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- [Narrator] The Burj Khalifa is currently
the tallest building in the world.
Today, we'll take a detailed look
at the shape of the building,
and what the different floors are used for.
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Alright, so a little geography.
Let's make sure we know where we're at.
Here's Africa, Europe, and Asia.
Towards the bottom of Asia,
is a country called the United Arab Emirates.
The Burj Khalifa is here in the city of Dubai.
It's right in the middle of busy downtown.
There's some roads, freeways,
surrounding buildings, and places to walk.
The Dubai Fountains,
which have spectacular shows,
and of course, the Dubai Shopping Mall.
The building was opened in January of 2010.
The highest occupied floor is Level 160.
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Above this point is the spire.
The total height of the building is 828 meters.
Let's compare it to a few other tall buildings.
Here's the second and third tallest buildings in the world.
And here's a few others you might recognize.
The building has a unique shape.
If we look at the base of it,
you'll see that it has a Y shape, almost like a flower.
It allows the wind to pass around it.
We certainly wouldn't want the top of the building
to sway in the wind.
As the building extends upwards,
one of the three petals will shrink in a rotating pattern.
So, this petal shrinks,
and then this one, and then this one.
This gives us a spiral effect all the way to the top.
The building has three main entrances.
One for residents, one for hotel, and one for offices.
Let's take a look at what each of the floors are used for.
There are hotel suites.
people buy and rent living space on these floors.
Mechanical rooms to make sure
the building's working properly.
Sky Lobbies, you can take elevators directly
to these floors.
Observatories for the public to see.
Office space for companies to rent.
There's even a restaurant on the 122nd floor.
Broadcasting rooms, and above here is the spire.
You'll need to use ladders and the public generally
isn't allowed up here.
You'll find all the elevators at the core of the building.
This building pushed elevator technology to it's limits.
There's no elevator that services every single floor.
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To get to the highest floors,
you'll need to first take an elevator
to one the Sky Lobbies then get on another elevator
to take you the rest of the way.
It's a long way up but just in case you get bored,
there's a video screen to keep you entertained.
Some of these are actually double-deck elevators.
They are able to service two floors at one time.
Let's take a look at one of the hotel floors.
Once you get off the elevators,
you can go to any one of the three wings to find your room.
The rooms vary in size from a smaller one-bedroom
all the way up to a large and spacious hotel suite
at the very end.
If you need a bit more of a view,
there are more hotel rooms on the 38th and 39th floors.
As a tourist, you can ride the elevators
to the 124th or 125th floors.
If you wanna pay a little extra,
you can get into another elevator and go all the up
to the 148th floor, I hope you're not afraid of heights.
For now, the Burj Khalifa is still the tallest building
in the world but this may change in the coming years.
You know what they say about records,
they are always made to be broken.
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My name's Jared,
thanks for spending a few minutes with me today
and I will see you next time.
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