A virtual tour of the Burj Khalifa area
Enjoy a remote virtual tour of the Burj Khalifa area and see the tallest skyscraper in the world. Walk around, talk and communicate with others through live broadcasts and virtual tours
Burj Khalifa (known as Burj Dubai before its opening in 2010) is a skyscraper in the Emirate of Dubai in the United Arab Emirates. It has a total height of 829.8 meters (2,722 feet, just over half a mile) and a height without the antenna of 828 meters. Burj Khalifa is the tallest building built by man and the tallest tower in the world after it surpassed Taipei Tower 101 in Taiwan in 2009.Its construction began in the Emirate of Dubai, United Arab Emirates, on January 6, 2004, and its external structure was completed five years later (on October 1, 2009), and it was opened on January 4, 2010 as part of a new project called the development of Downtown Dubai. The decision to construct the building is based on the government's decision to diversify from the oil-based economy and to make Dubai a global tourist destination. The building was originally called Burj Dubai, but its name was changed in honor of the ruler of Abu Dhabi and President of the United Arab Emirates Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan when Abu Dhabi and the UAE government lent Dubai money to pay off its debts. The building broke many records, including being ranked as the tallest building in the world.
The Burj Khalifa was designed by architect Adrian Smith (of Skidmore, Owings and Merrill), the same firm that designed the Willis Tower and the World Trade Center. Haider Consulting has been selected to oversee the engineering work and the Norer Consulting International Group of Companies Ltd. has been selected to oversee the architecture. The design is derived from Islamic architecture as in the Great Mosque of Samarra.
The floor is designed in a Y-shape in order to make optimum use of the space for residential and hotel purposes. A central core and buttressed wings were used to support the height of the building. Although the floor plan is derived from Samsung Tower 3, the central core of Burj Khalifa includes all vertical transportation except for the exit stairs within each suite.The tower's outer structure is also covered in a material that can withstand the hot summer temperatures of Dubai. The tower has a total of 57 elevators and 8 escalators.
At a certain point in the architectural and engineering construction process, the developers of Emaar faced financial problems and needed more funds and financing. Sheikh Khalifa, the ruler of the United Arab Emirates, granted cash aid and financing, which led to the change of name to "Burj Khalifa". The concept of profitable returns derived from the construction of high-density housing developments and shopping centers around the landmark has proven successful. The shopping malls, hotels and condominiums surrounding the tower in Downtown Dubai generated the most revenue from the project as a whole, while the Burj Khalifa itself generated little or no profit.
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In June 2010, the Burj Khalifa was awarded the "Best Tall Building in the Middle East and Africa" award 2010 by the Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat. On September 28, 2010, Burj Khalifa won the Project of the Year award at the 2010 Middle East Architects Awards. Gordon Gill, President of the Awards Ceremony, stated:
“We are talking here of a building that changed the landscape of what is possible in architecture - a building that became internationally recognized as a landmark even long before its completion. The description of “The Building of the Century” is the most appropriate title for him.”
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