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 worldwide under the name "Burj Dubai" ("Dubai Tower"), renamed it, dedicating the building of UAE President Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan.
"Burj Khalifa" 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 lower floors will house a hotel and 700 luxury apartments will occupy floors 45 to 108. The majority of the areas set aside for office space.
Especially for "Burj Khalifa" has developed a special grade of concrete that can withstand temperatures up to +50 ° C. Fill it only at night, and the solution is added ice.
Construction of the skyscraper began in 2004 and went on with the speed of 1-2 floors per week. Concrete works were completed after the construction of 160 floors, was further assembly of the 180-meter spire of 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 (partially located on the walls of the tower) with a total area of about 15 thousand. M². In addition, the building is equipped with special protection from the sun and reflective glass panels, which will reduce heating inside the premises, reducing the need for air conditioning.
In March, 2006. cruelty guards provoked a pogrom on a vast construction site of Burj Dubai tower. 2500 iznurёnnyh working after changing the expected strong buses are late, when the guards start to find fault with him. Enraged workers beat guards and began to massacre the construction headquarters, burning branded cars, smashing office equipment and hacking safes.
The next morning, the workers refused to work, and had intended to go on strike until their employer «Al Naboodah Laing O'Rourke» 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, it does not immediately become an advertising ploy: already 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 economic factors: the need to sell a huge amount of space, in the case of "Burj Khalifa" - mostly residential (the total area of the building - 557, 5000 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 the economic crisis in the tower took the name "Burj Dubai", renamed it in honor of the President of the United Arab Emirates and Emir of neighboring Abu Dhabi: Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Dubai issued a loan of 10 billion. Dollars.
The opening ceremony took place on 4 January 2010. The building is planned to open Sept. 9, 2009 simultaneously with the opening of the Dubai Metro, but was moved to January 2010 due to financial problems builder.
In the tourist part of the tower very good interiors.
123 and 124 floors with lobby and observation deck, respectively, the height of the observation platform from the ground is 505 meters.
Most of the glazed viewing platform. 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.
A souvenir photo.
On the lookout can be plenty of time, but better to buy tickets in advance, it happens that in the coming days, tickets are sold out.