Burj Khalifa the tallest building in the world: of course located in Dubai

Burj Khalifa the tallest building in the world: of course located in Dubai

Burj Khalifa (Arabic: برج خليفة‎ ” Khalifa Tower”), is the recent name given to Burj Dubai, after its inauguration, in honour of Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan (Arabic: خليفة بن زايد بن سلطان آل نهيان‎), (born 1948),  the current President of the United Arab Emirates (UAE) and emir of Abu Dhabi.

Burj Khalifa is a skyscraper in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, and actually the tallest man-made structure ever built, at 828 m (2,717 ft).Construction began on 21 September 2004, with the exterior of the structure completed on 1 October 2009. The building officially opened on 4 January 2010,and is part of the new 2 km2 (490-acre) flagship development called Downtown Dubai at the ‘First Interchange’ along Sheikh Zayed Road, near Dubai’s main business district.

The total cost for the project was about US$1.5 billion; and for the entire “Downtown Dubai” development, US$20 billion.The project’s completion coincided with the global financial crisis of 2007–2010, and with vast overbuilding in the country, led to high vacancies and foreclosures. With Dubai mired in debt from its huge ambitions, the government was forced to seek multi-billion dollar bailouts from its oil-rich neighbor Abu Dhabi. That’s the reason of the change of the name from Burj Dubai To Burj Khalifa.

World tallest building - Burj Khalifa in DubaiDue to the slumping demand in Dubai’s property market, the rents in the Burj Khalifa plummeted 40% some ten months after its opening. Out of 900 apartments in the tower around 825 were still empty at that time.


What’s inside Burj Khalifa

At the Top, Burj Khalifa

Observation deck on level 124

At.mosphere, Burj Khalifa

Fine dining restaurant on level 122

The Residence

900 Burj Khalifa residences

The Corporate Suites

37 office floors

Armani Hotel Dubai

160 guestrooms and suites

Armani Residences Dubai

144 private residences

The Park

11 hectares park, 6 water features

3000 underground parking spaces

The Club

4-storey fitness and recreation annex

The Dubai Mall

The Dubai Mall is a 12.1-million square foot retail, lifestyle and entertainment destination equal to about 50 international-sized soccer fields. Home to the most extensive collection of major fashion brands in the world, The Dubai Mall is a celebration of haute couture with 70 signature stores in the luxury Fashion Avenue. Anchors include France’s leading lifestyle retailer Galeries Lafayette, with America’s favourite Bloomingdale. With more than 1,200 stores and an impressive array of leisure pursuits and attractions, The Dubai Mall is a world-class destination and an unprecedented shopping experience.


Gold Souk

At the heart of The Dubai Mall is the worldís largest indoor Gold Souk, with over 220 gold and jewellery retailers, and a selection of cafes throughout the souk’s meandering walkways. The Gold Souk at The Dubai Mall recreates the traditional charm of an Arabian souk, reflecting the rich regional heritage of the gold trade. At its centre, lies the Treasury Dome, a 24.2m x 12.6m atrium with a dynamic projection ceiling and continually changing multimedia shows.

Souk Al Bahar

A charming Arabesque mall on The Old Town Island brings an element of tradition to this vibrant, urban environment. While the selection of stores is truly modern and influential this lifestyle and shopping destination has been designed to create the trading atmosphere of the past with a number of traditional Arab architectural motifs. Souk Al Bahar, has over 100 shops, and is designed with a strong outdoor dining theme with more than 22 restaurants and cafés – featuring some of Dubai’s favourite chains – lining the waterfront promenade offering exclusive views of Burj Khalifa and The Dubai Fountain. Ideally located near the iconic developments of Downtown this signature souk is both a tourist destination and a lifestyle shopping mall offering all the conveniences of a community mall in a cultural and leisurely setting.

Emaar Boulevard

Inspired by the great boulevards of the world, Emaar Boulevard, a 73m wide and 3.5km long lifeline of the buzzing Downtown Dubai, will be one of the finest, and most exclusive shopping strips in the world. Combined with its glamorous parades of boutique stores and trendy dining outlets, and impressive views of Burj Khalifa and landscaped surroundings, the Emaar Boulevard will provide a vibrant and eclectic lifestyle experience to be enjoyed.

Visit at the top of Burj Khalifa

By day and night At the Top provides unparalleled views of Dubai. A standard visit to At the Top lasts approximately 60 minutes, allowing ample time for you to relax and enjoy the Dubai skyline at your leisure. Tickets may be purchased at the ticket office near the entrance to At the Top on the lower ground of The Dubai Mall.

Ticket Type Per Person
Ticket Price
Adult (13 years +)
General Admission (Dated & Timed)
Immediate Entry Admission
Child (4 – 12 )
General Admission (Dated & Timed)
Immediate Entry Admission
Infant (0 – 3)General Admission (Dated & Timed)
Immediate Entry Admission

Group Ticket Info – Coming Soon

WIthin UAE: 800-28843867 International: +9714 8888124

Email: tickets@atthetop.ae

Current records of Burj Khalifa

  • Tallest skyscraper to top of spire: 828 m (2,717 ft)
  • Tallest structure ever built: 828 m (2,717 ft)
  • Tallest extant structure: 828 m (2,717 ft)
  • Tallest freestanding structure: 828 m (2,717 ft)
  • Building with most floors: 160
  • Building with highest occupied floor in the world: 160th floor
  • World’s highest elevator installation, situated inside a rod at the very top of the building
  • World’s fastest elevators at speed of 64 km/h (40 mph) or 18 m/s (59 ft/s)
  • Highest vertical concrete pumping (for a building): 606 m (1,988 ft)
  • The first world’s tallest structure in history to include residential space
  • Highest outdoor observation deck in the world (124th floor) at 452 m (1,483 ft)
  • World’s highest mosque (located on the 158th floor)
  • World’s highest installation of an aluminium and glass façade, at a height of 512 m (1,680 ft)
  • World’s highest swimming pool (76th floor)

Floor plans

The following is a breakdown of floors

Floors Use
160 and above Mechanical
156–159 Communication and broadcast
155 Mechanical
139–154 Corporate suites
136–138 Mechanical
125–135 Corporate suites
124 At the Top observatory
123 Sky lobby
122 At.mosphere restaurant
111–121 Corporate suites
109–110 Mechanical
77–108 Residential
76 Sky lobby
73–75 Mechanical
44–72 Residential
43 Sky lobby
40–42 Mechanical
38–39 Armani Hotel suites
19–37 Armani Residences
17–18 Mechanical
9–16 Armani Residences
1–8 Armani Hotel
Ground Armani Hotel
Concourse Armani Hotel
B1–B2 Parking, mechanical



  • January 2004: Excavation starts
  • February 2004: Piling starts
  • 21 September 2004: Emaar contractors begin construction.
  • March 2005: Structure of Burj Khalifa starts rising.
  • June 2006: Level 50 is reached.
  • February 2007: Surpasses the Sears Tower as the building with the most floors.
  • 13 May 2007: Sets record for vertical concrete pumping on any building at 452 m (1,483 ft), surpassing the 449.2 m (1,474 ft) to which concrete was pumped during the construction of Taipei 101, while Burj Khalifa reached 130 floor.
  • 21 July 2007: Surpasses Taipei 101, whose height of 509.2 m (1,671 ft) made it the world’s tallest building, and level 141 reached
  • 12 August 2007: Surpasses the Sears Tower antenna, which stands 527.3 m (1,730 ft).
  • 12 September 2007: At 555.3 m (1,822 ft), becomes the world’s tallest freestanding structure, surpassing the CN Tower in Toronto, and level 150 reached
  • 7 April 2008: At 629 m (2,064 ft), surpasses the KVLY-TV Mast to become the tallest man-made structure, level 160 reached
  • 17 June 2008: Emaar announces that Burj Khalifa’s height is over 636 m (2,087 ft) and that its final height will not be given until it is completed in September 2009.
  • 1 September 2008: Height tops 688 m (2,257 ft), making it the tallest man-made structure ever built, surpassing the previous record-holder, the Warsaw Radio Mast in Konstantynów, Poland
  • 17 January 2009: Topped out at 828 m (2,717 ft)
  • 1 October 2009: Emaar announces that the exterior of the building is completed
  • 4 January 2010: Burj Khalifa’s official launch ceremony is held and Burj Khalifa is opened.

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