The grand ‘Vertical City’ of Dubai rises gracefully to a height of 828 meters. The Burj Khalifa has it all – extraordinary feat of engineering, beautiful artful design, and meticulous craftsmanship. The 200 plus storey building has 160 habitable levels, which is more than any building in the world. This incredible tower used up a record-breaking 330,000 cubic meters of concrete mix; 103,000 square meters of glass; 39,000 tonnes of steel reinforcement; 15,500 square meters of stainless steel and much more. The entire incredible building took no less than 22 million man-hours to construct from the ground up.
The Number Game
Let’s take a look at the Burj by numbers – more reason to reasons to visit Burj Khalifa:
- For one thing, the building is 828m tall
- It used up more than 110,000 tonnes of concrete
- It required 22 million man-hours to construct. Impressed yet? Here’s more.
- 31,000 tonnes of steel rebar was used to build the structure. If these bars were laid out end-to-end, they would cover a fourth of our huge planet.
- The Burj is covered with about 26,000 reflective, mirror-finish glass panels; 36 brave window cleaners polish it continuously.
Burj Khalifa Fun Facts
Let’s take a Burj Khalifa tour and look at some fun facts:
- The Burj has the world’s fastest elevator, which travels at 10 meters per second.
- The Burj is three times as tall as the Eiffel Tower and almost twice as tall as the Empire State Building.
- It is the world’s tallest freestanding structure and has the most number of levels in the world
- The Burj has the highest occupied floor in the world
- The Burj’s elevator has the longest travel distance in the world
- It also has the tallest service elevator in the world.
- The total weight of the concrete used to construct the Burj Khalifa weighs as much as 100,000 elephants.
- The total aluminum used to build the Burj equals that of five A380 aircraft.
- Every year the Burj collects 15 million gallons of water sustainably. This water is used for irrigation, for the cooling system and also to supply the Dubai Fountain.
- You can see the Burj Khalifa’s tip from a distance of 95 kilometers.
- The Burj is designed to resemble the Hymenocallis flower. Visit Burj Khalifa to see how the central core of the flower comes out at the top and shapes into a sculpted spire.
The Observatory Decks
There are three, not one, observatory decks open to the public. Did you know that? The first two comprise the Burj Khalifa At The Top experience, which includes Levels 124 and 125 at 452 meters. This height is just halfway up the building. The third observatory is the SKY Lounge, on level 148, situated at a height of 555 meters.
Even during peak hours, you can spend as much time as you want in the At The Top levels. The difference between the At The Top and the Sky Lounge is that the Sky Lounge tends to be quieter, has soft seating, and costs about 500 AED for just 30 minutes. In fact, buy a ticket for the Sky Lounge and you can enjoy time at the Top levels as well. Always book in advance. Sunrise views are available on Friday and Saturday during winter, and sunset views are available every day.
The Burj Khalifa Visitor Experience
You’ll have to queue up a lot, especially to pick up your tickets and to get into the lifts, but there’s a lot of stuff to see while you’re queueing. The elevator to the 124th floor is so fast and smooth, in just a minute you’re at the top. First, you’ll exit to the indoor section of Level 124, where you’ll find a gift shop and touchscreen cameras to take in the view. This is for people who are too scared to look down from the observatory deck as yet. Be brave and get to the outdoor deck and peer into downtown Dubai. If you want to get really dizzy, peer upwards at the 400 or so meters of the Burj soaring over you. If you like, you can plug into the audio tour and listen to how the Burj was engineered and put together. There are telescopes placed at strategic points so you can focus on specific landmarks.