JAN 19 EDITIONTourism

BURJ KHALIFA:

The King of Dubai's Skyline

A trip to Dubai is incomplete without a guide tour of the iconic Burj Khalifa skyscraper. The towering architectural masterpiece is visible from as far as 95 kilometres away and from the observatory floor of the former “Burj Dubai”, one can see the spectacular view of the sprawling city stretching out over the Persian Gulf. Built over the course of 6 years, the building famed as the tallest in the world, the design includes that of a spire that resembles the Hymenocallis flower and was opened in January 2010. So massive is this 163-floor edifice that it accommodates over 304 hotel rooms and 900 rented living apartments. Its observatory deck located on the 124th floor has become a tourist attraction to millions of tourists from all corners of the globe.

Beautiful design from the dancing Fountain
The majesc Burj Khalifa Building

The world’s largest fountain system is located at the foot of the Burj Khalifa and it is home to a choreographed daily evening of spectacular dancing fountain. Better seen than imagined, the sound, sight and light water display emerges from the 30- acre man­made lake. Designed by WET Design, the California-based company responsible for the fountains at the Bellagio Hotel Lake in Las Vegas, the Dubai fountain is illuminated by over 6,600 lights and 50 colored projectors and shoots water up to 500 ft into the air accompanied by a range of classical to contemporary music. Witnessing the ”Dancing Fountain” is a must for all tourists that visit the United Arab Emirates.

The numerous breath-taking features of the Burj Khalifa are worthy of note and we have listed a few here for your delight.

  • It is 3 times as tall as the Eiffel Tower of Paris
  • It is 2 times taller than New York’s Empire state building.
  • It has 163 floors located above the ground.
  • It has 58 functional elevators that run at a top speed of 10 meters per second!
  • The total cost of the building is $1.5 Billion.
  • The total concrete weight of the building is equal to the weight of 100,000 elephants!
  • The weight of the aluminium used for the building is equivalent to that of 5 A380 aircrafts.
  • It took 6 years to construct. (2004 – 2010).
  • The magnificent Burj Khalifa which was designed by Skidmore Owings & Merill Hyder Consulting is owned by the Dubai-based construction giants Emaar.
Spectators enjoying the scenery of the dancing fountain beside the Burj Khalifa
A night view of water design at the dancing fountain

The world’s largest fountain system is located at the foot of the Burj Khalifa and it is home to a choreographed daily evening of spectacular dancing fountain. Better seen than imagined, the sound, sight and light water display emerges from the 30- acre man­made lake. Designed by WET Design, the California-based company responsible for the fountains at the Bellagio Hotel Lake in Las Vegas, the Dubai fountain is illuminated by over 6,600 lights and 50 colored projectors and shoots water up to 500 ft into the air accompanied by a range of classical to contemporary music. Witnessing the ”Dancing Fountain” is a must for all tourists that visit the United Arab Emirates.

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