By Parag Deulgaonkar

The fastest traveling elevators in the world are not in Burj Khalifa, the tallest tower in the world, but the tower of superlatives does have the world’s fastest “double-decker” elevators, says Emporis

Taipei 101 Copyright: Daniel Shih
Taipei 101 Copyright: Daniel Shih

The international building-data provider states though the engineers working on the design of Burj Khalifa first thought about installing triple-decker elevators, which would have been the first in the world, double-decker elevators were installed having a capacity of 12 to 14 persons per cabin.

In terms of speed of elevators, Burj Khalifa, 828-metre high, shares the third position on the list with maximum elevator speed of 600 metres per minute, or 36kmph.

“What is more, the double-deckers’ passengers are also able to travel the longest distance currently possible in an elevator, exiting after a ride of 504 metres at the world’s highest stop, 638 metres up the building,” Emporis stated.

Burj Khalifa is home to 57 elevators and eight escalators with the building service/fireman’s elevator having a capacity of 5,500 kilogrammes and is the world’s tallest service elevator, according to Emaar Properties website. More info