In a compition to make world’s best monuments around the world, dubai has toped all this odds and built many of them despite the fall of financial conditions in recent months.
In a row dubai has built its first 7 star hotel in 1994 (burj al arab), first longest driverless metro train in 2009 and now the world’s tallest building which breaks many of the records that a building had in the past.
here are the details as we fetched from the online resources:
The Burj Dubai (Burj Khalifa) tower officially opened its doors on January 4, 2010, six years after the commencement of construction in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. The tower previously known as Burj Dubai was renamed Burj Khalifa in honor of the current President of the UAE and ruler of Abu Dhabi, Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed al Nayan.
Some of the records made by the $4.1 billion, half-mile-high skyscraper are:
Tallest skyscraper to top of spire: 828 m (2,717 ft) (previous record: Taipei 101 – 509.2 m (1,671 ft))
Tallest structure ever built: 828 m (2,717 ft) (previous record: Warsaw radio mast – 646.38 m (2,121 ft))
Tallest extant structure: 828 m (2,717 ft) (previous record: KVLY-TV mast – 628.8 m (2,063 ft))
Tallest freestanding structure: 828 m (2,717 ft) (previous record: CN Tower – 553.3 m (1,815 ft))
Building with most floors: 160 (previous record: both 1 and 2 World Trade Center – 110)
World’s highest elevator installation
World’s fastest elevators at speed of 64 km/h (40 mph) or 18 m/s (59 ft/s) (previous record: Taipei 101 – 16.83 m/s)
Highest vertical concrete pumping (for a building): 606 m (1,988 ft) (previous record: Taipei 101 – 449.2 m (1,474 ft))
Highest vertical concrete pumping (for any construction): 606 m (1,988 ft) (previous record: Riva del Garda Hydroelectric Power Plant – 532 m (1,745 ft))
The first world’s tallest structure in history to include residential space
Highest outdoor observation deck in the world
World’s highest mosque (located on the 158th floor)
Elevator with the longest travel distance in the world
Tallest service elevator in the world
World’s highest installation of an aluminum and glass façade, at a height of 512 m (1,680 ft)
Excavation started in January 2004 Piling started in February 2004
Superstructure started in March 2005
Level 50 June 2006
Level 100 January 2007
Level 110 March 2007
Level 120 April 2007
Level 130 May 2007
Level 141 (world’s tallest building) July 2007
Level 150 (world’s tallest free-standing structure) September 2007
Level 160 (world’s tallest man-made structure) April 2008
Completion of spire and topping out January 2009
Exterior cladding completed September 2009
Tower inauguration January 4, 2010
The economic hardship and debt crisis has caused the building to stand mostly empty and unwanted by the international tenants for whom it was supposedly built. An article in Wall Street Journal sees the Burj Dubai “a modern-day Tower of Babel”.
The race to construct bigger structures and show the economic might will never stop. It is to be seen for how long the ‘tallest’ status or other records could hold.