Burj Khalifa


January 20, 2022

The Burj Khalifa (known as the Burj Dubai before its opening in 2010) is a skyscraper in the Emirate of Dubai in the United Arab Emirates. It has a total height of 829.8 meters (2,722 feet, just over half a mile) and a height without the antenna of 828 meters. Burj Khalifa is the tallest man-made structure and the tallest tower in the world after it surpassed Taipei 101 in Taiwan in 2009. Its construction began in Dubai, United Arab Emirates on January 6, 2004, and its external structure was completed five years later (on October 1, 2009 It was opened on January 4, 2010 as part of a new project called the Downtown Dubai Development. The decision to construct the building is based on the government's decision to diversify from the oil-based economy and to make Dubai a global tourist destination. The building was originally called the Burj Dubai but was renamed in honor of the ruler of Abu Dhabi and President of the United Arab Emirates Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan when Abu Dhabi and the UAE government loaned Dubai money to pay off its debts. The building broke many records, including being ranked as the tallest building in the world. The Burj Khalifa was designed by architect Adrian Smith (of Skidmore, Owings & Merrill), the same company that designed the Willis Tower and the World Trade Center. Haider Consulting was selected to oversee the engineering and the Norer Consulting International Group of Companies Ltd. was selected to oversee the architecture. The design is derived from Islamic architecture as in the Great Mosque of Samarra. The floor is designed in a Y-shape in order to make optimum use of the space for residential and hotel purposes. A central core and buttressed wings were used to support the height of the building. Although the floor plan is derived from Samsung Tower 3, the central core of Burj Khalifa houses all vertical transportation except for the exit stairs within each suite. The tower's outer structure is also covered in a material that can withstand the hot summer temperatures of Dubai. The tower has a total of 57 elevators and 8 escalators. At a certain point in the architectural and engineering construction process, the developers of Emaar faced financial problems and needed more funds and financing. Sheikh Khalifa, the ruler of the United Arab Emirates, granted cash aid and financing, which led to the change of name to "Burj Khalifa". The concept of profitable returns derived from the construction of high-density housing developments and shopping centers around the landmark has proven successful. The shopping malls, hotels and condominiums surrounding the tower in Downtown Dubai generated most of the revenue from the project as a whole,

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