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Burj Khalifa

Burj Khalifa, which was first named and at some point is still also called Burj Dubai, is arguably the highest residence building and also the tallest building ever built in the world. Located in the centre of Dubai, the Burj Khalifa means the crown on all the huge efforts of Dubai in order to create the city richest in breaking world records. Let us see some of the history and structure of Burj Khalifa including some information on what we can find within the building right now.

Burj Khalifa looks incredible. Whenever you see it on a photograph, you will start wondering whether this building is the result of a very good photoshopping or it is for real. Yet it has been standing in the centre of Dubai downtown for 3 years now, which can serve as good evidence on its existence. Burj Khalifa was renamed from Burj Dubai as a salute for the president of the United Arab Emirates, who is also the Sheikh of Abu Dhabi Sheikh Bin Zayed Al Nahyan. The building’s height is close to being 830 metres and its structure looks like as if you put metal tubes of different size together. These tube-like forms really support the building as a whole, with only one tube being the highest, which gets thinner and thinner towards the top of the building.

Burj Khalifa was built to be the central part of Dubai’s brand new development called downtown Dubai, which will look like a town-in-town, with Burj Khalifa located on a separate islands. It also contains other islands inside. Thanks to the water of the Dubai Creek, the flowing is partly transformed to head into the new downtown area of Dubai, creating islands, bays and area full of water to make the previous desert all the livelier. Burj Khalifa also makes a so-called triangle with two other world records in its area: the Dubai Mall, being the largest shopping mall in the world and the Dubai fountains, being the largest network of fountains in the world. The Dubai Downtown area has been made authentic with the beautiful old style wind towered houses of The Palace and the Souk Al Bahar making the area modern yet authentic in the same time. This area is already beautiful and really worth more than one visits. Burj Khalifa, besides its monumental outlook is the most famous to house the trendiest hotel in town, which is the Armani Hotel with its 5 restaurants, located on the first 40 floors starting from the ground floor offering hotel rooms, suites and residences with a magnificent view to the city. By far it’s Armani that has the highest effect on the building, which also includes 2 other residence sections with the rest being for mechanical and corporate use. Its Atmosphere restaurant on the 122th floor is one of the highest lying restaurants in the world. Its observation deck is also very popular to visit; this can be found on the 124th floor.

Burj Khalifa gives a magnificent site and with its beautiful park, waterside and all the great buildings in its area, it really makes a downtown within the downtown, thanks to its sole presence. The area of the Burj Khalifa-Dubai Mall-Dubai Fountain is also called the Burj Dubai district.