What makes a building tall? According to the Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat, three criteria define tall buildings. First, its height is measured from the lowest open-air pedestrian entrance to the architectural top of the building—not including technical equipment. Second, its height is measured from the lowest open-air pedestrian entrance to the highest continually occupied floor—not including maintenance areas. Finally, its height is measured from the lowest open-air pedestrian entrance to the highest point of the building—including technical equipment. (Source) Of these three criteria, the Burj Khalifa hits them all.
The measurements and impressive world records of Burj Khalifa
The Burj Khalifa stands at 2,716.5 feet tall (that’s more than half a mile into the air), and it contains more than 160 stories. To give you a point of reference, take the Empire State Building and stack it on top of itself. The Burj Khalifa is still taller…by 216.5 feet. In fact, Alain Robert (often known as the French Spiderman) climbed the building, and it took him just over six hours to summit it. Other impressive records include; World’s highest residential apartment, World’s highest restaurant, World’s tallest elevator, World’s highest outdoor observation deck, World’s tallest free-standing structure, and World’s highest library.
Burj Khalifa-Top Attraction in Dubai
It is absolutely worth your time to visit Burj Khalifa while in Dubai. To get to the top, you must first enter through the Dubai Mall (home to over 1500 shops). The entrance is located on the Lower Ground Floor near the Subway (sandwich shop). You can purchase tickets at the At the Top ticket office, but the official online site offers better deals. In addition, you will see the many options available for touring the Burj Khalifa online. A basic ticket (At the Top) will take you to levels 125 and 124. If you want to head to the 148th floor, you should purchase Burj Khalifa Sky while At the Top. Each ticket will have an entrance time, so make sure you know when you would like to ascend the building. Tours for Americans includes the basic entrance to the Burj Khalifa with all their tours to Dubai.