Burj Khalif An Embodiment Of Islamic Architecture

1023 Words Nov 18th, 2015 5 Pages
Burj Khalifa is the largest “megatall” skyscraper in the world, standing at an astounding 828 meters (2716.5 feet). It serves as the centerpiece for downtown Dubai, one of the seven emirates that make up its country, and was designed by Adrian Smith, then representing Skidmore, Owings & Merrill. It was under construction from January of 2004, until December of 2009, finally opening its doors on January 4th of 2010. The building is an embodiment of Islamic architecture, incorporating both cultural and historical elements of the region into the visage of the building. This style was chosen very deliberately, meant to enrich the, at the time, recently developed downtown Dubai. The building has since received widespread international attention for various reasons. Some laud the records that the building shattered and the many awards it has received, while others commend the manner in which it has elevated the city of Dubai.
The Dubai government decided to build the Burj Khalifa as a way to diversify their economic portfolio. Their economy had long been based solely on oil and they decided that they wanted to generate more interest and international recognition for Dubai, thus increasing tourism and overall improving the emirate’s economy. The skyscraper served its purpose and drew a lot of additional interest towards Dubai, receiving many awards. For example, the Burj Khalifa is recognized as the tallest existing, or ever built, free standing structure. It is also the building…
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