After more than 5 years under construction, phase one of the iconic Burj Khalifa opened its doors on 4th January, illuminated by a display of 10,000 fireworks. Piercing the city’s skyline at a now confirmed 828 metres, the tower - originally named the Burj Dubai - officially holds the record as the world’s tallest structure. That’s double the height of the Empire State building in New York! Clad in over 28,000 glass panels, the Burj Khalifa has 160 floors, and dwarfs its nearest rival, the Taipei 101 Tower by 320 metres.
The Burj Khalifa was inaugurated by Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE, and Ruler of Dubai, HH Shaikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, on the fourth anniversary of his accession to power. The $4 billion development includes both commercial and residential space, and an observation deck on the 124th floor - not for the faint hearted! It also boasts the world’s fastest elevators, capable of travelling at 64 km per hour.