Kingdom Holding Company, the Saudi Arabia-based developer, has awarded a $1.2 billion (Dh4.41 billion) contract to the country's Bin Laden Group for constructing the one-kilometre tall tower in Jeddah that is set to break Burj Khalifa's record as the world's tallest building.
While thousands braved traffic and crowds to catch a glimpse of the opening ceremony of the Burj Khalifa, the tallest building in the world, Karim Al Bassatne simply walked to the balcony of his three-and-a-half-bedroom apartment in Burj Residences to witness history in the making. He even invited some friends over, giving them all a moment to remember for the rest of their lives.
The Burj Khalifa observation deck has been temporarily closed for "maintenance and upgrade". A spokesperson for Burj Khalifa, said: "Due to unexpected high traffic, the observation deck experience at the Burj Khalifa, At the Top, has been temporarily closed for maintenance and upgrade.
Burj Khalifa, which has experienced several lightning strikes, boasts one of the most advanced lightning prevention systems in the world, said Param Singh, regional marketing manager at Manav Enterprises, the company which installed the lightning protection system in the tower.
The leased space will have a capacity for about 1,250 staff and will include a state-of-the-art trading floor. "The move to Downtown Dubai area will allow us to accommodate our growing workforce to support business growth across the UAE. The building is being developed by Gulf Resources Development and Investment LLC (GRDI).
Police denied reports about a fire breaking out at the Burj Khalifa on Saturday night. Police termed it a rumour, a "Blackberry story". The rumour spread like wild fire on social-networking websites with many users posting pictures of what appears like bright light on one side of Burj Khalifa.
When hotels across Dubai were dropping rack rates all through the year to shore up occupancy levels, two of the hotels within Downtown Burj Khalifa more than held their own. And we can put it down to the location, not to mention the helping hand lent by proximity to the world's tallest tower.
Dubai boasts of a number of the world's biggest and tallest structures, not to mention having at least five Guinness world record entries within one square kilometre in Downtown Dubai. The Guinness World Records presented a plaque yesterday recognising ‘At.mosphere' as the world's ‘Highest Restaurant from Ground Level".
The Dubai Fountain song Baba Yetu has won a Grammy for its composer Christopher Tin. Taken from the album Calling All Dawns, the Swahili song won the Grammy for "Best Instrumental Arrangement Accompanying Vocalists" and is also the theme tempo for the video game, "Civilization IV". The song made history for being the first video gaming music to be nominated and to win the prestigious music award.
"Although I'm known for climbing without safety [equipment] this is a different game because Burj Khalifa is much taller than any of the previous tallest buildings in the world." For this reason he has opted to climb the world's current tallest building, which stands at 828 metres, using a rope and harness.