Burj Khalifa offers tourists 'two sunsets'

18/06/2012 - Dubai Lifestyle News Posted by Neil King
Burj Khalifa offers tourists 'two sunsets'

It may be the most iconic property in the UAE, but there is more to the Burj Khalifa than the fact it is the tallest tower in the world.The Daily Mail reports this architectural wonder is also a marvel for sky-watching, as the vast height of the building enables people to experience the same sunset twice.In less than one minute, lucky tourists can watch the colourful evening moment two times if they are inside the tower's vertiginous glass lift.This small miracle has been proved by one visitor who filmed the unusual sequence of events.The clip begins with the traveller recording the sun setting on the horizon of the United Arab Emirates near the very top of the tallest building.Then, as the elevator ascends to the highest floor of the Burj Khalifa, the sun magically reappears and then sets once again, giving viewers the pleasure of seeing this beautiful spectacle twice in one evening from the same place.In addition to offering double sunsets, just being at the structure is amazing enough, as it stands more than 828m tall and can be seen from 60 miles away, presiding over the comparatively dwarfed luxury hotel blocks and residential skyscrapers of Dubai.Construction of the Burj Khalifa began in 2004 and was named after UAE president Khalifa Bin Zayed in a surprise move, as the structure was originally going to be christened the Burj Dubai.It is home to the world's first Armani hotel and has an observation deck on its 124th storey.The glass and steel exterior of the tower would cover 17 football fields and takes between six and eight weeks to clean to a polish, while the concrete used to make its solid core could be poured to form a pavement 1,283 miles long.As well as being the tallest tower, the Burj Khalifa also has more storeys than any other building and is the highest occupied structure, housing commercial and residential units.