Burj Khalifa is the tallest worldwide building since its inauguration in January 2010, but it isn’t the only interesting thing we can tell you about this building. It also has numerous Guinness Records, including the highest viewpoint, disco and restaurant in the world and, of course, the record of the tallest building or structure in the world. Here we present you 20 Curious Facts You Probably Didn’t Know About the Burj Khalifa.
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Things You Probably Didn’t Know About Burj Khalifa
1. It was inaugurated on January 4, 2010 and since then it is the largest building in the world.
2. Has a height of 828 meters (2,722 ft) and during its construction its height was kept secret.
3. The site where the Burj Khalifa was built was previously a military complex called “Central Military Command”.
4. During the construction, 3 of the largest cranes in the world were used, able to lift a capacity of 25 tonnes.
5. The Burj Khalifa has a total of 163 floors and 2,909 steps, although these reach only up to the 160th floor.
6. Its houses the highest art gallery in the world with works by more than 85 artists.
7. It was built by more than 12,000 workers (mainly from Southeast Asia) over a period of 4 years.
8. Tom Cruise climbed the structure for the filming of the movie Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol.
9. The decision to construct the building is based on the government’s decision to diversify from an oil-based economy and for Dubai to gain international recognition.
10. The design of the building was inspired in the Spider Lily, a flower very typical in the region of Dubai for its ability to adapt to tropical climates.
11. The Burj Khalifa is one of the most photographed buildings worldwide.
12. It has the fastest elevator in the world, which is capable of runs half kilometer in a minute.
13. The estimated total cost of the project was approximately US $ 1.5 billion.
14. In case of emergencies there is a pressurized refuge space with air conditioning every 25 floors.
15. In case of fire there are lifts available only for firefighters.
16. Has its own Instagram account with more than 1 million followers.
17. About 1 million liters of water are consumed daily.
18. The gardens are watered using the condensation of the air conditioning systems and the atmosphere.
19. To clean the windows the workers must climb on 12 machines that move by a kind of external roads to be able to clean the 24,000 windows that the building has.
20. In December 2017 there was a show of led lights called ‘Light Up 2018’, which broke two world records: “Largest illuminated facade and Tallest LED-illuminated facade”.