Thursday, January 07, 2010

Burj Dubai now BURJ KHALIFA - some facts

Burj Dubai is now Burj Khalifa ( as an eternal expression of thanks to the Abu Dhabi ruler Khalifa who saved Dubai with a fresh infusion of $25 billion which saved Dubai from a Lehmann type of collapse.)

A good collection of facts about Burj Khalifa in the accompanying snaps..

    The official height of the tower, unveiled as 'Burj Khalifa', was
                  announced as 828 metres (2,716.5 ft).

 Burj Khalifa is the tallest building in the world according to the three
 main criteria of the Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat (CTBUH).
    The CTBUH ranks the world's tallest buildings based on 'Height to
  Architectural Top,' 'Height to Highest Occupied Floor' and 'Height to

 At 828 metres (2,716.5ft), Burj Khalifa is 320 metres taller than Taipei
 101, which at 508 metres (1,667 ft) had held the record for the world's
 tallest building measured to the architectural top since 2004, the year
                        the project was announced.
Burj Khalifa employs a record-breaking 330,000 cubic metres of concrete,
 39,000 metric tonnes of steel rebar and 142,000 square metres of glass;
                and it took 22 million man hours to build.

 Other world records for Burj Khalifa include the highest occupied floor in
 the world, at over 550 metres (1,800 ft); the highest outdoor observation
   deck in the world – At the Top on Level 124; and the tallest servic elevator, which travels to a height of 504 metres (1,654 ft) Mr. Mohamed Alabbar, Chairman, Emaar Properties, said that with the 
  unveiling of the final height of Burj Khalifa, the world now had a new reference point for high-rise developments.

 "Burj Khalifa is an example of collaboration on a global scale, and the
  tremendous positive energy that can be generated when people from all over
   the world come together to work towards a common goal. Thousands of
  professionals and skilled workers from around the world worked on this
once-in-a-lifetime project."

 "More than 60 of the world's leading consultants including South Korea's
 Samsung Corporation and New York-based Turner Construction International
 realised the design for Burj Khalifa of Chicago-based Skidmore, Owings and
Merrill (SOM)," he said.

 Burj Khalifa employed the latest advances in wind engineering, structural
 engineering, structural systems, construction materials and methods. All
 design considerations took into account the 12,000 people who will live
 and work in the tower. The handover to residents of the various components
 of Burj Khalifa will begin in February.

With a total built-up area of about 6 million sq ft, Burj Khalifa features nearly 2 million sq ft of residential space and over 300,000 sq ft of prime office space, in addition to the area occupied by the keenly awaited
  Armani Hotel Dubai and the Armani Residences. The tower also features
 modern lifestyle amenities including clubs, health and fitness facilities, gourmet restaurants and the 124th floor observation deck, 'At the Top.'

 Burj Khalifa is the focal point of the 500-acre 'mega-project' by Emaar            


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