At over 828 metres (2,716.5 feet) and more than 160 stories, Burj Khalifa holds the following records:
• Tallest building in the world
• Tallest free-standing structure in the world
• Highest number of stories in the world
• Highest occupied floor in the world
• Highest outdoor observation deck in the world
• Elevator with the longest travel distance in the world
• Tallest service elevator in the world
Not only is Burj Khalifa the world’s tallest building, it has also broken two other impressive records: tallest structure, previously held by the KVLY-TV mast in Blanchard, North Dakota, and tallest free-standing structure, previously held by Toronto’s CN Tower. The Chicago-based Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat (CTBUH) has established 3 criteria to determine what makes a tall building tall. Burj Khalifa wins by far in all three categories.
Height to architectural top
Height is measured from the level of the lowest, significant, open-air, pedestrian entrance to the architectural top of the building. This includes spires, but does not include antennae, signage, flagpoles or other functional-technical equipment. This measurement is the most widely used and is used to define the Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat rankings of the Tallest Buildings in the World.
Highest occupied floor
Height is measured from the level of the lowest, significant, open-air, pedestrian entrance to the highest continually occupied floor within the building. Maintenance areas are not included.
Height to tip
Height is measured from the level of the lowest, significant, open-air, pedestrian entrance to the highest point of the building, irrespective of material or function of the highest element. This includes antennae, flagpoles, signage and other functional-technical equipment.
Burj Khalifa excavation commenced in January 2004.
4 January 2010: Burj Khalifa’s official launch ceremony is held and Burj Khalifa is opened. Burj Dubai is renamed Burj Khalifa in honour of the President of the UAE and ruler of Abu Dhabi, Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed al Nahyan. Burj Khalifa was finished in only 6 years!
If you want to visit the Observation deck and see all Dubai in your feet, you can book your tickets online – it is a better option if you do not like to wait in long queues. Once you enter you will see the small model, which resembles Burj Khalifa and read all the facts and history about the building.
Then you need to wait a little bit before you go up in the elevator and will be shown an interesting images from the UAE history.
Once you reach the elevator your heart will start beating faster and faster… It will take less than a minute to reach the Observation deck on 124 Floor!
Take a souvenir before you leave and head up to Dubai Mall, just next to Burj Khalifa – one of the biggest Malls in the world.
In the evening you can watch the sunset from one of the posh restaurants in Dubai Mall, or enjoy the unforgettable show of the dancing fountains in front of Burj Khalifa – the highest fountains in the world.
Do not forget to stop by the remarkable Address Hotel, just next to Dubai Mall.