The tallest structure in the world
In Dubai, where the engineering feats come in big, bigger and biggest categories, Burj Khalifa is the undisputed heavyweight winner. The world's tallest skyscraper is a whopping 828 metres high with over 160 storeys. Not content with just this accolade, Burj Khalifa has also scooped up the titles of the tallest structure in the world and the world's tallest freestanding structure.
Built in just 6 years, the building comprises the tower, an observation deck, residential and commercial spaces and the world's first Armani Hotel, all surrounded by an 11-hectare park. The distinctive 3-lobed shape of the building is an abstraction of a desert flower and can be viewed from everywhere in Dubai.
Visitors can access the 'At The Top' Observation Deck on level 124 for unobstructed panoramic views of the Dubai skyline, desert, gulf and sparkling night-time city lights from morning to midnight every day. The one-hour experience to the deck includes multimedia presentations, a 65-metre travelator and then the vertical ascent in a high-speed elevator. At the top, you can stay as long as you like with special telescopes to check out the view and a souvenir shop. At ground level, the verdant parklands include a promenade, water features, playground, a leisure forest grove and more along the Dubai lake. The multiple fountains and water features reflect the edifice's exterior for a different view of the skyscraper.
Occupying Burj Khalifa from the concourse level to level 8 and levels 38 and 39, the Armani Hotel is the first in the world to be designed and developed by fashion designer Giorgio Armani. Bearing the hallmark of his signature minimalist elegance style throughout, the hotel includes the Armani/SPA, shopping experiences and eight restaurants. The Armani/Privé nightspot at the base of Burj Khalifa has been dubbed one of the best clubs in Dubai. Dress to impress - Armani optional.