As a result of urbanisation, tall structures are growing up in many cities all over the world. Because of technical developments, the bulk of the world’s tallest skyscrapers are now located around the world, rather than concentrated in the United States.
The World’s Tallest Building
The Burj Khalifa in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, is the world’s tallest man-made building and structure, at 829.8 metres (2,722 feet). Construction began on September 21, 2004, and the structure’s exterior was finished on October 1, 2009.
Historically, the Great Pyramid of Giza in Egypt was the world’s tallest man-made structure, holding that title for more than 3,800 years until the construction of Lincoln Cathedral in 1311. The Strasbourg Cathedral in France, which was finished in 1439 and stood as the world’s tallest structure until 1874.
Did You Know?
- The Burj Khalifa is the tallest existing structure, standing at 829.8 metres (2,722 feet), surpassing the KVLY-TV mast, which stood at 628.8 metres (2,063 feet).
- The Burj Khalifa is the tallest structure ever built and the tallest freestanding structure in the world.
- The Burj Khalifa is the world’s tallest skyscraper, standing at 828 metres (2,717 feet) (formerly Taipei 101, which stood at 509.2 metres (1,671 feet).
- The Burj Khalifa has the most storeys (163) of any building in the world.
- The Burj Khalifa broke the world record for the highest installation of an aluminium and glass façade at a height of 512 metres.
- The Burj Khalifa has the world’s tallest elevator installation and elevators with the longest travel distance in a skyscraper (504 m; 1,654 ft)
- The Burj Khalifa has the world’s highest restaurant (At.mosphere) from ground level, located on the 122nd floor (442 metres) (1,450 ft)
- The world’s highest nightclub is located on the 144th floor of the Burj Khalifa.
- The Burj Khalifa has the highest New Year’s Eve fireworks display in the world.
- On March 28, 2011, Alain Robert, also known as “the French Spider-Man,” ascended the world’s tallest structure, the 828-meter Burj Khalifa tower in Dubai, in just over six hours.
- In 2018, the Burj Khalifa was awarded the Guinness World Record for the largest light and sound show on a single building.