Top Interesting Facts About Burj Khalifa And Its Secrets


The city of Dubai is famously known for its skyscrapers, innovations, and large developments. It is home to the globe’s tallest skyscraper ever built – Burj Khalifa. Burj Khalifa is not just a building but a remarkable presence of Dubai’s rapid transformation from the early 2000s. Burj Khalifa is meant to be the masterpiece of the city’s development as it reaches the sky height. The construction team faced several challenges while creating this art piece. The workers of the construction team had to come up with innovative ideas so that the building would stand still and tall and have significant architectural design. Explore Top Interesting Facts about Burj Khalifa in this fascinating journey through Dubai’s iconic landmark.

But overcoming all the challenges, the construction of Burj Khalifa was completed in January 2010 and it was ready for the grand opening. It created history by becoming the most attractive and tallest building in the world.

Early Name of Burj Khalifa

The tower was earlier known as Burj Dubai until its official grand opening on January 4, 2010. It was renamed in honor of the president of Abu Dhabi, Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan for his crucial support in bailing out Dubai from its financial crisis. The name change was a surprise to many, but it was a gesture of gratitude. Now, It has become a tourist hub and people travel to Dubai from all over the world, just to have a glimpse of this building. The building holds amazing secrets in itself and has several interesting facts about it. These facts make Burj Khalifa more unique from other buildings. 

Top 8 Interesting Facts about Burj Khalifa

Top 8  Interesting Facts about Burj Khalifa

1. Tallest Building In the World 

The Burj Khalifa is double the World’s most famous structure: The Empire State Building. Adding to that, two Eiffel Towers could be placed upon each other and the Burj Khalifa would still be the tallest as per Guinness World Records. The Burj Khalifa height is impressively 828 meters (2716.5 feet) tall, at the center of Dubai. It became the talk of the town back in 2010 and still is because of its impressive structure. This building pierces the cloud with a height of about 1482 feet from the distance of ground. These qualities make the Burj Khalifa the largest freestanding building in the world, and the highest observation deck for public sight view in the world.

2. Highest Number Of Stories In a Building 

With around 163 floors, Burj Khalifa stands tall and makes another record for such several floors in the building. It surpassed The World Trade Center with almost 110 floors.  It was a great challenge for the construction team to hold up such a stable building with the utmost unique architecture in the early 2000s. It was a remarkable symbol of Dubai’s greatest achievement. The Building also has unbelievable elevators to reach such floors in as little time as possible. It takes around 2909 stairs to reach the level of 163 floors and ladders are used for the last three floors as per the Burj khalifa fact sheet. 124 and 125 are the specific floors made for tourists for special sightseeing views from the top of the building.

3. Fastest Elevators in the World

The Burj Khalifa has been listed in third position in the world record with the fastest speed elevator at 35-36km/h which is 600 meters per minute. It has the longest and the fastest running elevators in the world. There are double-decker elevators that were made to carry people around a capacity of 12 to 14 per cabin. Earlier, the project of the triple-decker elevator was considered by engineers which would have made Burj Khalifa the world’s first in the Guinness Book of Records. 

On average per second, the speed of Burj Khalifa is approximately 10 meters. The visitors of Burj Khalifa can reach the 124th floor in just one minute. 

4. The Corporate Suits 

Dubai’s Burj Khalifa is a home to businesses of different industries, One of them is the corporate suits of the tower. The corporate suits of Burj Khalifa occupy over 37 floors of the building. It is the ultimate business destination for the corporate high-flyers. Corporate suits for high-class business meetings occupy the almost top-remaining floors of the tower. 

Some of the companies involve financial firms, real-estate companies, and legal consulting firms. It is also available to businesses such as luxury hotels, restaurants, and bars. The tower offers a variety of opportunities and employment to various individuals and businesses.

5. The Armani Hotel 

The signature Armani suits designed by Giorgio Armani himself offer the utmost elegance and hospitality. The Armani Hotel, exclusively covers almost ten to eleven floors of Burj Khalifa, especially the level 38 and 39 of the tower. The Armani residences reflect his approach to elegance at the heart of the world’s tallest tower. 

The furnishings and luminous lighting of Deluxe and Balcony suites are done in a clever way that they complement each other. The Armani has an award-winning culinary journey also. They have the best all-world cuisines for tourists all over the world.

6. 26,000 Glass Panels On The Exterior 

To conserve energy and reduce heat transfer , completely hand-cut glass panels cover the exterior of Burj Khalifa. Many advanced processes were used to create these 26,000 glass panels. In early times, during construction, Sustainability was kept in mind and prioritized throughout the construction process.

At the top of the Burj Khalifa, Many solar panels were placed to heat gallons of water each day. This also makes the Burj Khalifa the most environment-friendly tallest building in the world.

7. World’s Highest Restaurant – On Level 122 

Another tourist attraction, The Atmosphere Restaurant/lounge/bar of Burj Khalifa covers the 122 level of the building. It is situated at a height of 442 meters and spread over 1030 square meters. While enjoying drinks and refreshments, tourists can have a top view of Dubai’s futuristic Skyline and Arabian Gulf. 

The atmosphere has the best cuisines with top-quality ingredients. The best seats in the restaurant offer the view of The Dubai Fountain.

8. Shape Of Hymenocallis flower

Another interesting fact about Burj Khalifa is that it is designed in such a way that resembles the Hymenocallis flower. It is a regional desert flower that also inspired the architect’s vision of a large tower. The shape of the flower is easily detectable from the public observation deck. It is surrounded from all six sides to make the tower more powerful.  

In addition to the aesthetic advantages, the shape “Y” was chosen to reduce the wind forces on the tower. It also provides good floor plates for residential purposes.


The story of Burj Khalifa is a tale of overcoming challenges in early times when technology was not at its peak as compared to now. But the building made it through all the challenges and holds around six world records for its amazing features. The building has created history with unique architecture and commitment to innovation. Burj Khalifa is all about making a statement for Dubai as the best tourist spot and an unforgettable experience for its visitors. 

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