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Tall, taller, tallest: Burj Khalifa

How long Burj Khalifa will remain the world’s tallest building is unsure, but for now the impressive tower in Dubai soars far above the rest at 829.84 metres. To give you some perspective, this is twice as high as the impressive Empire State Building in New York.

From the moment it opened in January 2010, Burj Khalifa has been one of Dubai’s main attractions. Not surprising really as its top can be seen from as far as 95 kilometres away. With an eye-catching shape – a nod to the desert flower hymenocallis – Burj Khalifa is a true architectural masterpiece. Even during the actual build its final height was kept a close secret due to fears that an even taller building would arise elsewhere in Dubai. When the height of 555 metres was reached on 13 September 2007, Burj Khalifa surpassed the CN Tower in Toronto as the tallest free-standing building in the world.

Records galore

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Burj Khalifa can only be described in superlatives. Its total building costs amounted to around 1.4 billion euros, and the costs per square metre of office space were as high as 43,000 dollars. The building also holds various records, such as the world’s highest mosque (158th floor) and highest restaurant (122nd floor). It also has the most storeys of any building worldwide (160).

360 degree view

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Both inside and out, the building is every photographer’s dream. There are two moments that are perfect for capturing Burj Khalifa. Firstly, in the daytime, when framed by bright blue skies and the sun shining bright behind it. Then at night during the so-called ‘blue hour’, which refers to the specific colour blue of the sky just after sunset and just before sunrise. The most spectacular photos can be captured from the Observation Deck on the 124th floor, which offers a 360-degree view over the entire city.

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