Happy birthday to the Burj Khalifa. The world’s tallest building is 10 years old today.
The 828-metre tower, which positively soaks up the superlatives, officially opened on 4th January 2010, to coincide with the anniversary of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum becoming Ruler of Dubai.
More than 10,000 fireworks greeted its inauguration – and it’s been the handsome launch pad for many more since.
Less than a week has passed since the BK fulfilled its duty of hosting a truly spectacular NYE fireworks display, and it’s already time to shine again. To celebrate a decade of looking down on every other building on earth, the sky-piercing spire will be the focal point of a very special LED and fountain show. Expect something truly magical.
There will be three chances to catch the show on Saturday, 4th January, starting at 7pm, 8pm and 9pm.
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.