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Happy birthday to the Burj Khalifa

Burj Khalifa light show

Happy birthday to the Burj Khalifa. The world’s tallest building is eight years old.

The 828-metre tower, which positively soaks up the superlatives, officially opened on 4th January, 2010, to coincide with anniversary of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum becoming Ruler of Dubai.

More than 10,000 fireworks greeted its inauguration but now it’s all about the light show, which attracted tens of thousands of viewers on New Year’s Eve when it replaced the usual fireworks display at the super tall skyscraper. Catch the record-breaking ‘Light Up 2018’ from 8pm Wednesday and 10pm on Thursday, Friday and Saturday, until 6th January.

In the mood for some Burj Khalifa need-to-know? It takes three months to clean from top to bottom of the entire structure, which is clad with almost 26,000 hand-cut glass panels. Here’s a video of the daring guys who do this in action:

As well as being a mammoth task to shine up, the 828 metre ground-breaking skyscraper also holds a daunting batch of Guinness World Records.

Not only is it the tallest building and tallest man-made structure, it also has the most floors in a building, the tallest elevators, the highest restaurant from ground level, the highest residential apartments, the world’s largest LED illuminated façade, the highest observation deck and was the scene of the world’s highest base jump.

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