Another wonder from Dubai, Burj Dubai (Renamed to Burj Khalifa), the tallest skysraper of world is officially opens on 04 Jan 10. This is the tallest human made structure ever built. The height of this building is 818 m. Construction was started on 21 September 2004. “Burj”, is the Arabic word for tower.
• Tallest building in the world
• Tallest free-standing structure in the world
• Highest number of stories in the world
• Highest occupied floor in the world
• Highest outdoor observation deck in the world
• Elevator with the longest travel distance in the world
• Tallest service elevator in the world
The design of this building is inspired from the shape of regional desert flower Hymenocallis. Like petals from a stem, the tower’s wings extend from its central core. Architect of this wonder is Adrian Smith (USA) . The architecture features a triple-lobed footprint, an abstraction of the Hymenocallis flower. The tower is composed of three elements arranged around a central core. The modular, Y-shaped structure, with setbacks along each of its three wings provides an inherently stable configuration for the structure and provides good floor plates for residential. Twenty-six helical levels decrease the cross section of the tower incrementally as it spirals skyward. The central core emerges at the top and culminates in a sculpted spire. A Y-shaped floor plan maximizes views of the Arabian Gulf. Viewed from the base or the air, Burj Dubai is evocative of the onion domes prevalent in Islamic architecture.
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Top of Burj Khalifa
View from the world’s tallest building will be a breath taking experience. Begin your vertical ascent to the observation deck in a high-speed elevator, traveling at 10 metres per second. As the doors open, floor-to-ceiling glass walls provide a breath-taking unobstructed 360-degree view of the city, desert and ocean. By night, sparkling lights and stars compete for your attention. Special telescopes provide virtual time-travel visions of the scenes beyond and below.The At The Top, Burj Dubai tour typically last 1 hour. The top will be opened for public from 04 Jan 2010 after official inauguration, but till now the authorities have not published the ticketing details. Special Educational Hour discounts are available for students daily from 9:00AM to 10:00AM. Advance ticket purchase required. For group ticketing and advance booking contact 800-28843867 (Within UAE)+9714 8888124 (International).