Photographer's Note

I took this photo of Burj Dubai, the tallest tower in the world now renamed as Burj Khalifa, on the first day of 2010 when we had the full moon, three days before the tower's inauguration ceremony.

It was simply impossible not to be amazed by this half-a-mile tall superscraper looking so striking with its lights piercing through a blanket of high clouds lingering above before getting mixed with the rays from the blue moon... and one could not help but say, "Beam Me Up, Scotty!" :)


At 828 m and 162 floors high, the tower has notched up a string of titles. It is currently both the tallest building and the tallest free-standing structure in the world. It boasts more stories than any other building on the planet, with the tip of its spire seen from 95 km away on a clear day. The building is home to the highest-occupied floor and has the world's highest outdoor Observation Deck, situated on the gaspingly-high 124th floor, where visitors are able to see as far as 80 km away through the room's ceiling-to-floor glass walls.

Construction on the Burj Khalifa began in January 2004, and took some 22 million man-hours to complete. The tower became the world’s tallest free-standing structure after just 1,325 days, eclipsing Canada's CN Tower, which stands at 533.33m tall. Some 35,700 metric tons of steel was needed to kit out the tower, enough to stretch a quarter of the way around the globe if laid end-to-end. The tower’s curtain, or outer wall, is 27-5 acres across, equivalent in size to 17 football fields.

There are 1,044 residential apartments, 49 office floors and the Armani Hotel Dubai, which has 160 rooms spread amongst the first 39 floors. Additional features include an eleven hectare park, six water features and space for 3,000 underground parking spaces.

With 57 elevators and eight escalators, the tower's service elevator has a capacity of 5,500 kg and is the world's tallest service elevator. The lifts serving the Observation Deck travel at an eye-watering 10m per second. Still, with the job of traversing the world's longest travel distance from lowest to highest stop, they do need to be fast. Each cab holds between 12 and 14 people.

With 28,261 glass panels stretching up more than 600 m, keeping the Burj Khalifa’s windows clean is a challenge in itself. The building has a string of permanent machines installed at floors 40, 73 and 109 that can cross the building on tracks to keep the windows sparkling, but during "normal" weather conditions, it’s expected to take three to four months to clean the tower's entire exterior façade.


Burj Dubai, ya da yeni ismiyle Burj Khalifa Kulesi'ni yansitan bu kareyi binanin resmi acilisindan uc gun once, yeni yilin ilk gununde cektim.

Yarim milden fazla yuksekligiyle gokyuzune uzanan binanin isiklarinin, kulenin uzerinde dolasan yagmur bulutlarini delip, mehtabin isiklarina karismasi gercekten gorulmeye deger bir manzaraydi...

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