Burj Khalifa grand opening – Dubai

January 2010

ICONS CONSULTING: Burj Khalifa grand opening – Dubai – FACTS

Ahead of its opening on January 4, Emaar, developer of the Burj Khalifa tower, has released some of the massive numbers and world records that make up the world’s tallest building

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  •  31,400 – the amount of steel rebar in metric tonnes used in the structure of Burj Khalifa
  • 28,261– the number of glass cladding panels making up the exterior of tower and its two annexes
  • 15,000 – the amount of water in litres collected from the tower’s cooling equipment that will be used for landscaping irrigation
  • 12,000 – the numbers of workers on site during peak of construction
  • 5,500 – the capacity in kilograms of the tower’s service lift
  • 3,000 – the number of underground parking spaces
  • 1,044 – the total number of residential apartments inside Burj Khalifa
  • 900 – the length in the feet of the world’s tallest performing fountain, The Dubai Fountain, that lies at the foot of the tower
  • 605 – the vertical height in metres to which concrete was pumped in the construction of Burj Khalifa, a world record for concrete pumping
  • 504 – the distance traveled, or ‘rise’ in metres of Burj Khalifa’s main service lift, the most of any elevator
  • 828 The building’s final official height, in metres
  • 22,000,000 Number of man hours it took to build the tower
  • 5,670,000 Total built up area of the tower, in square feet
  • 330,000 Volume of concrete used to build the tower, in cubic metres
  • 39,000 Amount of reinforced steel used to build the tower, in metric tonnes
  • 103,000 Volume of glass used for exterior façade, in square metres
  • 15,500 Volume of stainless steel used for cladding, in square metres
  • 12,000 Number of people expected to live and work at Burj Khalifa
  • 10 Maximum speed, in metres per second, at which lifts in the Burj travel
  • 192 Number of piles that were used in the building’s foundations