The Burj Khalifa is taller than any other building on Earth, but its observation deck does not make it as World Number One. A list of the world's tallest viewing platforms puts the Burj's At the Top in third place behind the decks on two towers in China.
Today’s highest skyscraper -- the 818-meter (2,684-foot) Burj Khalifa in Dubai -- is set to be overtaken by the 1 kilometer Kingdom Tower in Jeddah when it’s completed in 2018. Developing countries are eclipsing the U.S. and Europe in the “megatall” category of 600-meter-plus buildings, fueled by faster economic growth and a desire to show off their wealth.
The hands that designed the world’s tallest building, Burj Khalifa, will now be sketching homes for the Indian customer. None other than Skidmore Owings & Merrill (SOM), one of the world’s largest architectural and engineering firms, has been roped in by Godrej Properties for the Rs 5,000-crore project in Gujarat.
The German bathroom fittings and shower manufacturer supplied more than 5000 fittings from its Axor Starck luxury collection for the Burj Khalifa. The installation started in 2008 and was finished in June 2009. “Hansgrohe was given a great deal of credit for not pulling out of the market in the face of the economic crisis, unlike other companies,” said Siegfried Gänßlen, chairman of the management board of Hansgrohe AG.
Kingdom Holding Co. said the more than 3,280 foot (1,000 meter) high Kingdom Tower, to be built north of the Red Sea city of Jiddah, is part of the first phase of the planned Kingdom City. The sprawling mega project, announced in 2008, is slated to cover a two-square mile area.
The Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) announced that the Dubai Metro, comprising the Red and Green lines, has posted high ridership rates last April, clocking 13,879,636 passengers, which compares well with the ridership recorded during the same period last year amounting to 11,298,414 riders.
The completion of the world’s tallest building, the Burj Dubai, made scores of international headlines this week. Among those who took part in the huge project in the United Arab Emirates was a Czech firm called Pega Hoist, whose high-speed construction elevators were used throughout the building stage.