Thursday, November 17, 2011

Burj Khalifa – an amazing feat of engineering

A couple of days ago I went back to Burj Khalifa, the tallest building in the world, located in Dubai, with a couple of friends visiting from Brazil. Interesting how every single time I go up there I leave in complete awe.
It’s not just the size or the height or the details of this unbelievable construction that seem to amaze me. It’s everything. Especially the truly wonderful understanding you get of how much mankind can achieve when there is enough creativity, vision, will, determination, cooperation and, well, money of course.

Here are a few impressive numbers for you:
  • 828 meters high
‘Only’ 447 more than the Empire State Building.
  • 200+ stories
With an observation deck on level 124, a hotel, a fitness club, residences, restaurants, offices…
  • 57 elevators
Which climb 10 meters per second!
  • 6 years
From beginning of excavation work to launch in January 2010.
  • 12,000 workers
From over 100 nationalities on site every single day during construction peak.

What does all of this get you? A total of seven world 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
  • Elevator with the longest travel distance
  • Tallest service elevator in the world

If you are ever around, do plan a visit to Burj Khalifa. The observation deck is open Sunday through Wednesday from 10am to 10pm and Thursday through Saturday from 10am to midnight.

But remember to buy your tickets online and in advance. Dated and timed, they will cost you AED 100 (US 28) – four times less than an immediate entry admission. For more info:


 Incredible views from the observation deck:

Just for fun... a Burj Khalifa in Rio de Janeiro.
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