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Burj Khalifa, Dubai - A 'Fun Facts' Edition

The Burj Khalifa aka Burj Dubai is a spectacular skyscraper in Dubai, United Arab Emirates.
Here are some fun facts about this stunning gigantic piece of architecture!
The structural design of Burj Khalifa is inspired by a flower.
Fact #1
The Burj Khalifa, designed by architect Adrian Smith is based on the Spider Lily, a regional desert flower. An aerial view of the structure helps grasp the similarities between the flower and the tower.
Burj Khalifa can be admired from upto 60 miles away.
Fact #2
A remarkable attribute of the Burj Khalifa is the fact that you don’t necessarily have to be in Dubai to see the structure. The telescopic spire that tops the tower, made from more than 4000 tons of steel and can be seen from quite a distance away.
All great things take time! And the Burj Khalifa is a standing example of it, with a 5 year long construction period.
Fact #3
To build the Burj Khalifa, it took a workforce of 12,000 people working per day from January 2004 to October 2009. It was officially inaugurated in January 2010.
The Burj Khalifa is double the height of The Empire State building.
Fact #4
The Burj Khalifa stands at a whopping 2716.5 feet and has earned the title of the ‘World’s tallest building’ since 2009.
The Burj Khalifa displays a vast collection of impressive art pieces.
Fact #5
Ever wondered what occupies the walls of the enormous Burj Khalifa? Over 1000 pieces of artworks from some of the world's renowned artists are displayed in the building.
The Burj Khalifa has the world’s speediest elevator.
Fact #6
With the fastest elevator moving at a speed of 22 miles per hour is how you keep visitors happy in Burj Khalifa, the tallest building of the world. The elevator ride from the ground floor to the 124th floor is just 1 minute long.
You can dine at the world’s highest restaurant in Burj Khalifa.
Fact #7
If you enjoy dining on higher altitudes with breathtaking views of the city skyline, then Burj Khalifa’s restaurant famous for being the highest in the world awaits you at 441 meters height.
Multiple world records have been won by Burj Khalifa.
Fact #8
Apart from being the world’s tallest building, Burj Khalifa also holds titles such as the world’s tallest freestanding structure, the highest number of stories, and the highest occupied floor.
A noteworthy feature of Burj Khalifa is how it partakes in sustainability and reuse of resources.
Fact #9
15 million gallons of water are collected sustainably every year which is used to water the plants and landscaping, for the cooling system and to supply to the Dubai Fountain.
The total project expenditure for constructing the Burj Khalifa was 1.5 billion dollars.
Fact #10
The total weight of concrete used to build the tower is equivalent to the weight of 100,000 elephants!
Fact #11
You can watch the amazing shows of the world’s largest dancing fountain that is situated in front of Burj Khalifa.
Fact #12
The Dubai Fountain, the world's largest choreographed fountain system, is located on the 12 hectare manmade Burj Khalifa Lake.
Another Dubai construction project, the Jeddah Tower that began construction in 2013 is believed to vertically surpass Burj Khalifa by an estimated 236 feet.
We hope these fun facts lead you to visit this magnificent sky scraper because the Burj Khalifa may not forever remain the world’s tallest building.

 Aishwarya Swamy

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