the world – it also proudly holds some other world records. It has the highest observation deck of any building on the globe, it also has an elevator that travels the furthest of any in the world.
The concrete that was used for the construction of the Burj Khalifa weighs about as much as 100,000 African elephants – that’s heavy man.
#3 Speedy Service.
The Burj Khalifa’s elevator runs up to the 140th floor and moves at around 10 meters a second. This means that you will reach the observation deck on the 124th floor in approximately one minute.
#4 Curve ball.
If you stand 95 kilometers away you can still see the tip of the Burj Khalifa above the curvature of the Earth.
#5 Time Is Of The Essence.
It took six years to complete the Burj Khalifa which was started in January 2004.
#6 Work Ethic.
At the height of the scramble to get the tower completed there were around 12,000 workers all active on the site at the same time.
#7 Eco Friendly.
The designers behind the tower made sure that the building would be eco friendly. In a country which is primarily desert water usage is tightly controlled. The Burj Khalifa does its bit by collecting water on the rare occasions when rain does fall. The building collects around 15 million gallons of water for sustainable use every year.
#8 High Flyer.
If you took all the aluminium that was used in the construction of the Burj Khalifa and delivered it to aircraft manufacturer Airbus they could make five state of the art A380 passenger aircraft.
#9 Best View.
The Burj Khalifa also gives one lucky owner the best view in the world. The building holds the record for the highest occupied floor in the world.
#10 No Easy Feat.
Building the Burj Khalifa was a massive effort. Once the final piece was in place it was calculated that it had taken 22 million man hours to erect the tallest free standing structure in the world – a feat that not only the architects, but also Dubai itself is justifiably proud of.
Although it’s only a matter of time before another building eclipses the Burj Khalifa as the tallest in the world this engineering miracle can, at least for the moment revel in its status as one of the great modern wonders of the architectural world.