Burj Khalifa - the tallest ever building which exists in the world. The exact height of the building is 828 m. The ruler of Dubai, Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, opening the 828-meter skyscraper, known throughout the world called "Burj Dubai" ("Dubai Tower"), renamed it, dedicating the building UAE President Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan.
"Burj Dubai" was designed as a "city within a city" - with their own lawns, boulevards and parks. The total cost of construction - about $ 1, 5 billion. Author of the project - the American architect Adrian Smith, already has experience in the design of such facilities. Burj Khalifa - the key element of a new business center in Dubai. Inside the complex are located hotels, apartments, offices and shopping centers. Under the project, 37 of the lower floors will house a hotel and 700 luxury apartments will occupy floors 45 to 108. The majority of the areas set aside for offices.
Especially for "Burj Khalifa" it has developed a special grade of concrete that can withstand temperatures of up to +50 ° C. Fill it only at night, and the solution was added to the ice.
Construction of the skyscraper began in 2004 and went with the speed of 1-2 floors per week. Concrete work had been completed after the construction of 160 floors, was further build 180-meter spire of the metal structures. Fire building system allows you to evacuate all its inhabitants no more than 32 minutes.
The tower will be completely self-generate electricity for itself: it will be used 61-meter turbine, rotating wind, as well as an array of solar panels (partly located on the walls of the tower) with a total area of about 15 thousand. Sqm. In addition, the building is equipped with special protection from the sun and reflecting glass panels, which will reduce heating of rooms inside, which reduces the need for air conditioning.
In March, 2006. the cruelty of the guards provoked a pogrom on a vast construction site of the tower Burj Dubai. 2500 iznurёnnyh workers after the change of expected strong latecomers bus when security beginning to find fault with him. Enraged workers beat the guard and started a pogrom construction headquarters, burning branded cars, and smashing office equipment, cracking safes.
The next morning, the workers refused to work, and had intended to go on strike as long as their employer «Al Naboodah Laing O'Rourke» will not raise wages and improve working conditions. The strike was joined by thousands of builders of the new airport terminal.
Building height (828 m, 160 floors) was kept secret until the opening. According to engineers, this was not just an advertising gimmick: in the process of building several times it turned out that the skyscraper can be done above the plan. The principal obstacle to the infinite growth up was not the technical and the economic factor: the need to sell a huge amount of space, in the case of "Burj Khalifa" - mostly residential (total area of buildings - 557, 5 thousand m2). Ostensibly, this is why the tower has such a slim silhouette - to reduce the usable space inside.
The local press calls skyscraper "Tower of pride." In the midst of economic crisis, the tower took the name "Burj Dubai", renamed it in honor of the President of the UAE and the emir of neighboring Abu Dhabi Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed al-Nahyan issued the Dubai credit in 10 billion. Dollars.
The opening ceremony took place on 4 January 2010. The building is planned to open September 9, 2009 simultaneously with the opening of the Dubai Metro, but was moved to January 2010 due to financial problems of the builder.
The tourist part of the tower very good interiors.
At 123 and 124 floors are the lobby and observation deck, respectively, the height of the observation platform from the ground is 505 meters.
Most of the glazed observation deck. For visitors are electronic telescopes. In addition to the actual image, you can watch a recording of the night panorama, full-time and historical.
There is a balcony where you can watch the slots in a glass enclosure. This kind of protection against suicide bombers.
On the observation deck, you can be in plenty of time, but better to buy tickets in advance, it happens that in the coming days, tickets are sold out.
Shooting from the lookout Burj Khalifa at a height of 500 meters.
With the available observation deck can be seen in the direction of the old part of Dubai's ports, Dubai Creek, and Sharjah Airport.
In the foreground merchants ships in the background - Sharjah. The symbolic boundary between the cities is a road junction (which is not visible in the photo), located in Sharjah, half and half in Dubai. When this bridge accident occurs, the police are coming both emirates.
Neighborhood Dubai Dayntaun.
Arab architecture in all its glory.
"The first isolation" on Sheikh Zayed Road, the truth has never unfinished.
Pyativagonny subway train on the viaduct.
It is worth noting that the quality of the road surface in the emirate excellent asphalt melts and does not think this a wild heat.
Unusual markings at the intersection - probably only for beauty, when you look on ... Light poles look like toothpicks.
Cars with red roofs - all Toyota Camry - city taxi.
500 meters of free fall ... View down on the system settings musical fountain Dubai.
All the grass, trees, palm trees - all "fake" ... No, these plants, but without a permanent artificial watering they quickly die. Every tree and shrub watered every day of desalinated water. Just like in the UAE nothing grows.
Station Burj Dubai Dubai Metro.
The area in front of the fountains.
Meydan Racecourse, where we drove the guards as we walked through the sacred viaduct where they can go only sheikhs.
Wall skyscrapers and metro
Villa under construction.
Five-star hotel "Al Mourouj Rotana".
Another plane ...
The second half of the observation deck fully glazed and cruel glare, it is practically impossible to remove.
View towards Abu Dhabi.
On the floor you have multiple computers with cameras, which are available day, night, and old Dubai.
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