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Frequently Asked Questions

Burj Khalifa is a skyscraper located in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. It is the tallest man-made structure in the world, as of my last update in September 2021.

The height of Burj Khalifa is approximately 828 meters (2,717 feet) with a total of 163 floors.

The construction of Burj Khalifa began in 2004 and was officially completed on January 4, 2010. It was opened to the public on January 4, 2010.

Burj Khalifa primarily serves as a mixed-use building. It houses residential apartments, corporate offices, hotels (such as the Armani Hotel Dubai), and observation decks for visitors.

The architectural firm Skidmore, Owings & Merrill (SOM) was responsible for the design of Burj Khalifa, with Adrian Smith and Bill Baker being the lead architects and structural engineers, respectively.

Burj Khalifa has two observation decks accessible to the public. The lower deck is called "At the Top" and is situated on the 124th floor, while the higher deck is known as "At the Top Sky" and is located on the 148th floor.

The topmost floors of Burj Khalifa, above the observation decks, are not accessible to the public. They are primarily used for telecommunications and other infrastructure purposes.

Burj Khalifa holds several world records, including the tallest building, highest outdoor observation deck, highest occupied floor, and elevator with the longest travel distance.

The construction of Burj Khalifa required about 22 million man-hours and more than 110,000 tons of concrete.

It features a unique design inspired by traditional Islamic architecture and is intended to resemble a desert flower.

The building is designed to withstand high winds and earthquakes, and its exterior is covered in reflective glass panels.

Visitors can purchase tickets to the observation decks through the official website or at the ticket counter located at the base of the building. It is advisable to book tickets in advance to secure a preferred time slot.

The best time to visit Burj Khalifa's observation decks is usually during the sunset, as you can witness the stunning panoramic views of Dubai during both day and night. However, this can be a popular time, so booking tickets in advance is recommended.

The Burj Khalifa was constructed by a South Korean company called Samsung C&T (Engineering and Construction) and its local UAE partner, Arabtec Construction. The construction work began in 2004 and was completed in 2010. Samsung C&T was responsible for the primary construction and engineering aspects of the project, while Arabtec Construction, a leading UAE-based construction firm, provided local expertise and support. Together, they played a crucial role in bringing the world's tallest building to life.

Burj Khalifa has 163 floors above ground.

The residential wing of Burj Khalifa has 900 apartments.

It is said that the building is around 175m wide.

No, Burj Khalifa is not a 7-star hotel. But, it is home to the Armani Hotel Dubai, designed by the Italian fashion legend Giorgio Armani. The hotel features the designer’s signature minimalist style with bespoke furnishings, muted grey interiors and Japanese wooden floors.

It was named to honour the Ruler of Abu Dhabi and the President of the United Arab Emirates, H.H. Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan. Burj is the Arabic word for tower.

Excavation for Burj Khalifa began on 6th January 2004. 

The tower opened to public on 4th January 2010. 

The cost of building Burj Khalifa is estimated to be USD 1.5 billion. 

Burj Khalifa is located in Dubai.

Yes, Burj Khalifa can withstand an earthquake of up to 7 points on the Richter scale thanks to the advanced structural support mechanisms in place.

Burj Khalifa has a mix of commercial and residential spaces.

While there is a hotel in Burj Khalifa called the Armani Hotel Dubai, it would be inaccurate to categorise the tower as a hotel.

This is definitely one of the most common Burj Khalifa FAQs. The main server controls the LED lights installed on the outer façade of the building. Changing the colours of the lights in combination transforms the stunning structure into a gigantic LED screen. 

431,600 cubic yards of concrete and 39,000 tones of steel rebar were used to build this massive structure. 

The foundations are more than 50 metres (164 ft.) deep.

The 163rd floor is the highest floor in the skyscraper.

A spiraling “Y” shaped plan was employed in the building’s construction. 

Burj Khalifa is 303m taller than Sears Towers.

While Burj Khalifa is a mind-blowing artificial structure, it is not as high as Mount Everest. 

As stated earlier, Burj Khalifa is three times the height of Eiffel Towers.

No, Burj Khalifa is a taller structure than the Statue of Unity.

The under-construction Dubai Creek Tower will be 100m taller than Burj Khalifa. Check out our detailed comparison of Dubai Creek Tower and Burj Khalifa for more details.

Personal handbags and purses are allowed. However shopping bags, sports bags, backpacks, etc. must be stored in the secure baggage check room.

No food or drinks are allowed in At the Top.

Plan to arrive at least 10-15 minutes before your scheduled admission time.