The construction of the Burj Khalifa tower in Dubai started on 21 September 2004 and the tower was officially opened on 4 January 2010. I have visited Dubai twice in 2006 and 2007. Both times I only saw a glimpse of the Burj Khalifa. Luckily my parents went this year and got a better view of the tower….
To me the project just expressed a big sense of megalomania, narcissistic maybe: why would you build so high up in the sky? Thinking about it a bit more, the tower is actually about ultimate achievements and challenging mankind to go to extremes. People always surge for growth, we are not satisfied if things are just the same as last time. So the Burj Khalifa broke all the records:
- Tallest building in the world (828 meters or 2,716.5 feet)
- Tallest free-standing structure in the world
- Highest number of storeys in the world (160)
- Highest occupied floor in the world
- Highest outdoor observation deck in the world
- Elevator with the longest travel distance in the world
- Tallest service elevator in the world
Does this satisfy mankind? Probably not for long. Taller buildings will be constructed (I believe the first building of 1 kilometer or 1,6 miles is already planned) with more storeys and elevators with even longer travel distances!
My parents visited Dubai last month, two years after the official opening. This is their photography guest post on my blog. And yes, the view from this tower is breathtaking, almost surreal. I owe all the pictures to my parents who had a great trip to Muscat (Oman), Abu Dhabi and Dubai. Last two years they also traveled to Brazil, Alaska and Spitsbergen. You now know about the origin of my travel genes….
Enjoy the view from the highest building in the world. For now…