Burj khalifa Building Details

  • Burj khalifa is a skyscraper in Dubai, United Arab Emirates.
  • Currently the tallest manmade structure in the world.
  • Construction has taken 22 million man-hours.
  • Burj Dubai was officially renamed by Dubai’s ruler as the Burj Khalifa named after the UAE president Sheikh Khalifa Bin Zayed.
  • Reportedly based on Government decision to diversity from oil based economy to service and tourism oriented.
  • The concept of desert flower ‘Hymenocallis’ has been adopted in architectural design.
  • Burj Khalifa was truly an international collaboration between more than 30 on-site contracting companies from nations around the world.
  • At the peak of construction, over 12,000 workers and constructors were on site every day, representing more than 100 nationalities.
  • Tall building usually has to resist large wind force.
  • The “Y” shaped structure of Burj Khalifa reduces the wind force in the building.
  • Y-shape plan keeps the structure simple and helps in faster construction.

General Details

Former names: Burj Dubai

Preceded by: Taipei 101

Location: Dubai, United Arab Emirates

Construction started: January 2004

Construction ended: 2010

Opening: 4 January 2010

Cost: USD $ 1.5 billion

Building with most floors: 160

Height Antenna spire: 829.84 m (2,723 ft)

Roof: 828 m (2,717 ft)

Top floor: 621.3 m (2,038 ft)

Architect: Adrian Smith

Developer: Emaar Properties

Structural engineer: Bill Baker

World Records

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.


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