Milestones

Every great thing has milestones to look back at and the following marks the significant events of the sensational tower, Burj Khalifa:

  • January 2004 marked the excavation commencement.
  • February 2004 -  Start of Piling.
  • 21 September 2004  Emaar contractors began the construction.
  • March 2005: Structure of Burj Khalifa started rising.
  • June 2006: Level 50 was reached.
  • February 2007: Surpassed the Sears Tower as the building with the most floors.
  • 13 May 2007: Set the record for vertical concrete pumping on any building at 452 m (1,483 ft), surpassing the 449.2 m (1,474 ft) to which concrete was pumped during the construction of Taipei 101, while Burj Khalifa reached the 130th floor.
  • 21 July 2007: Surpassed Taipei 101, whose height of 509.2 m (1,671 ft) made it the world’s tallest building, and level 141 reached.
  • 12 August 2007: Surpassed the Sears Tower antenna, which stands 527.3 m (1,730 ft).
  • 12 September 2007: At 555.3 m (1,822 ft), the Burj Khalifa became the world’s tallest freestanding structure, surpassing the CN Tower in Toronto, and level 150 reached.
  • 7 April 2008: At 629 m (2,064 ft), it surpassed the KVLY-TV Mast to become the tallest man-made structure, level 160 reached.
  • 17 June 2008: Emaar announced that Burj Khalifa’s height is over 636 m (2,087 ft) and that its final height will not be given until it is completed in September 2009.
  • 1 September 2008: Height tops 688 m (2,257 ft), making it the tallest man-made structure ever built, surpassing the previous record-holder, the Warsaw Radio Mast  in Konstantynow, Poland.
  • 17 January 2009:  Topped out at 829.84 m (2,723 ft).
  • 1 October 2009: Emaar announced that the exterior of the building is completed.
  • 4 January 2010: Burj Khalifa’s official launch ceremony was held and Burj Khalifa was officially opened. Burj Dubai was renamed Burj Khalifa in honor of the President of the UAE and ruler of Abu Dhabi, Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed al Nahyan.
  • 10 March 2010 Council on Tall Buildings and Urban habitat (CTBUH) certified Burj Khalifa as world’s tallest building