A documentary about the Burj Khalifa narrated by Damien Lyne. The Burj Khalifa is a mega skyscraper located in Dubai, United Emirates. It is not only the tallest building in Dubai but is in fact the tallest man-made structure in the world standing at a tremendous 2,722ft. Construction began in 2004 and was completed just over five years later in co-development with many of the buildings which would make up new downtown Dubai. One of the key reasons behind the government commissioning the project was because of a key decision to move from an solitary oil based economy to one based on tourism. Dubai is essentially a city built upon desert so it’s amazing attractions like no others in the world that bring tourists and the Burj Khalifa is certainly one of them.
Adrian Smith designed the Burj Khalifa while working for Skidmore, Owings & Merrill, the company that created the new One World Trade centre in New York. It was a massive undertaking requiring precision engineering and relentless testing of new techniques as nothing had ever been made to these requirements before since it’s nearly 1000ft taller than Taipei 101 which held the record previously. Not only did it need to be technically revolutionary it had to incorporate cultural, historical and futurism to inspire while keeping in touch with elements of the country.
At a cost of USD $ 1.5 billion the Burj Khalifa was a massive investment but one the government practically needed to do because of the uncertain future of oil. Despite construction problems and controversy this Burj Khalifa documentary shows the audience that it’s one of the most amazing engineering achievements ever and pushing the boundaries of what’s possible with investment and dedication.