ABOUT BURJ KHALIFA
If you're wondering what is Burj Khalifa? The answer is simply the tallest building in the world. The Burj Khalifa is known as one of the most highly sought after places to live in the world. The towering skyscraper lies in Downtown Dubai, a district commonly referred to as the 'Centre of Now'.
Burj Khalifa and Downtown Dubai are developed by Emaar Properties. With excavation beginning on 6th January 2004, the tower was completed and opened to the public on 4th January 2010, a little under six years later. The tallest building in the world is home to many extravagant amenities and activities for residents and tourists alike to enjoy.
The concept behind the Burj Khalifa by His Highness Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum was to build on Dubai's ever-growing status as a popular tourist destination, with this towering skyscraper adding to that vision. With that goal achieved, Burj Khalifa is located in the city's busiest tourism hub, Downtown Dubai which is home to the Burj Khalifa, The Dubai Mall, Dubai Fountain, Dubai Opera and much more.
The Burj Khalifa has also broken many world records, it is the tallest building in the world standing at 828m (2,716.5 ft). It has the highest number of storeys in the world (over 160), which includes the highest outdoor observation deck in the world and the highest occupied floor in the world. The elevators in the Burj Khalifa are the tallest service elevators in the world and have the longest travel distance. There are a total of 54 working elevators that travel 40 miles per hour.
Burj Khalifa's height is well-known around the world but there are so many unknown facts about the building. There is a noticeable temperature difference from the base to the top of the tower, it is believed to be 6°C cooler at the top of the tower. It is twice the height of the Empire State Building in the United States of America and three times the height of the Eiffel Tower in Paris. If you were to lay out each individual piece of the Burj Khalifa from end to end you would cover more than a quarter of the earth's surface. Another key point about the tower it the cost of the Burj Khalifa, which was USD $1.5 billion. The entire investment was paid off within the first year of inauguration.
DESIGN OF BURJ KHALIFA
Burj Khalifa's design has kept in mind the local culture and natural landscape. Burj Khalifa was designed by architect Adrian Smith and the architecture firm of Skidmore, Owings & Merrill. The inspiration behind the neo-futuristic look of the Burj Khalifa is the desert lily, a regional flower that grows in the UAE desert.
When viewed from the top the Burj Khalifa resembles a 'Y' shape, this is because it has a wide foundation built to optimize residential and hospitality space. The building then rises in cross-sections which reduce in area as they go upward.
When it comes to maintaining the design of the Burj Khalifa cutting edge techniques are used. The tower's curtain wall alone is the size of 17 football fields and it takes 36 employees a minimum of 90 days to complete cleaning one side of the tower.
IN A NUTSHELL
- The residential wing has studios, apartments and penthouses
- Home to multiple world records and an impressive array of amenities
- It is the tallest building in the world at 828m or 2,716.5 ft.
- Burj Khalifa has over 160 storeys which are the highest number in the world
- The tower is home to over 900 apartment residences
- Houses the world's first Armani Hotel with 304 hotel rooms
- Part of the Downtown Dubai district
- Neighbours Business Bay, Dubai International Financial Center (DIFC) and Al Wasl district
- Easy access to Zabeel, Jumeirah and Al Safa neighbourhoods
Burj Khalifa serves as an anchor to the Downtown Dubai community, creating a tangible link between the tower and the community. Downtown Dubai is a multicultural area that brings the best of the Arab and Western worlds together, offering something for everyone. The neighbourhood is home to quite a few residential apartment buildings and villas surrounding Burj Khalifa's location.
With over 22 million man-hours clocked in and at the time of consturction over 12,000 people working daily at any given time, the ginormous tower is known as a 'vertical city' and the name couldn't be more apt, given its magnitude and extravagant mixed-use facilities. It definitely deserves its city status, as it holds at least 10,000 people at any given point in time and can support up to 35,000 people in the building alone. Burj Khalifa boasts 2957 parking spaces, 304 hotel room and 900 apartments.
Burj Khalifa Records
- Tallest building in the world
- Tallest free-standing structure in the world
- Highest number of stories in the world - 163 stories
- 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
- World's tallest art gallery - displays commissioned works of more than 85 artists
- Second highest swimming pool in the world - 76th floor
- The construction of Burj Khalifa also featured the world’s three largest self-jacking cranes with lifting capacities of 25 tonnes each
Properties in Burj Khalifa
Burj Khalifa, developed by Emaar Properties, is the first of the world's tallest towers to include residential space. Burj Khalifa's height is unparalleled, there are 900 residences in total located on levels 19 to 108 and are known as the tower's residential wing. Property types include studios, 1, 2, 3 and 4-bedroom suites.
The Armani Hotel is also a part of the Burj Khalifa, it is the first-ever hotel to be designed by Giorgio Armani himself. The hotel doesn't have a reception or check-in desk because Giorgio Armani wanted guests to feel like they were walking into his personal home.
Apart from the hotel, there is also the residential Armani Residences with 1 and 2-bedroom apartments located on levels 9 to 16 of Burj Khalifa, the 144 suites showcase Armani’s sleek yet underrated style. Renting a 1-bedroom flat in Armani Residences starts at AED 150k and goes up to AED 210k. 2-bedroom apartments rent for an average of AED 400k, all suites come furnished in true Armani/Casa style.
The rest of the residential wing is made up of upscale studios and apartments. Renting a studio in Burj Khalifa ranges from AED 100k to AED 120k. For larger families or those looking for more space, 3-bedroom apartments are priced on an average of AED 303k annually.
There are a lot of freehold options that are still on the market for property buyers, 1-bedroom suites for sale start at AED 2M. For those looking for options with the Armani furnishings will find that 1-bedroom flats in the Armani Residences for sale range from AED 2.4M to AED 6M.
Transportation and Parking Spaces in Burj Khalifa
There are two whole levels of basement parking for residents of this skyscraper, the number of spaces varies based on the size of your residence.
Downtown Dubai is extremely friendly towards public transport users, there is the Dubai Mall/Burj Khalifa Metro Station which connects to Emaar Square and The Dubai Mall through a metro link. There is also the F13 feeder bus from the station which services all of Downtown Dubai through stops all along Sheikh Mohammed Bin Zayed Boulevard. Since this is the tourist hub of the city, you will be able to find taxis in the area with ease at any hour.
A new addition is the Dubai Trolley that also travels along Mohammed Bin Rashid Boulevard. It is the world’s first hydrogen-powered trolley, it transports people to and from various hot spots in the area. The neighbourhood has been designed to be pedestrian-friendly, so you can easily stroll around the area.
AMENITIES, SCHOOLS AND HEALTH CARE
Supermarkets near Burj Khalifa
Within the colossal Dubai Mall, is the massive Waitrose supermarket, it has the regular offerings of a supermarket and also contains a bakery and pharmacy. For those who wouldn't want to venture into the mall, there is a Spinneys Supermarket located near the Emaar Residences and an Al Maya Supermarket which is part of the Burj Views sub-community. There are also other small mini-marts and groceries all across the district in the area of Burj Khalifa.
CHURCHES, TEMPLES AND MOSQUES NEAR BURJ KHALIFA
While there were false reports that there is a mosque within the Burj Khalifa, Emaar has confirmed that there is no mosque within the tower. There is the Al Ghafoor Mosque nearby, it is built in traditional Emirati style, the mosque can accommodate 673 people in its inner prayer hall and 33 people in its outer hall. The women’s prayer hall can accommodate 86 worshippers.
SCHOOLS AND UNIVERSITIES NEAR BURJ KHALIFA
There are many academic options for younger children and toddlers in the area of Burj Khalifa. There are Blossom Nursery and Babilou Downtown both follow the British Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) curriculum.
For older children, there are several well-respected schools nearby in the Jumeirah and Nad Al Sheba areas. Dubai International School (DIS) in Al Quoz is one of the oldest schools in Dubai, it is within proximity to those residing in Downtown Dubai. Following the British module of education, DIS offers students learning opportunities from KG1 to Grade 12.
For students looking at higher education options will find that International Horizons College (IHC) in Business Bay is a great option. Adopting the American style of teaching, with world-class professors and providing students with an array of options under the subjects of sciences and liberal arts. IHC is considered one of the best independent private undergraduate institutions and is accredited by the UAE Ministry of Higher Education & Scientific Research. The academic options in Knowledge Park are accredited from various entities in Europe, Australia and the United States of America.
HOSPITALS AND CLINICS NEAR BURJ KHALIFA
TOP 5 PROPERTY TYPES IN BURJ KHALIFA
Choosing the right home can be a difficult decision, we will be going over the top 5 bed types to rent in Burj Khalifa.
Based on searches conducted by users on Bayut.com over the past 6 months
The properties in the Burj Khalifa are quite popular amongst Dubai's real estate scene. The most popular bed type is the 2-bedroom suites which take the lead in searches on Bayut.com. This is followed by 1-bedroom apartments. This might be because Armani Residences are a very popular option to rent and buy furnished 1-bed and 2-bed flats.
3-bedroom apartments took the third spot with studios following closely behind in fourth place. 4-bedroom apartments came in fifth, this is due to the limited number of them available on the market making them a unique and highly lucrative commodity. Rent for a 4-bedroom suite starts at AED 600k and buying the property averages for AED 23M.
Dubai International Financial Centre (DIFC), Al Quoz, Business Bay and Jumeirah are all neighbouring Downtown Dubai. It is easy to get onto Sheikh Zayed Road and head to Zabeel, Al Safa, Umm Suqeim and more. Oud Mehta and Old Dubai are also fairly close.
SHOPPING, DINING AND NIGHTLIFE
Malls near Burj Khalifa
If Dubai Mall is just a short elevator ride down, do you need to head anywhere else? Home to over 1,300 retail outlets including two anchor department stores – Galeries Lafayette and Bloomingdale’s. As well as a new Fashion Avenue extension that adds 150 new luxury shopping experience to boost Dubai's premium shopping options. The Dubai Mall also offers world-class dining, entertainment and leisure attractions.
A niche take on the traditional souk is Dubai Mall's own Souk, an elegantly designed maze, filled with jewellery shops, accessory outlets, traditional Arab clothing and handicraft stores, among others. If you're looking for a retail space with an outdoorsy feel then there is The Village, it offers a rich collection of denim brands in an outdoor landscape lined with cafes and restaurants.
Restaurants in Burj Khalifa
Firstly, Burj Khalifa is home to At.mosphere, a new dimension for fine-dining by being the tallest restaurant in the world on level 122. The restaurant's three distinct parts occupy the entire floor, providing panoramic views of Dubai, the desert and sea beyond. You’ll find options for high tea, light lunches and fine-dining dinner services at At.mosphere.
There is also the restaurants within the Armani Hotel itself. The hotel features several award-winning restaurants ranging from a multitude of different cuisines. There is Armani/Hashi for Japanese delicacies, Armani/Ristorante features authentic fine-dining Italian dishes and Armani/Amal will be your go-to spot for Indian food.
Otherwise, you could always venture down to one of the cafes, bars or world-class restaurants in Dubai Mall or Souk Al Bahar. Most of these offer views of the Dubai Fountain and Burj Khalifa.
BEACHES NEAR BURJ KHALIFA
The nearest beach would be 10-minutes away in Jumeirah and offers many amenities for guests. Those looking for a quick swim can do so within the Burj itself, as part of The Burj Club Gym, you can choose from a semi-Olympic size indoor pool or the outdoor pool on the terrace.
LEISURE ACTIVITIES AND NOTABLE LANDMARKS
Home to many happening destinations and events, Burj Khalifa residents will always have plenty of things to do in Downtown Dubai.
Burj Khalifa has lots of activities of its own. The Burj Khalifa tour is a popular option, At The Top organizes group tours of the tower and its observation decks. A Burj Khalifa tour can take you to one of the observation decks where you can take a look through the viewfinder to transport you back in time and take a peek at what Dubai looked like before.
Burj Khalifa's observation decks feature breathtaking views of Dubai's skyline. It is a unique experience regardless of if you visit in the daytime or nighttime. Burj Khalifa's observation decks can be found on the 124th, 125th and 148th floor. The price for the Burj Khalifa tickets depends on which Burj Khalifa At The Top package you have purchased and which observation deck you will visit. Burj Khalifa tickets can be purchased online or at The Dubai Mall itself.
There is The Dubai Mall, which houses an ice rink, aquarium, theme park and more. The mall is home to many entertainment options. The Dubai Aquarium & Underwater Zoo features thousands of aquatic animals and a 270-degree walkthrough tunnel. There is the Sega Republic theme park, with adrenaline including rides and a VR park to boot. For kids, there is KidZania, an educational entertainment concept. Other activities include the Olympic sized Ice Rink, movie magic at the Reel Cinemas megaplex, and a lake ride across the Dubai Fountain.
You could also visit the Dubai Fountain at the base of the Burj, it features 13 spectacular shows to well-known melodies every day. Or why not visit the world's highest library as part of Level 123 of the Burj Residences.
Dubai Opera is the radiant centre of arts and culture in the area, it is a world-class performing arts destination in the heart of Downtown Dubai, just minutes away from the iconic Burj Khalifa.
OUTDOOR ACTIVITIES, FITNESS AND BEAUTY
There is The Burj Club Gym which has many unique features, including an exclusive level just for ladies featuring a well-equipped gym and a luxurious spa. Other amenities include the three Sky Lobbies in Burj Khalifa. Located on levels 43, 76 and 123, these public spaces offer facilities such as spas, pools, outdoor sundecks, gyms, and juice bars, among others.
The landscaped gardens of Burj Khalifa are beautiful to look at from any angle, they are maintained in an environmentally conscious fashion, the gardens of Burj Khalifa are partly irrigated with water collected through its surrounding humid atmosphere. The tower uses over 250,000 gallons of water each day.
For pet owners, they can head to the Burj Park which welcomes pets with open arms. It also has walking and jogging tracks.
Where else would you go for New Years? One of the most highly anticipated events of the year is the New Years Eve celebrations at the Burj Khalifa. The Burj Khalifa fireworks is a national event for the country, the spectacle is even broadcasted worldwide. The Burj Khalifa fireworks are often paired with the dancing fountain show.
A recent addition to the events at Burj Khalifa is the Burj Khalifa light show. Many residents and visitors love to watch the Burj Khalifa light show. The fantastic laser and light show is also the largest LED screen in the world as the whole building is lit up.
Other events include the yearly classic car show and parades for UAE National Day in Downtown Dubai.
THINGS TO CONSIDER
Even with so many benefits, you might want to consider a few things before living in Burj Khalifa. As it is one of the most sought-after buildings, in what one would argue is a hot tourist destination, that means that the area can get a bit crowded in peak seasons. Not to mention that the properties in Burj Khalifa do come with a higher price tag compared to its neighbours. But no matter where you are in Dubai, even the people living as far as 95 kilometres from the tower can clearly see the tip of the world’s tallest skyscraper.
- Burj Khalifa's location is in Downtown Dubai
- It is close to The Dubai Mall, Dubai Fountain and Dubai Opera
- 5 minutes drive to get on to Sheikh Muhammed Bin Zayed Road
- Dubai International Airport is 20 minutes away