Photographer Gerald Donovan spent a grueling three and a half hours baking in the sun to take 4,250 shots of the city with his Canon 7D.
The 828-metre Burj Khalifa, the world’s tallest tower in Dubai, UAE, is the inspiration behind the design of 632-meter Shanghai Tower, China’s tallest, and the world’s second tallest tower.
It may well be the tallest building on the planet, but the Burj Khalifa can no longer boast the fastest lifts in the world. That record has now been clinched by the new 1 080 metre/minute lift in the 212.75-metre-high G1 Tower being built by Hitachi in Hitachinaka City, Ibaraki Prefecture in Japan. This will also be the tallest lift research facility in the world.
Six Construct, a Belgian company that helped to build the Burj Khalifa, and its Saudi partner, El Seif Engineering Contracting, are vying for the project against Australia’s Multiplex Construction and Saudi BinLadin Group, one of the biggest construction companies in the region
Leading temporary power specialist Aggreko has been contracted by event management company Sundance Events to provide a rental power package for the upcoming Mohamed Mounir concert at Burj Khalifa Park on Friday. Mohamed Mounir, one of the best-known musicians in the Middle East, will perform live in Dubai for the first time to an estimated crowd of over 5,000 fans.
Standing 828 meters (2,717 feet) tall and boasting more than 160 stories, Burj Khalifa is the world’s tallest structure: a single tower that will eventually house 12,000 people. The significance of designing and building the tallest building on Earth, costing over AED5.5 billion (US$1.5 billion), has become a matter of national pride making the protection of this national asset a priority to the government of the UAE, investors, and the tourism industry.
In 2004, Dubai could dream of towering over the world, but by January 2010, the towers were renamed Burj Khalifa from Burj Dubai, to publicly acknowledge the role of the President of the United Arab Emirates in saving the city-state from a financial default in November 2009.
A short film posted by China-based Broad Sustainable Building (BSB) on Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat website shows the tower having a garden on the top most floor and open terraces, with the company dubbing the development as ‘One Building, One City, Sky City’.