Concierge Dubai blog » Burj Khalifa Tue, 13 May 2014 13:17:56 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Sky-high Dubai Wed, 18 Jan 2012 13:33:10 +0000 admin Two years ago and seven years after excavation work began, the Burj Khalifa opened with a dramatic ceremony that was shown live around the world. The world’s tallest building at 828 metres, it shattered the previous record by 320 metres and may never be beaten.

Burj Khalifa


Officially opened by Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, ruler of Dubai, the tower was originally called Burj Dubai but was renamed Burj Khalifa after the president of the UAE and ruler of Abu Dhabi, Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan.

“This great project deserves to carry the name of a great man,” said Sheikh Mohammed. “Today, I inaugurate Burj Khalifa.”

More than just a building, Burj Khalifa is a symbol of progress and an icon for the modern Middle East.

Mohammed Alabbar, chairman of developer Emaar, described the Burj Khalifa as “the Arab world’s tribute to the art and science of modern engineering and design. Burj Khalifa symbolises the aesthetic unison of many cultures – from Arabia and the rest of the world.”

Simply, the Burj Khalifa is stunning and an essential sight and experience for all visitors to Dubai.

Burj Khalifa - New Year 2012



Realising the dream

Building something as impressive and groundbreaking as the Burj Khalifa required bold thinking and solid science.

Before work even began, the feasibility of the project needed to be analysed. The architects and construction teams were in unchartered territory and many factors had to be taken into account and tested – from the effect of the wind to the change in air pressure and temperature at altitude.

Shaped at the base to resemble the hymenocallis desert flower, the Burj Khalifa has a Y-shaped structure which provides greater stability. The final height of the building was a closely guarded secret, with even the engineers admitting they did not know the final height that would be achieved.

“We weren’t sure how high we could go,” said Bill Baker of Skidmore, Owings & Merrill, the building’s structural engineer. “It was kind of an exploration… a learning experience.”

As building work progressed, the Burj Khalifa became the world’s tallest building in 2007 and still the construction continued. News emerged that it would be at least 700 metres tall and few even considered that 800 metres would be possible.

At the height of construction, more than 12,000 workers from 100 countries were on site every day. In total, 22 million man-hours went into creating the tower.

The results are there for all to see and for the select few to savour. At the base of the Burj Khalifa is the Armani Hotel Dubai, which takes up concourse level to level eight, as well as two higher floors – levels 9 to 16 also house the luxurious Armani Residencies.

From 45 to 108, private residences enjoy fabulous views of the city’s skyline, from the world’s most exclusive address. Most of the remaining floors are used for corporate suites, with the notable exceptions being the fine-dining At.mosphere and the observation deck.

View from the top

View from observation deck

Dubai is a jaw-dropping city with many landmark buildings and developments to admire. Now you can see them all from one place – At the Top.

Located high on the 124th floor and with 360-degree panoramic views, this observation deck not only provides stunning vistas but also insight into the construction of the city as well as the tower in which you are standing.

The journey begins on the lower ground level of The Dubai Mall (the world’s largest shopping complex at the base of the Burj Khalifa). From this reception area, a travelator trip takes you through the emirate’s recent history. It’s then time to hop inside the super-swift high-speed elevator, which travels at a rate of10 metres per second all the way to At the Top. Throughout the journey to the top, visitors are entertained by a multimedia presentation of the exotic history of Dubai and the marvel of the Burj Khalifa.

Once at your destination, special binoculars allow you to spot Dubai’s famous sights, as well as provide a virtual journey through time, showing the city as it was. Tours generally last an hour but visitors can take their time. Souvenirs are available at the gift shop but you are already going to take away unforgettable memories of this manmade marvel.

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I’ve just watched the leaked Mission Impossible 4… Mon, 27 Jun 2011 09:52:49 +0000 admin I’ve just watched the leaked Mission: Impossible 4 trailer. The quality isn’t great and it’s in French, but there are some amazing shots of Dubai with Tom Cruise running through DIFC and scaling the dizzy heights of the Burj Khalifa. There are a few appearances from the new Jumeirah Zabeel Saray too. Check it out at

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