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Burj Khalifa Tower Dubai – The World’s Tallest Building

10th Anniversary for Tallest building in the World, by SOM for Emaar Properties, UAE News

post updated 26 March 2024

Burj Khalifa 10th Anniversary News

Since opening on January 4, 2010, over 20 million people have visited the iconic structure.

5 Jan 2020

Burj Khalifa 10 Years Anniversary

The 828-metre high tower’s tenth anniversary was celebrated with special LED light shows:

The world-famous skyscraper is so tall that its spike can be seen from more than 90km away on a clear day.

The building has ten world records to its credit: these include the highest observation deck, tallest service elevator, largest LED illuminated facade and the highest base jump from a tower.

This Dubai skyscraper was developed by Emaar. It is almost three times taller than the Eiffel Tower and twice the height of the Empire State building.

The building contains apartments, corporate offices and fine dining venues. It overlooks the Dubai Fountain.

page updated 24 Feb 2019 ; 28 Jul 2017 ; 22 Jan 2010

Burj Khalifa Dubai : World’s Tallest Building

Burj Dubai renamed Burj Khalifa

Architect: SOM – Skidmore, Owings, & Merrill

New photos of this beautiful UAE skyscraper building:

Burj Khalifa Tower Dubai | www.e-architect.com
photograph courtesy of Emaar

Burj Khalifa Skyscraper building | www.e-architect.com
photos courtesy of Emaar

Platform inspection top of the spire:
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At the Top Burj Khalifa

At the Top opens to overwhelming public response

Dubai, UAE; January 6, 2010: At the Top, the world’s highest outdoor observation deck located in Burj Khalifa, has opened to an overwhelming public response.

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Hundreds of people, mostly families, queued up for tickets to Level 124 of Burj Khalifa – and the chance of being among the first to experience its stunning views across the city.

Burj Khalifa skyscraper building

At the Top opened to the public following the dramatic inauguration of Burj Khalifa on January 4. An estimated crowd of 400,000 gasped in amazement as fireworks erupted and searchlights beamed from every platform of the tower.

Mr. Thomas Dempsey, General Manager, Burj Khalifa, said At the Top would more than live up to people’s expectations.

Views from At the Top, the world’s highest outdoor observation deck on Level 124 of Burj Khalifa:

At The Top – Observation Deck:
At The Top - Observation Deck Burj Khalifa tower

“The panoramic views are like those from an airplane, such is your height above ground. There is also plenty to take in before you step into the elevators to the 124th floor: interactive displays, montages describing the evolution of the tower, and in-depth information explaining the people and technology responsible for this incredible building.”

Tickets for the tour are time stamped at 30-minute intervals, on specific days, in order to carefully manage the daily rush of sightseers.

The introductory time-stamped ticket price is AED 100 for adults, AED 75 for children up to 12 years and free for children under 3 years. For those who simply cannot wait, immediate entry is AED 400 per person, subject to availability.

The entrance to the At the Top experience is at The Dubai Mall’s Lower Ground level. The reception area of the attraction features a large illuminated model of Burj Khalifa that introduces and familiarizes visitors with the various sections within the super-tall building.

At The Top – Reception:
At The Top - Reception Burj Khalifa tower interior

Multimedia displays ‘Dubai Then and Now’, ‘From Earth to the Sky’ and ‘From Vision to Reality’ narrate the evolution of Dubai and Burj Khalifa.

The ascent to the 124th floor is by a double-deck elevator, each deck carrying up to 14 people and travelling at an amazing 10 metres per second.

In less than a minute, the elevator reaches the observation deck, the world’s only public observatory at this height with an outdoor terrace. High windows circle the entire viewing platform, and, for AED 10, visitors can scan the horizon and the distant streets below through computerised viewfinders, which also have pre-programmed day and nighttime vistas of the city and surrounding region. Visitors can also buy official merchandise from the At the Top retail boutique.

An impression of the Burj Dubai Residential Amenities Entrance
The World's Tallest Building in Dubai

An impression of the Burj Dubai Elevator Lobby
The World's Tallest Building

Burj Khalifa Tower Height

‘Burj Khalifa’ is unveiled to the world and its official height is 828 metres

Dubai, January 4, 2010: The world’s tallest building was unveiled tonight to an estimated crowd of over 400,000 and the world, in a crescendo of fireworks, lasers and fountain displays.

Burj Khalifa Inauguration photos:
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The official height of the tower, unveiled as ‘Burj Khalifa’, was announced as 828 metres (2,716.5 ft).

‘Burj Khalifa’, developed by Emaar Properties (www.emaar.com), is the world’s tallest building according to the three criteria of the Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat: ‘Height to Architectural Top’, ‘Height To Highest Occupied Floor’, and ‘Height To Tip’.

The tower is 320 metres taller than Taiwan’s Taipei 101, which had held the title of world’s tallest building since 2004, the year when the project was announced.

Mohamed Alabbar, Chairman of Emaar Properties, said that the tower represented a symbol of hope to the Arab world and a shining example of human achievement.

“Thousands of people from more than 100 countries have contributed to the realisation of ‘Burj Khalifa’. The tower embodies the spirit and optimism of global collaboration, and shows to the world what can be achieved when communities work in partnership.”

A dramatic sound, light, firework and fountain display described the evolution of the tower, and ended in a breathtaking climax of lasers and fireworks, bathing the tower and the surrounding area in white light.

‘Burj Khalifa’ comprises luxury residences and offices, the world’s first Armani Hotel, and the world’s highest observation deck, ‘At the Top’, which is located on the tower’s 124th floor. Around 90 per cent of the tower’s offices and apartments have been sold.

‘At the Top’ opens officially to the public on January 5. The handover of offices and apartments starts in February, and the Armani Hotel Dubai will be opened by its designer, Giorgio Armani, on March 18.

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

Burj Khalifa Skyscraper Dubai : information from Adrian Smith + Gordon Gill Architects
Burj Khalifa
photo © Adrian Smith + Gordon Gill Architecture

Burj Khalifa : information leading up to the completion
Burj Khalifa
photographs : Imre Solt

World’s Tallest Building : Burj Khalifa status ratified – Mar 2010

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Burj Dubai architect : SOM Architects

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