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20 Facts About Burj Khalifa

by Sankalan Baidya
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Burj Khalifa – world’s tallest building is marvel of architectural genius of 21st century. Talk of its height or look at its design, this building is all set to leave you awestruck! Breaking several records and bagging new world records, this building sets global standards for affluence. Here are 20 interesting facts about Burj Khalifa that will make you utter only one word – “awesome!”

20 Interesting Facts About Burj Khalifa

1. Burj Khalifa is the tallest building in the world with an architectural height of 2716.5 feet or 828.0 meters. Its occupied height (height of the floor occupied by people) is 1918 feet or 584.5 meters. Its total height measured from its tip is 2723 feet or 829.8 meters.

2. The observatory deck of the building is located at a height of 1483 feet or 452.1 meters.

3. There are 163 floors located above the ground and it has only one floor located below the ground. It has 58 functional elevators that run at a top speed of 10 meters per second. Burj Khalifa boast 2957 parking spaces, 304 hotels and 900 apartments.

4. The Gross Floor Area of the tower is 3,331,140 ft2 or 309,473 m2. The Gross Floor Area is the area within the footprint of the tower and does not include connected buildings and adjoining podiums.

5. The developer/owner of the tower is Emaar and its design architect is Skidmore Owings & Merill and architect of record is Hyder Consulting.

6. MEP (mechanical, electrical and plumbing) engineer as well as structural engineer is Skidmore Owings & Merill.

7. Turner Construction was the project manager for Burj Khalifa while Besix, Arabtec and Samsung C&T Corporation were its main contractors. Dow Corning Corporation supplied sealants for the tower while Otis Elevator Company supplied the elevators.

8. Located in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, this tower was initially named as Burj Dubai. The building was proposed in 2003 but construction work started in 2004 and was completed in 2010.

9. Burj Khalifa is the tallest tower in Dubai, UAE, Middle East and World. It is 3 times as tall as Eiffel Tower and two times taller than Empire State Building.

10. The tower also holds world records for: ‘tallest free standing building’, ‘highest occupied floor’, ‘highest number of stories’, ‘longest travel distance elevators’, ‘tallest service elevator’ and ‘second highest outdoor observatory deck’. Record for highest outdoor observation deck is now held by Canton Tower which was officially opened in December 2011.

11. Total aluminum used in the tower weighs as much as 5 A380 aircraft. Total concrete used in the tower weighs as much as 100,000 elephants.

12. During peak construction days, 12,000 workers were engaged every day.

13. ’22 million man-hours’, ‘55,000-ton steel rebar’ and ‘110,000-ton concrete’ were used to complete the construction of the tower in 6 years.

14. Skidmore Owings & Merill is an American architect firm and they developed the structural system called ‘buttressed core’ that supports 163 floors of the building.

15. So much rebar was used in the construction of Burj Khalifa that if they were laid down end-to-end, the total length would be one-quarter of the total way across the globe.

16. 26,000 glass panels cut individually were used to create the exterior of the building. 300 Chinese cladding experts worked together to design a cladding system for the tower that could withstand Dubai’s summer heat.

17. Burj Khalifa requires a supply of 250,000 gallons of water each day and total electricity consumption of the building is equivalent to the electricity consumed by 360,000 bulbs of 100-watt each burning at the same time.

18. The building has a specially designed elevator system for controlled evacuation during emergency situations like security threats or fire.

19. The building has 12 machines of 13 tons each moving along tracks constructed outside the building. 36 cleaners board these machines to clean the 24,000 reflective windows of the tower.

20. The design of the tower is inspired by the shape of Hymenocallis flower. The flower is known for its long petals extending out from its center.

Please note that all heights are measured from the lowest level of open air, significant, pedestrian entrance. Underground floors are not included in the measurement. The total cost of building Burj Khalifa was $1.5 billion.

Sources: 1, 2, 3, 4

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23 comments

PAVAN February 11, 2017 - 9:46 am

Hello Sankalan,
Wonderful article.It was nice to read.Burj Khalifa is world’s tallest building.It is a must watch place.
It’s construction was started in 2004 and was completed 5 years later in 2009.It was designed by adrian smith.
It was opened on 4th january 2010.
It has 163 grounds above the ground.
Thank you,
Have a great day ahead.

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bonny February 14, 2017 - 12:33 pm

we need one in uganda

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bonny 2 February 22, 2017 - 3:50 pm

i need one in madagascar too

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bonny 3 February 22, 2017 - 3:53 pm

i need one in malasia also

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Sharif June 24, 2017 - 6:12 pm

Right bony. Indeed we do.

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prasanth February 18, 2017 - 11:56 am

What is the Floor space Index of this building??

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sammy July 4, 2017 - 12:17 pm

Gorgeous Burj Dubai

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sammy July 4, 2017 - 12:18 pm

This is the wonder of the world

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Kalai October 26, 2017 - 5:30 am

Awsome facts…is very nice

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Butt October 27, 2017 - 12:35 am

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Sankalan Baidya October 27, 2017 - 12:45 am

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Rudy W. Rivers Jr. February 9, 2018 - 3:56 am

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gulshan February 11, 2018 - 3:16 pm

burj khalifa is fantastic

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Nick April 13, 2018 - 11:53 pm

make more facts

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coop May 16, 2019 - 12:04 am

cool site, wish there was more facts though, had to look other places for things i needed

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Sankalan Baidya May 16, 2019 - 12:14 am

Hey Coop,

We are sorry to know that there weren’t as many facts as you wanted. We have changed our methods and now we are trying to include as many facts as possible. It is always the feedback from valued readers like you that help us to improve every day. Thank you! Keep coming back. In case you need facts on any specific topic that we have not covered yet, you can always shoot us an email and request the same. Here is our email id: admin@factslegend.org.

Have a great day!

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Sankalan Baidya October 23, 2019 - 8:41 pm

Hello… We are sorry for not responding earlier. Thank you so much for liking our website and putting in the good words.

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