Exploring.....The Burj Khalifa

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1.87 million visitors in 2013 can't be wrong, right? The near 2 million visitors expected in 2014 won't be wrong either. The Burj Khalifa has a rightful place in Dubai's top ten attractions list...and it's just as impressive inside as it is out.
Alongside the Burj El Arab, the Burj Khalifa stands tall as one of the best known and most loved landmark attractions in Dubai. 'Stands tall' is an appropriate description - it is in fact the tallest building in the world.

160 floors, 800 metres high, and costing 1.5 billion dollars to build. This development really does earn its place in any Dubai top ten list, and arguably in any world top ten one.

It was originally opened in early January 2011, originally named Burj Dubai, but very quickly renamed to be known as Burj Khalifa...Read more.....

Exploring Dubai's Finest - The Burj Khalifa

If you call 1 Emaar Boulevard, Dubai home; if you are there for business; or staying at the luxury hotel, here are just a few things you can say about the Burj Khalifa:

•  It is the tallest freestanding structure in the world.
•  It is the tallest structure ever built.
•  It has the most floors of any building in the world, with 163.
•  It has the highest floor to be occupied.
•  It has elevators that travel further than any other elevators in the world, traveling 1,654 feet and at a speed of 18 metres per second.
•  It has the world’s second highest outdoor observation deck, located on the 124th floor at 1,483 feet.
•  It is home to the world’s highest nightclub, located on the 144th floor.
•  It is home to the world’s highest restaurant, Atmosphere, located on the 122nd floor.
•  It has the world’s second highest swimming pool located on the 76th floor.
•  It offers the world’s highest New Years fireworks display.

OK, this may be more than a few, but these are some of the ways to describe the monument that is the Burj Khalifa. There are some hidden facts too, such as the foundations which are 150 feet deep, and the difference in temperature between the top and the bottom of 8 degrees centigrade.

Serving as a beacon for the service and tourism industry, as well as progress, and international cooperation and ingenuity, in Downtown Dubai, the Burj Khalifa stands at 2,722 feet. The privilege of designing and engineering this gravity defying wonder was given to Skidmore, Owings and Merrill of Chicago, with Adrian Smith as Chief Architect. Construction on the Burj Khalifa began on the 24th of September, 2004 by the contracting firm of Samsung C&T of South Korea. The Burj Khalifa officially opened on the 4th of January, 2010.

Within the Burj Khalifa is the first hotel ever designed by Giorgio Armani. With its namesakes’ style and elegance, the Armani Hotel offers some of the most luxurious rooms, suites, and business outlets in the world. Included in this experience is the Armani Spa, where you can enjoy an outdoor swimming pool, a fitness center, thermal suites, and numerous treatment rooms. Also within the Armani Hotel, you can dine in any of the eight world class restaurants the hotel has to offer.

The Burj Khalifa also offers the business world suites and office space with some of the most modern amenities that technology has to offer. With the most advanced fiber optic and digital communications services available, uninterrupted cell service is only the beginning. Entering the Corporate Suites is also a sight to see. Once you arrive at the Corporate Suites through a bank of private elevators, you will be greeted by the panoramic view of Dubai from within the Corporate Club’s Sky Lobby.

Last but not least, there are 900 different residences within the Burj Khalifa that range from studios to four bedroom suites. If you are one of the lucky few that get to call the Burj Khalifa home, the amenities are no less prestigious. A few of these amenities include a gourmet convenience store, a cigar club, and a resident’s library.

Exclusive Sky Lobbies are also located on the 43rd, 76th, and 123rd floors that include Jacuzzis, indoor/outdoor swimming pools, and state of the art fitness facilities. The phrase “life of luxury” comes to mind at this point.

And if you want to dine in the highest restaurant in the world, it delivers that experience too. Just book into the 'atmosphere' restaurant on the 122nd floor.

As you take in the grand sight that is the Burj Khalifa, you will no doubt notice the over 1,000 specially commissioned pieces of art on display throughout the interior of the building. These art pieces display a variety of cultural works to promote the UAE’s commitment to world wide cooperation, ingenuity, and progress.

So whether it’s business or home, the Burj Khalifa is just as impressive inside as it is outside.

The videos below are not for the faint hearted, and especially not if heights give you the jitters. See for yourself. There are of course plenty more videos of the Burj Khalifa on Youtube.

The video above is a Google Maps video showing some high quality images of the Burj Khalifa, some of them stunning high level views.
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