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Interesting facts

Did you know the tip of Burj will be visible up to 95 kilometres away...

The tip of the spire will be visible up to 95 kilometres away.

The Burj Dubai will house around 35,000 people upon completion.

There are approximately 5,900 employees on site. Around 2,400 people work onsite every day. 1,500 work at night.

There are 1,210 fire extinguishers on the site.

According to a report in UAE weekly Xpress, 18 people have been fired from their jobs for failing to follow safety regulations. Many of the dismissals were due to smoking in forbidden areas.

Workers are searched for smoking-related materials. If caught, they are fired.

At the peak cooling times, the tower will require approximately 10,000 tonnes of cooling per hour.

The tower's observation deck will be located 442 metres above ground, the highest publicly accessible observation deck in the world.

Condensation on the building will be collected and drained down to a holding tank located in the basement from where it will be pumped into the site irrigation system for use on the tower's landscaped gardens. This system will provide about 15 million gallons of supplemental water per year, equivalent to nearly 20 Olympic-sized swimming pools.

The amount of steel rebar used for the tower is 31,400 metric tons - laid end to end this would extend over a quarter of the way around the world.

Dubai has set a new world record for vertical concrete pumping for a building, by pumping to over 460 metres. The previous record was held by Taipei 101 for pumping concrete up to a height of 448 metres.

Burj Dubai will also break the world record for altitude transportation of concrete before construction is complete.

The total area of cladding used to cover the Burj Dubai will be equivalent to 17 football fields.

The concrete used for the Burj Dubai is equivalent to: a solid cube of concrete 61 metres on a side, a sidewalk 1,900 kilometres long, the weight of 100,000 elephants.

The tower's peak electricity demand is estimated at 36MVA, equivalent to roughly 360,000 100-watt light bulbs.

There will be 200 metres of dancing fountains at the foot of the Burj Dubai.

The Burj Dubai will feature the world's first Armani Hotel.

Planning of the Burj Dubai began in 2002.

Burj Dubai derives its design inspiration from the desert flower, Hymenocalis, and incorporates patterning systems that are embodied in Islamic architecture.

54 lifts are to be installed in the tower.

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