Created New History and records, was happy to witness it.

Burj Dubai, or as its known now as Burj Khalefa.

The opening cermony video by the prime minister

Yesterday the world witnessed the grand opening of Burj Dubai, the tallest tower in the world. I was unfortunate as I was not able to get closer to the event place due to massive traffic and I witnessed the grand fire work from the car. I did click some images but its not stock worthy. But all in all was happy to witness this massive structure.

I have witnessed the development of this massive tower as I stay very close to this tower, so every day I see this tower from my house and when I go out.

There are quite a lot of images about this structure in DT database, but I would like to post just mine here. and some important facts about this great structure exclusively for DT users. (this is again a seo work and promotional tool, as google will pick up this and might bring some sales)

So the facts are here

Tallest building in the world – surpassing Taipei 101 in Taiwan, which at 508 metres (1,667 ft) had held the title of the ‘tallest building in the world’ since it opened in 2004

Tallest man-made structure in the world – surpassing the KVLY-TV mast in North Dakota, USA, which stands at 628.8 metres (2,063 ft)

Tallest free-standing structure in the world – breaking the 31-year-old record of CN Tower, which stands at 553.33 metres (1,815.5 ft)

Largest number of storeys in the world – over 160

Highest occupied floor in the world – Level 160

Highest outdoor observation deck in the world – Level 124

World record for vertical concrete pumping – over 600 metres, beating the previous record held by Taipei 101 (448 metres or 1,470 ft)

Tallest service elevator in the world – 504 metres (1,654 ft), more than the height of Taipei 101 (448 metres) and almost one-and-a-half times that of the Empire State Building in New York (381 metres)

World record for the highest installation of an aluminium and glass façade

World’s highest swimming pool on Level 76 (over 260 metres; over 853 ft)

Tallest building in the world – surpassing Taipei 101 in Taiwan, which at 508 metres (1,667 ft) had held the title of the ‘tallest building in the world’ since it opened in 2004

Tallest man-made structure in the world – surpassing the KVLY-TV mast in North Dakota, USA, which stands at 628.8 metres (2,063 ft)

Tallest free-standing structure in the world – breaking the 31-year-old record of CN Tower, which stands at 553.33 metres (1,815.5 ft)

Largest number of storeys in the world – over 160

Highest occupied floor in the world – Level 160

Highest outdoor observation deck in the world – Level 124

World record for vertical concrete pumping – over 600 metres, beating the previous record held by Taipei 101 (448 metres or 1,470 ft)

Tallest service elevator in the world – 504 metres (1,654 ft), more than the height of Taipei 101 (448 metres) and almost one-and-a-half times that of the Empire State Building in New York (381 metres)

World record for the highest installation of an aluminium and glass façade

World’s highest swimming pool on Level 76 (over 260 metres; over 853 ft)

Milestones

Excavation started

January 2004

Piling started

February 2004

Superstructure started

March 2005

Level 50

une 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 pipe jacking & Burj Dubai tops out

January 2009

Cladding completed

September 2009

Grand inauguration

January 4, 2010

Facts at a Glance

Final height

Over 828 metres (2,625 ft)

Final number of floors

Over 160 storeys

Built-up area

5.67 million sq ft

Weight of empty building

500,000 tonnes

Total concrete used

330,000 cubic m (11.6 million cubic ft)

Total reinforced steel used

39,000 m/t

Total glass used for façade

103,000 sq m (1.1 million sq ft)

Total stainless steel used for cladding

15,500 sq m (166,800 sq ft)

Total man hours

22 million

Developer

Emaar Properties PJSC

Architects and Engineers

Chicago-based Skidmore, Owings and Merrill (SOM)

Designer

Adrian Smith

Main Contractor

South Korea’s Samsung Corporation

Project & Construction Manager

New York-based Turner International

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January 09, 2010

Irisangel

Wonderful images! We saw the opening on television here in the U.S.
Spectacular. Good luck with sales!

January 08, 2010

Kaththea

Wow! Great building! Nice shots! Thanks for the info)

January 07, 2010

Wildmac

Wow! What a fantastic building! It has an almost sci fi look, like it's from way in the future. Excellent shots :)

January 06, 2010

Creativei

This is what the GM had to say,
Mr. Thomas Dempsey, General Manager, Burj Khalifa,
“The panoramic views are like those from an airplane, such is your height above ground. There is also plenty to take in before you step into the elevators to the 124th floor: interactive displays, montages describing the evolution of the tower, and in-depth information explaining the people and technology responsible for this incredible building.”

January 06, 2010

Creativei

Warren, well the cost is not yet released. The moment I get I will inform you, Noonie at that height there is no gravitation force, so even with a bungee you cannot jump :-)))

January 06, 2010

smartview27

simply great!

January 06, 2010

Fultonsphoto

At that height it must be mind blowing, never seen any of the "tallest towers" so it must be amazing. Thanks for detailed info, any ideas about costs?

January 06, 2010

Frantab01

great blog, thanks for the info - very interesting :)

January 05, 2010

Noonie

I wondered if you'd make it! Sorry that you didn't make it quite on time, though :(((( I watched coverage on the news and it's quite amazing. Wonder if they will have bungee jumping from the top? LOL

January 05, 2010

Creativei

Aginger, great to know you were expecting a blog from me.

January 05, 2010

Aginger

Yapp, I was really waiting for your post, I was sure you wouldn't miss that!!! Thank you for riporting :)

January 05, 2010

Creativei

Marilyngould, I'm excited, just want to go to the 124th floor so I could take some beautiful images, I always love Aeriel Shots.

Mani, this time I missed the event, inspite of holding the pass.

Naiyyer, yeah I should have used metro, my friend was the culprit. I missed the photo session but saw the excellent firework. And my son's name is Subhaan.

January 05, 2010

Naiyyer

Good Detailed Article Altaf,

You should prefer using the metro instead of car to get to the venue. I took some photos and i have submitted to DT as well it was my first fireworks experience with relative limited specs camera but i think i learn a lot this time which will inshallah help me in future experiences. take care and what name you give to your son :)

January 05, 2010

Mani33

WOW Altaf! Thanks for the full documentation! It must be really nice to see that event! Wish you luck with your new editorial life ;)

January 05, 2010

Marilyngould

Thanks for the information -- I'm dizzy just reading as I imagine peering out over the observation deck. I've never been fond of heights! Cheers, Marilyn

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