Burj Khalifa is a 828 meters mega tall skyscraper in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, the building is best known for being the current world’s tallest skyscraper, it’s the most popular tourist attraction in Dubai and it’s located in Downtown Dubai. Its name literally means Khalifa Tower. Formerly known as Dubai Tower, it changed to Burj Khalifa when the tower officially opened on January 4th 2010. Khalifa is derived from the name of Sheikh Khalifa Bin Zayed Al Maktoum, who is the president of Adu Dhabi as well as United Arab Emirates. It was designed by Adrian Smith from Chicago-based architecture firm Skidmore, Owings & Merrill, he has also designed some other notable projects like Wuhan Greenland Center in China and Jeddah Tower in Saudi Arabia. The tower is built on a shamrock-shaped footprint, making the tower seen like a letter ‘Y’ from above in the air, this shape derived from Hymenocallis, a local plant live in desert, the tower’s cross section area reduces gradually as it rises. This shape helps also the stability of the building. The tower is used in variety of purposes, respectively are Office, Residential, Hotels, Restaurant, Observation and Communication.
The 39th floor or level 39 and floors below are used as hotels or residences by Armani, the floors from level 39 to level 108 are mainly used for residences. Above level 108 to level 154 are office spaces, with the exception of level 124,125 and level 148, which are the 3 separated observation decks for public sightseeing. And there’s also a restaurant set at level 122, named Atmosphere. The floors above level 154 to 163 are all mechanical floors. The number of floors is so huge as there are a total of 2909 stairs from the ground floor to 160th floor.
On New Year’s Eve, every year fireworks show or laser show will take place on Burj Khalifa, attracting thousands of people to watch the scene and millions watch online at the same time. I’d like to watch these fireworks someday in the future on New Year’s Eve on Burj Khalifa. I have to be honest, visiting Dubai is my childhood dream and I still love the idea to visit the city and to see this tall tower. I find the Burj Khalifa a spectacular building in its majesty. It is already an eye-catcher to see it from a distance, I cannot imagine the emotion it arouses in presence. Every evening it is lit up with grandiose plays of light. Visiting Dubai has been a childhood dream of mine ever since I saw a documentary about the city’s most important attractions. It is unique to see so many skyscrapers next to each other and so much glitz. I am also fascinated by the Arab world and its culture which is so different and distant from ours.