Dubai inaugurated Burj Dubai, the world’s tallest building, with a spectacular display of sound, light, water and fireworks on Monday.
Burj Dubai, a development of Emaar properties, stands at more than 800 meters (2,625 ft) high with 160 storeys, making it the tallest man-made structure ever built.
Construction of the Burj Dubai began in September 2004 and was completed in October at a cost of around $4.1 billion.
The tower breaks several world records, including the tallest skyscraper to the top of the spire, the tallest structure and the building with the most floors, a record that was previously held by the two World Trade Center buildings which had 110 floors each. It will also be the world’s tallest structure to include residential space.
Burj Dubai in numbers:
1>The spire of the tower can be seen from 95 kilometers away.
2>The building will include 160 luxury hotel rooms and suites.
3>During construction, concrete was pumped vertically to a height of 605 meters, breaking a world record for concrete pumping.
4>The main service elevator travels a distance of 504 meters.
5>The building will include 49 office floors and 1,044 residential apartments.
6>Burj Dubai has 57 elevators.
7>It has 3,000 underground parking spaces.
8>The tower’s service lift has a capacity of lifting 5,500 kilograms.
9>31,400 metric tons of steel reinforcing bar was used in the construction.
10>28,261 glass cladding panels make up the exterior of the tower and its two annexes
11>15,000 liters of water were collected from the tower’s cooling equipment and will be used for landscaping irrigation.
12>The floor of the tower houses the 900-foot-long Dubai Fountain, the world’s tallest operating fountain.
13>During the peak of construction there were 12,000 workers on site.
14>The price of office space at Burj Dubai will be around $4,000 per square foot.
Updated on Jan 5th 2009:
Burj Dubai, now has been renamed to Burj Khalifa, when it was inaugurated today i.e. 4th January 2010 in honour of the current President of the UAE and ruler of Abu Dhabi, Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed al Nahyan.
The Burj Khalifa isn’t just a single thing, apart from that tall standing skyscraper, there is a fountain named Dubai Fountain, which has 6600 lights and water forced upto 150 mts height.