At 830 metres in height, the Burj Khalifa is only 148 metres shorter than the highest mountain in England, Scafell Pike, at 978 metres. When this striking super skyscraper was completed in 2010, it became the world's tallest building, more than twice the height of the Shard building in London and almost a kilometre above the ground. This building overlooks the Burj Khalifa Park which includes beautifully landscaped grounds and a special water room with various fountains and pools
Since its completion, this formidable landmark has earned a host of prestigious awards, from the International Architecture Award in 2010 to the International Association for Bridge and Structural Engineering's Outstanding Structure Award in 2011.
The skyscraper also features a 452-metre high observation desk, which was the highest in the world until the building of the Canton Tower in China in 2011. However, the Burj Khalifa opened another observation deck in 2014 which, at 555 metres in height, again became the world's highest observation deck at the time. Although there are various luxury hotels near Burj Khalifa, the building does feature its own exclusive establishment, the Armani Hotel, which features an immaculately presented interior, outstanding cuisine, and exceptionally comfortable accommodation.
The Burj Khalifa – a pioneering architectural creation
Adjacent to the Burj Khalifa is the Dubai Fountain, which is 275 metres long and is best seen at night when you can witness 6,600 lights and more than half a dozen projectors illuminating a spectacular 152-metre high water display. During the New Year's Eve celebrations of 2013 and 2014, 400,000 fireworks were reported to have been released from the building and the surrounding area during a six-minute period, equating to about 1,111 fireworks per second.
Other attractions in Dubai
Without doubt, there are no hotels near Burj Khalifa that can eclipse the iconic Burj Al Arab, a venue that appears to be almost supernatural in its grandeur. 321 metres high, this hotel has been nicknamed 'the only 7-star hotel in the world' and was built on an artificial island. This venue contains a 990,000-litre aquarium, several outstanding fine-dining and buffet restaurants, a stunning outdoor swimming pool, and its very own private, pristine sandy beach.
The Global Village of Dubai, meanwhile, welcomes millions of visitors each year and comprises around 1.6 million square feet of space. The attraction is open seven days a week and includes world-class boutiques, an extensive selection of entertainment venues, and various themed cultural events such as a Musical Fountain, a UAE Cultural Show and a China Cultural Show. The Global Village also contains the Fantasy Island theme park, which features many exciting rides such as the Phantom Chaser, the Sky Coaster and the Runaway Train.
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