Construction began on September 21, 2004, and the exterior was completed on October 1, 2009. The building was officially opened on 4 January 2010 and is part of a new 2 km major development project called "Downtown Dubai" at the "First Interchange" on Sheikh Zayed Road near Dubai's main business district.
In Dubai, United Arab Emirates, you can see the Burj Khalifa skyscraper. It is currently the tallest building in the world at 828 meters (2,717 feet). The history of the Burj Khalifa is summarized as follows:
Planning and Design
The Burj Khalifa was the brainchild of Dubai's ruler, Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, in 2003. He desired for the city to have a renowned monument. The project's chief designer was Adrian Smith, an architect with Skidmore, Owings & Merrill (SOM). The design of Islamic architecture was inspired, in part, by the geometry of the Hymenocallis flower.
The architectural and engineering work for the towers was done by the Chicago-based firm Skidmore, Owing & Merrill, with Adrian Smith as chief architect and Bill Baker as chief structural architect. South Korean company Samsung C&T served as the main contractor.
The total cost of the project was US$ 1.5 billion and the entire "Downtown Dubai" development project cost US$ 20 billion. The cost of office space in the Burj Khalifa has risen to US$4,000 per square foot, according to Mohamed Ali Albare, chairman of the project's developer Emaar Properties, in March 2009. and Armani's residences in the Burj Khalifa at US$3,5000 per square foot. were sold for.
Coincidentally, when the project was completed, there was the global financial crisis of 2007-2010. There were too many buildings in the country and this increased the vacancy rate and many buildings were seized by creditors. Dubai was deeply in debt due to its lofty ambitions and the government was forced to seek a multi-billion dollar rescue package from its crude oil-rich neighbor Abu Dhabi. The tower was later renamed Burj Khalifa in a surprise move during the opening ceremony. The name is believed to have been changed as part of his honor to UAE President Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahya after significant support.
Rental rates fell by 40 percent in the first 10 months of Burj Khalifa's opening, as demand in Dubai's property market continued to decline. About 825 of the 900 apartments in the tower were vacant at the time.
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