From concept to completion, Burj Khalifa has smashed through world records, is a matchless architectural and engineering feat, and a work of art in its own right. Towering above the already impressive Dubai skyline, Burj Khalifa is the tallest manmade, free-standing building – and takes this title with miles to spare.
Standing at 829.8m tall, Burj Khalifa opened in October 2010 and since then has had no real contenders for its world record, or its combination of creative and structural thinking. Visible for over 60 miles, the tower dominates Dubai’s skyline as well as its international reputation.
An embodiment of everything Dubai considers itself to be, Burj Khalifa symbolises visionary thinking combined with determination, engineering magic and human talent. The beginning of the Downtown Dubai development, Burj Khalifa opened Dubai to the world, finally catapulting it to the heights of fame, luxury and world class living that we know today.
Holding almost 20 world records, Burj Khalifa is one of Dubai’s most monumental structures, propelling it from an oil-based economy, to one of tourism, construction and architecture. The development itself and the surrounding acreage contains everything from parkland to homes, as well as the Burj Khalifa Lake, a spectacular 30-acre stretch of water.
From the Fountain to the Park, Burj Khalifa is much more than just a landmark: take a stroll around the stunning park and its water features and cultivated gardens, and stay for the fireworks and light shows after dark at Dubai Fountain. However, no visit to Burj Khalifa is complete without going up to the observation deck. The deck is on the 124th floor, and stands at 452m, making it the third highest observation deck in the world, and the second highest outdoor platform.
Stunning aesthetically and architecturally, Burj Khalifa isn’t just a tourist hive, but a modern representation of Dubai and its values.