Dubai, Nov 25 (PTI) President Pratibha Patil today visited Burj Khalifa, the world’s tallest skyscraper, here.
The exact height of the wonder of modern architecture was not revealed till the final stages of its construction.
The buidling is 828 metres tall.
Patil, who is on an official visit here, visited the skyscraper, which was officially opened on January 4 this year. It was previously known as Burj Dubai. Burj means tower in Arabic language.
It was renamed after Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, the President of UAE and ruler of Abu Dhabi.
Burj Khalifa has a number of records to its credit. It is the tallest building, tallest free-standing structure, tallest man-made structure, building with most floors (160) previously the US” World Trade Centre (110), highest elevator installation, highest outdoor observation deck (440m), highest mosque at 158th floor, fastest elevators at speed of 64km/h, or 18m/s — its take just a minute to reach from ground level to top floor.
The bulding has 49 office floors and houses 1044 residential apartments and there is a floor area of 334,000 square metres. There are 57 lifts in the tower.
There are 28,261 glass panels on the exterior of the tower. Its top spire can be seen from 95km afar.