Ever since Burj Khalifa was established a decade ago, it has embraced one title after another, conquering the curiosity of the world. The world’s tallest building- standing at 2,717 ft; tallest man-made structure on land; the highest observatory deck; largest and the tallest LED-illuminated façade, etc. Now, adding one more feather in the cap is a Guinness World Record title for the ‘highest lounge in the building.’ Suffice to say, when you are observing Burj Khalifa, you are witnessing one history layered upon another, with eight world titles attached to it now.
The newest recognition comes after the opening of Burj Khalifa’s lounge, called ‘The Lounge,’ that spreads on the 152nd, 153rd and 154th floor. Located at the height of 585.36 meters, ‘The Lounge’ has been renowned for its breathtaking views of the city along with a fascinating array of food and beverages.
The Lounge offers a new experience of Burj Khalifa with high tea services from 12.30 pm to 4 pm and sundowner cocktails from 5.30 till midnight. With daily live music schedule, The Lounge is one of the most happening places to be in Dubai.
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Fun facts about Burj Khalifa
Tallest of the tall
No brainer that Burj Khalifa is the tallest building in the word after is surpassed Toronto’s CN Tower, but its enormity can be measured by addressing it is three times higher than the Eiffel Tower and two times higher than the Empire State Building in New York.
Eight world records
With Burj Khalifa’s The Lounge receiving the newest Guinness World Records, the building has a total of eight world records now. Besides the tallest building, Burj Khalifa has the record of having highest number of floors, specifically 160. It also has the highest outdoor observation deck in the world, with At The Top, and the elevator with longest travel distance in the world, alongside the tallest service elevator. The highest residential apartment at Burj Khalifa stands at 385 meters.
One minute to reach the top
When we say the highest, fastest and longest elevator, how much do you think it is? The longest elevator which sprawls to 140 floors runs at a speed of 10 meters per second, which means, it only takes one minute to reach the observation deck on the 124th floor. With a stretch that long, the building has 2,909 flight of stairs, and 57 elevators and 8 escalators.
Concrete equals to the weight of 100,000 elephants
The construction of Burj Khalifa started in 2004 and was completed in 2010. However, the construction of the building required 330,000 cubic meters of concrete, which is equal to the weight of 100,000 elephants. The aluminum used is said to weigh as much as 5 Airbus A380 airliners.
12,000 workers worked per day
At the time of construction, and with such heavy materials, the workers who built the building were mostly from South Asia. There were about 12,000 workers working per day at the site. In total, it took 22-million man-hours to complete the Burj Khalifa
Months to clean windows
It is not an easy task to clean the world’s tallest building. It is believed that it takes three months to clean all the windows of the building. The exterior of the Burj Khalifa has 26,000 glass panels, designed by 300 experts who had to ensure that the exterior would withstand the heat of the summers in Dubai.
For the art lovers
The building is full of specially-commissioned art pieces including the sculpture by Egyptian born artist Karim Rashid, and the ‘World Voices’ in the resident’s lobby. World Voices was made by Catalan artist Jaume Plensa, and features 196 suspended cymbals that produce sound when hit by droplets of water. In fact, the water trickles from the ceiling and the distinct sound is said to represent voices of people from around the world. In fact, Burj Khalifa is home to the commissioned works of over 85 artists from around the world, but all art reveals an Arabic cultural context.
Burj Khalifa collects and reuses 15 million gallons of water every year which is used for irrigation, cooling system, and the Dubai Fountain. The exterior of the building is silver coated to improve insulation. Solar panels are installed to heat up to 140,000 liters of water per day.
All common areas smell different
All the common areas of Burj Khalifa have a bespoke fragrance that was handpicked from 18 aromas. This was done to ensure that the fragrance in each space rendered a different kind of experience.
The building resembles a flower
If you look at the building from above, you will see that Burj Khalifa was designed to resemble the Hymenocallis flower or the spider lily, a desert flower cultivated throughout the UAE.
While these are the 10 fun facts about Dubai’s very own wonder, the skyscraper can continue to astound. With a capacity to hold 35,000 people at once, the building is often called a “vertical city.”