We have always heard that the sky is the limit. It looks like the architects have taken it too seriously. That’s why they have designed numerous skyscrapers around the world like the Burj Al Khalifa. If you peep into the pages of history, you can see that the architectures since ancient times have been got into this race. For example, the Great Pyramid of Giza once was the tallest man-made structure in the world. But With the evolving time and technology, we have got the Burj Al Khalifa as the tallest existing structure in the world.
Not only the title of the existing tallest structure of the world, but it has also won numerous titles due to its height, structure, and facilities. To know more about it, let’s dive into the article.
The Foundation Of The Burj Al Khalifa
The motivation behind the construction of this structure was to make it the center of attraction for the tourists. Designed by the architect Adrian Smith and structured by the structural engineer Bill Baker, the construction started on 6th January 2004 and completed on 1st October 2009.
As Dubai is famous for its oil resources in the world, the Burj Khalifa has given Dubai international recognition and helped to get international investment. It officially opened on 4th January 2010, before the official opening of the structure, its name was the Burj Dubai. As per the VIP delegation executive Jacqui Josephson, Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum wanted something sensational in Dubai to glorify the country on the map.
Vital Statistics Of The Burj Al Khalifa
It will be a complete injustice if I don’t mention the vital facts about the Burj Khalifa. Because without its vital statistics, it’s impossible to understand why it has got so many entitlements. The total height of the structure is 829.8 m, and the roof height is 828 m. Its height made it the tallest existing structure, the tallest structure ever built, the tallest skyscraper, and many more. Besides that, the Burj Al Khalifa has 163 floors.
This skyscraper contains the world’s highest night club and restaurant on the 144th floor and 122nd floor, respectively. 8 escalators and 57 elevators are there in the structure for the convenience of the people. It has 900 apartments and 304 hotel rooms in it. And to make the structure sustainable, more than 110,000 tonnes of concrete were used to build it.
Controversies Regarding The Building
Popularity sometimes brings controversies with it. The Burj Al Khalifa is not an exception to that. After the official inauguration, a mid-30 Asian died on 10th May 2011 because of falling from the 147th floor. Reports say that he jumped from the high floor. Another death was also reported on 16th November 2014 by the Daily Mail. But the Dubai Police disproved it. Besides these, there were also some labor controversies like low pay, extreme working hours, deaths and injuries, etc. reported during the construction.
In the end, we have to agree with the fact that the Burj Al Khalifa has more than enough sensational features and elements to be the tallest existing structure in the world.