Considered the tallest building globally, the Burj Khalifa in Dubai is an iconic landmark. Discover the intricacies behind this stunning piece of architecture and what makes it a worldwide phenomenon.

The design

Standing at a mind-blowing height of 830m, the design of this tower was based on the desert lily, a flower growing amid the golden UAE desert. The temperature at the tower’s peak is 6 degrees Celsius cooler than at the base.

Ank Kumar , The making of Burj Khalifa, Dubai (Ank Kumar) 11, CC BY-SA 4.0

The interior

Impressively, the Burj Khalifa’s interior is home to many types of properties and facilities. The tower is renowned for its two observation decks which afford jaw-dropping views of the city and Palm Jumeirah, including hotels such as Anantara The Palm Dubai Resort. It is also home to the most sought-after residences in Dubai, housing 900 apartments, penthouses, and the world’s first 300-room Armani Hotel. Eateries, spas, sundecks, gyms, and gardens are other popular places of interest within the building.

Fun facts

Did you know that this skyscraper is much higher than the Empire State Building and the Eiffel Tower? If this isn’t impressive enough, it is also believed that each piece of this building, when laid out, would cover a quarter of the earth’s surface.

Impressive feats

The Burj Khalifa holds the ‘world’s highest’ status not only for its height. It has the globe’s highest number of storeys, observation deck, occupied floor, tallest service elevator, and art gallery, and longest travel distance for an elevator.