Thursday, April 7, 2011

The Burj Khallfa Tower: World's Tallest Tower

Yes, that is the Burj Khallfa tower in Dubai... a ginormously tall building :) 
It is the world's tallest tower, standing over 2,716.5 feet high (that's over a half-mile)...! Its 124 floors is home to corporate offices, luxury residential living, a restaurant on the 123rd floor and an outdoor observation deck (not for the faint of heart) on the 124th floor. 
Not only is the Burj Khallfa the tallest building on the planet it also holds many other world records as well, such as:  the tallest free-standing structure, highest number of stories, highest occupied floor in the world, highest outdoor observation deck, an elevator with the longest travel distance, and tallest service elevator in the world.... WOW!

World's tallest building. A living wonder. Stunning work of art. Incomparable feat of engineering. Burj Khalifa is all that. In concept and execution, Burj Khalifa has no peer.
More than just the world's tallest building, Burj Khalifa is an unprecedented example of international cooperation, symbolic beacon of progress, and an emblem of the new, dynamic and prosperous Middle East.
It is also tangible proof of Dubai's growing role in a changing world. In fewer than 30 years, this city has transformed itself from a regional centre to a global one. This success was not based on oil reserves, but on reserves of human talent, ingenuity and initiative. Burj Khalifa embodies that vision.
Mr. Mohamed Alabbar, Chairman, Emaar Properties, said: "Burj Khalifa goes beyond its imposing physical specifications. In Burj Khalifa, we see the triumph of Dubai's vision of attaining the seemingly impossible and setting new benchmarks. It is a source of inspiration for every one of us in Emaar. The project is a declaration of the emirate's capabilities and of the resolve of its leaders and people to work hand in hand on truly awe-inspiring projects.  
Emaar had but one inspiration, the unflagging enthusiasm set in motion by His Highness Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, who inspires us to reach for the stars. the amazing videos below of the tower against the skyline of the other buildings and of the grand opening celebration one year ago...!

Compare with the world's 'other' tallest towers...

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