You only get to ride halfway to the top of the world's tallest tower in Dubai for your Ł20 ticket, despite the newly opened tourist experience being billed At the Top. Even so, take it. It sure beats the slow climb up the Empire State Building. After an ear-popping 55-second ride, the lift opens onto the 124th-floor viewing platform. From 1400 feet up, you can gaze down in wonder at the hundreds of becalmed tower cranes and the dozens of half-finished buildings.
Did you know that the maximum occupancy of the Burj Khalifa is 35,000 people, almost the population of a small town! And did you know that during the hot summer months or in the cool winters, the temperature at the top of Burj Khalifa is six degrees cooler than at ground level.
Oil revenues have already fuelled a high-profile construction frenzy in the former Soviet state of Azerbaijan, but in an attempt to raise its profile further, the Caspian Sea country is looking to build the tallest building in the world. Tentatively named Azerbaijan Tower, the planned 1,050 metre structure will dwarf Dubai’s Burj Khalifa to look over Baku’s largest development project which is planned to include dozens of artificial islands and a Formula One race track.
Mekar, a leading central air-con company, has opened its own dedicated sales and service centre in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, and will soon be opening similar offices in Qatar and Abu Dhabi. Aliseo Group, the Italian company that owns Mekar, recently acquired the company’s distributor in the UAE, Royal Gulf, which was part of regional conglomerate Koohiji Group. Mekar has provided high-end air-con products for many of the region’s iconic projects, including the seven-star Burj Al Arab hotel, the Burj Khalifa, the Yas Marina hotel in Abu Dhabi and Al Wakra hospital in Qatar.
Big innovation happens a lot in the Middle East, in fact probably more than anywhere else in the world. Who else would have built Burj Khalifa? I think the reason it's happened a lot is because there is a lot of support from the Government and there's not necessarily the question of a business case behind it. The challenge is on small innovation, the day-to-day stuff.
The Burj Khalifa was practically made to inspire a fear of heights. At 2,717 ft and 160 stories, the building formerly known as the Burj Dubai is the tallest building in Dubai, in Asia, and on the planet—it is literally the tallest freestanding thing ever made. And on February 8, 2010, 15 of its visitors found themselves stuck in the highest elevator in the world for 45 minutes. On the 129th floor.
The Burj Khalifa has been designated a global icon by the Council for Tall Buildings and Urban Habitats, the Chicago-based organisation that sets the guidelines for tall buildings worldwide. The Dubai tower was given the CTBUH's new 'Global Icon' award at the organisation's awards ceremony last week, with judges claiming that the classification 'Best Tall Building' was not lofty enough for the Burj.
The Checkers kitchen is the third addition to Armani/Dada kitchen range, following its predecessors, Bridge & Calyx. True to the Giorgio Armani style, the design of Checkers is extremely simple, sober and linear language. Checkers is a functional kitchen, ordered and efficient in its technological apparatus and specialized appliances.
NASA has released an updated satellite photo showing Dubai's artificial islands and its newly completed Burj Khalifa, the world's tallest building which stands more than 800 meters. The projects, which were much hyped during development, are seeming ill-conceived on the heels of Dubai's real estate market crash and two bailouts by Abu Dhabi, Dubai's oil-rich neighbor.