Construction started in September 2004 and images of its spectacular inauguration in January 2010 – at the hight of the global financial crisis – went around the world: The Burj Khalifa in Dubai (United Arab Emirates).
It’s a skyscraper of countless superlatives: with 829.8 m it is the by far tallest structure ever built, the building with most floors, home of the longest travel distance elevator, the highest night club, the highest restaurant and highest New Year display of fireworks. But beside all the records, it’s an impressive landmark of Dubai, no matter at what time of the day. Views from the observation deck which, by the way and funny enough, is not the highest one in the world are simply stunning. If you time your visit right, you could witness the sunset from the base of the building, quickly rocket with the lift to 452 meters and enjoy the sunset again.
Long term plans in Saudi Arabia for an even taller skyscraper seem to have come to an end last week and construction will start soon. The Kingdom Tower in Jeddah is planned to raise exactly 1 km into the sky.