Since 2010, Dubai’s tallest building has been Burj Khalifa also known as Burj Dubai. It is the tallest man made building in the world.
The construction started on 21st September 2004 and it was completed on 1st October 2009. Officially it was opened on 4th January 2010.The architect and engineer was from Chicago, performed by Skidmore, Owings and Merrill with Adrian Smith who was the chief architect. Bill Baker was the chief structure engineer and the contractor was Samsung C&T of South Korea.
Right after the opening of Burj Khalifa, the rents fell to some 40% and out of 900 total apartments, only 75 were bought. Though by 2012, many foreign investors bought the apartments and about 80% were occupied.
It was designed to be the focal point of Dubai, it will contain about 30,000 homes, about 19 residential towers, nine hotels which also includes the famous The Address Downtown Dubai, a 12 hectare Burj Khalifa Lake which is man-made and a parkland which is about 3 hectares.
The Great Pyramid of Giza used to be the oldest largest structure since four millennia when the Lincoln Cathedral in England took its place in 1311. And now Burj Khalifa stands at the first position.
Government wanted to expand its economy from oil based economy to the one which will earn from the tourism industry. Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum wanted to create something in Dubai that many coming generations would remember.
It was being designed by those architects who also designed the Willis Tower in Chicago, and the new One World Trade Center in the city of New York. It was designed by Owings, Skidmore and Merrill. Fazlur Rahman Khan was the true creator of the design which was the shape of a bundled tube. By using the new advanced tabular system, half the amount of steel was being used if compared to the famous Empire State Building. It was a design that was so meaning full in the eyes of Frank Lloyd Wright, It was his vision for the Illinois which was a high skyscraper to be built in Chicago. Its design was the basis of a 73 floored Tower Place Three which is a residential apartment in Seoul.
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