By Ethelbert Obinna Umeh
It is truly amazing that world’s tallest building, Burj Khalifa is a record breaker. Over the years, it has impressively breaks so many notable records.
I have interacted with few people that have visited this tourist destination in the United Arab Emirates. Here are the fruits from the exclusive, yet rewarding chat.
#1 Burj Khalifa is 2,716.5 feet tall. It is twice as tall as the popular EmpireState Building and thrice as tall as the Eiffel Tower.
#2 Besides holding the record as the world’s tallest building, it has six other notable world records namely; highest outdoor observation deck, highest occupied floor around the globe, highest number of stories, tallest freestanding structure, tallest service elevator, elevator with the longest travel distance and many more.
#3 The total volume of aluminium used in this tallest building is equivalent to about five A380 aircraft put together.
#4 Annually, about 15 million gallons of water are sustainably collected.
#5 Boasts of the longest single running elevator. Approximately, there are about 140 floors. This elevator operates at 10 metre per second, and this is the fastest around the globe. To reach the observation deck of the 124th floor from the ground floor will take you just sixty seconds.
#6 Burj Khalifa can be sighted from 95 kilometres away.
#7 About 12000 workers works in Burj Khalifa daily.
#8 Burj Khalifa was a huge project; it took 22 million man-hours, 55,000 tons of steel rebar and 110,000 tons of concrete to work this excellent piece of art.
#9 Excavation works started in 2004, and was completed in 2010 to the admiration of all and sundry.
#10 Burj Khalifa was built to look exactly like the exciting and fun-looking Hymenocallis flower.
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