The majestic Burj Khalifa remains in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, eight years after the completion of its construction and opening, the tallest tower in the world, with a length of 828 meters.
Burj Khalifa, which opened in January 2010, is the central part of a complex known as Downtown Dubai, (formerly Downtown Burj Dubai).
The complex is large and covers an area of about 2 sq km. It is located near Sheikh Zayed Road and transversely passes through Dubai. The name of the tower belongs to the Sheikh and President of the United Arab Emirates, Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan.
Burj Khalifa as an international tourism destination
Tourist attractions in this desert country began to grow and develop in a period of construction boom and the ambition of Arab sheikhs to show their money and strength with this architectural grandeur.
However, the global financial crisis slowed the construction boom, as it did with other sectors.
In an article published by the BBC last year, it was explained that this tall building is 828 meters high, and includes a hotel, 900 luxury apartments and 37 floors of offices, and construction work began a few weeks after the start of the global financial crisis. It is a financial crisis that hit the Arab emirate hard.
However, Burj Khalifa still rules as the tallest skyscraper in the world and every year hundreds of tourists pay more than $ 100 to enjoy the magnificent views of the desert from the 124th floor.
According to the article published by the BBC, many of the owners of the apartments in this skyscraper have offered them for sale because their office in this tower is not in the way they want now, and others sell apartments because they are very expensive, and they can buy larger apartments 100 meters away at a lower price. .
One reason for this is the rental price, which, according to Alan Robertson, CEO of Jones Lang LaSalle Middle East Real Estate Agency , is twice the price of a property with the same properties just 50 meters away, according to the BBC article.
Burj Khalifa is a global icon with a prestigious and wonderful name. However, that’s not the picture that the multinational company that owns the tower wants to present today, Robertson argues. They want to give an image of rationality and sobriety.
Currently there are many architectural buildings that are at the top of the list and the highest in the world, and the second place for the highest tower in the world is the Shanghai Tower in China, which is 632 meters high, which has 128 floors and an area of 420,000 square meters.
The third place is for Abraj Al Bait, the tallest building in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, and it contains a four-storey shopping center and a car park capable of accommodating more than a thousand cars. It also consists of helipads and a conference center catering to business travelers. In all, more than seventy thousand people could be accommodated within the towers.
Projects stalled and others under implementation
In 2011 the Azerbaijan tower project was announced, which was sold as the tallest future tower in the world with a vertical height of 1050 meters and 189 floors.
The building will be built in the Caspian Islands on the Caspian Sea, on the outskirts of Gardag, southeast of Baku , and included the construction of artificial islands and a Formula 1 car racing circuit, and the completion date of the project was set in 2022, however the project was later canceled.
Another project that claims to be the highest in the world and to replace Burj Khalifa is the Kingdom Tower in Saudi Arabia, with its 170 floors and more than one kilometer in height. The skyscraper was planned to be constructed in August 2011, with a period of 36 months.
But after three years, and after only 4 floors were built in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, Prince Alwaleed bin Talal confirmed that it would be completed by 2018.
Then the period was extended again and the skyscraper is supposed to be ready by 2019. Prince Al-Walid bin Talal, who holds the title of the richest man in Saudi Arabia, told AFP, “The project is late, but it will be ready by 2019.”