The tallest building in the world, the Burj Khalifa, turns 10

The Burj Khalifa, also known as the ‘Vertical City’, was inaugurated on January 4, 2010, coinciding with the fourth anniversary of the Accession Day of Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum as ruler of Dubai.

With its 828 meters, it uprooted the Taipei 101 tower (508 meters), in Taiwan, as the tallest building in the world.

The tower has luxurious residences, offices and also leisure and wellness facilities, such as the At the Top experience, Burj Khalifa SKY, which offers a 360 degree view of the city and is considered the tallest observation deck with outdoor terrace planet.

In addition, on the 122nd floor is the At.Mosphere haute cuisine restaurant, the highest in the world, where you can taste first class cuisine while enjoying the panoramic view.

The Hymenocallis desert flower served as inspiration for the construction of the super structure that honors the city with the union of art, engineering and meticulous craftsmanship. The Council On Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat has described it as a «global icon», a recognition that is granted only once every 10 or 15 years.

The construction of the more than 200 floors lasted only 1,325 days. Excavation work began in January 2004 and a total of 330,000 cubic meters of concrete, 39,000 tons of steel armor, 103,000 square meters of glass and 15,500 square meters of embossed stainless steel were used to lift it.

DUBAI, A CITY OF RECORDS

Dubai is a city of records. At the same foot of the Burj Khalifa, is the Dubai Mall, the largest shopping, entertainment and leisure destination on the planet and the Dubai Fountains, the largest system of choreographed fountains in the world.

Other achievements are the Dubai Frame, the largest photo frame in the world, and highlights the city’s latest addition to record lists: the gigantic Ferris wheel Ain Dubai.