The Burj Khalifa known as the Burj Dubai is a skyscraper in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. The building broke numerous height records, including its designation as the tallest building in the world. The Burj Khalifa was built to house a variety of commercial, residential, and hospitality ventures.
Construction of the Burj Khalifa began in 2004, with the exterior completed five years later in 2009. The building was opened in 2010 as part of a new development called Downtown Dubai. The design is derived from the Islamic architecture of the region, such as in the Great Mosque of Samarra. Skidmore, Owings & Merrill designed the Burj Khalifa.
Sheikh Khalifa, the ruler of the United Arab Emirates, granted monetary aid and funding, hence resulting in the changing of the name to "Burj Khalifa". The building officially opened on 4 January 2010. On 28 March 2011, Alain "Spiderman" Robert scaled the outside of Burj Khalifa. The climb to the top of the spire took six hours.
On 28 September 2010 Burj Khalifa won the award for best project of the year at the Middle East Architect Awards 2010. In June 2010, Burj Khalifa was the recipient of the 2010 "Best Tall Building Middle East & Africa" award by the Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat.
It is the tallest building in the world, tallest free standing structure in the world, highest number of stories in the world, highest occupied floor in the world, highest outdoor observation deck in the world, elevator with the longest travel distance in the world, tallest service elevator in the world.