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Burj Khalifa
Updated: 3rd June, 2023

Burj Khalifa

Burj Khalifa is a multi-building complex in Downtown Dubai, Dubai.
Burj Khalifa
Building type
Multi-building complex
Building specifications
Burj Khalifa is a multi-building complex in Downtown Dubai, Dubai.
The developer
The project was developed by Emaar Properties.
Construction began in Q4 2004 and was completed by 2010.
The architect
The architectural consultant was Skidmore, Owings & Merrill.
The contractor
Additional information
  • At 829 metres The Burj Khalifa is the tallest man-made structure in the world.

  • 330,000 cubic metres of concrete were used in the construction of Burj Khalifa along with 39,000 tonnes of reinforced steel, 103,000 square metres of glass, and 15,500 square metres of embossed stainless steel.

  • The building is cleverly designed and positioned to deflect the strong prevailing winds.

  • There are 3 sky lobbies with fitness and spa facilities, swimming pools and reception rooms.

  • A man-made lake surrounds the building and contains the world renowned Dubai Fountains which run throughout the evening all year round.

  • In April 2014 French base jumpers Vince Reffet and Fred Fugen leapt from the building's pinnacle to break the world record for the highest base jump from a building.

  • There is a bar and restaurant, Atmosphere, on the 122nd floor.

  • The tower was originally called The Burj Dubai but the name was changed in honour of H.H. Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed al Nahyan, the president of the UAE. ‘Burj’ is Arabic for ‘Tower’.

  • Designed by Adrian D. Smith, FAIA, RIBA Design Partner at Skidmore Owings & Merrill LLP, Burj Khalifa became the world's tallest self-supporting structure on September 12, 2007.

  • Water collected from the building's air conditioning system is used to irrigate the surrounding landscaped areas.

  • The first 39 floors are occupied by the Armani Hotel which contains 160 guest rooms and 144 residences.

  • The triple-lobed footprint of the building is based on a desert flower native to the region.

  • There are two observation decks: one on the 124th floor and one on the 148th floor, the world's highest.

  • The exterior cladding is of reflective glazing with vertical tubular fins of stainless steel. The cladding system is designed to withstand Dubai's extreme summer temperatures.

  • The building uses double-decker elevators travelling at up to 600 metres a minute.

  • The window cleaning is carried out by a team of 36 specially trained workers. The process takes 3-4 months to complete.

  • Owing to the building’s great height there are water tanks in the plant rooms on every 30 floors. The system supplies 946,000 litres of water every day.

  • South Korea's Samsung Corporation won the construction contract after an 11-month bid process.

  • As of 2022, it costs AED 1 million for 15 minutes of laser advertising on the Burj Khalifa's facade.

Transport & Access

Commute times by car

From Burj Khalifa it takes roughly 4 minutes to drive to Dubai Mall, 20 minutes to Palm Jumeirah, 19 minutes to Burj Al Arab and 24 minutes to The Walk JBR.*

Airport proximity

Dubai International Airport (DXB) is roughly 16 minutes' drive and the new Al Maktoum International Airport is roughly 46 minutes' drive.*

Available property

Burj Khalifa sub-buildings

Burj Khalifa comprises a single building:

Armani Hotel & Residences
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Burj Khalifa Location

The map below shows the location of Burj Khalifa and just below are summaries of the nearest attractions, parks, beaches, golf clubs and cinemas.

Fountains at Dubai Mall, 0.2 km
Dubai Aquarium, 0.5 km
Dubai Ice Rink, 0.5 km
Parks & beaches
Bay Avenue Park, 0.9 km
Action Park Business Bay, 1.4 km
The Block, 2.5 km
Golf clubs
The Track Meydan Golf, 5.4 km
Dubai Creek Golf & Yacht Club, 8.0 km
Dubai Hills Golf Club, 8.5 km
Reel Cinemas at The Dubai Mall, 0.5 km
Reel Cinemas at Rove Downtown, 0.8 km
Cinemacity Fountain Views, 0.9 km

Local Schools

Burj Khalifa has many schools nearby including Citizens School at 1.5 km and Japanese School Dubai at 2.1 km.

In terms of performance there are eight schools nearby that have achieved either of two highest government inspection rating of 'Very Good' or 'Outstanding' including Horizon English School Dubai which has a rating of 'Outstanding' and Jumeirah English Speaking School which also has a rating of 'Outstanding'.

Citizens School
1.5 km, City Walk
AED 61,500  •  British
Japanese School Dubai
2.1 km, Al Wasl
AED 20,500  •  Japanese
JSS Private School LLC
2.4 km, Al Wasl
AED 15,500  •  Indian
Horizon English School Dubai
2.6 km, Al Safa
AED 52,500  •  British

Things to Do

We've partnered with LadiesNightDubai.com and BrunchCrunch.ae to give an overview of the current Ladies Nights and Brunch offers in the vicinity of Burj Khalifa.

Karma, Burj Khalifa • Ladies Night • Armani Privé (0.0 km)
Loose Lips, Burj Khalifa • Ladies Night • 3BK (0.0 km)
Sunday Afternoon Brunch, Souk al Bahar • Kanpai (0.0 km)
Ladies Night •  6:00pm
Kanpai (0.0 km)
Ladies Love Karma
Ladies Night •  6:00pm
Karma Kafé (0.0 km)
Ladies Night •  10:00pm
CÉ LA VI (0.0 km)
Ladies Night •  8:00pm
Wakame (0.0 km)
Brunch by the Burj
Brunch • Souk al Bahar
Karma Kafé (0.0 km)
Brunch • Souk al Bahar
Karma Kafé (0.0 km)
Blushing Dragon Saturday Brunch
Brunch • Souk al Bahar
Karma Kafé (0.0 km)
Blushing Dragon Friday Brunch
Brunch • Souk al Bahar
Karma Kafé (0.0 km)

Nearby neighbourhoods

Explore communities that are either adjacent or close to Burj Khalifa.

City Walk
City Walk (1.4 km)
A stylish, vibrant town-centre community combining residential, shopping, dining and attractions in the heart of the Jumeirah district.
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Business Bay
Business Bay (1.4 km)
A new regional business hub with office and residential towers, landscaped gardens and a network of roads and waterways. 
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Dubai International Financial Centre
Dubai International Financial Centre (1.9 km)
The financial quarter of Dubai comprising commercial, retail and residential districts, all three linked by a retail corridor
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Sheikh Zayed Road
Sheikh Zayed Road (2.1 km)
The 2km stretch of road between Business Bay and the World Trade Centre roundabout, flanked by walls of skyscrapers. 
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La Mer
La Mer (4.0 km)
A beachfront development with shopping, dining and entertainment areas stretching out to sea between Pearl Jumeirah and Jumeirah Bay.
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Al Kifaf
Al Kifaf (4.6 km)
The four residential towers of Park Gate Residences share this place with Zabeel Park, Etisalat Tower and the landmark Dubai Frame.
Read more
Healthcare City Phase 2
Healthcare City Phase 2 (5.0 km)
A wellness centre providing long-term care, spa resorts, sports medicine facilities, waterfront residences and nutrition centres in Jadaf.
Read more
The Polo Residence
The Polo Residence (5.5 km)
A small gated community in Meydan City comprising 29 five-storey luxury apartment blocks, sports courts, swimming pool, a spa and shops.
Read more
Burj Khalifa Milestones
Estimated Handover Date
November 2008
Construction Started
Q4 2004
Date Completed
Companies Associated with Burj Khalifa
Developer: Emaar Properties
Architectural Consultant: Skidmore, Owings & Merrill
Building Contractor: Samsung Engineering & Construction
Building Contractor: Belhasa Six Construct
Building Contractor: Arabtec Construction

Design Stage

Images depicting the initial concept designs for Burj Khalifa.

Projects often go through a number of design revisions as they progress and developers may or may not honour their original plans when it comes to architectural designs, amenities and landscaping. The images below are provided as a means to compare the original plans with the realised development.

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