Weekly Photo Challenge: On Top

Our ancestors left us a legacy of traditions that make us proud. Our mission is to preserve, develop and maintain it as an asset of this nation for generations to come.” The Late Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan

For last weeks photo challenge, the prompt was ‘On Top’ so I am using photos I took from the observation deck of the worlds tallest building, the Burj Khalifa in Dubai, where you are literally ‘on top’ of the world. The Burj Khalifa is currently the tallest man-made structure in the world at 829.8 metres ( I say currently as construction started this week on the new Kingdom Tower project in Saudi Arabia and when it’s completed it will stand a staggering 1km (3280 feet) high, over 500 feet taller than the Burj Khalifa).

The Burj Khalifa observation deck is on level 124 of the building and the vertical ascent is via a high-speed elevator which travels at 10 metres per second, it’s ear popingly fast, believe me! Once at the top, the floor-to-ceiling glass windows provide amazing unobstructed 360-degree views of Dubai’s city, surrounding desert and ocean.

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At over 828 metres (2,716.5 feet) and more than 160 stories tall, the Burj Khalifa currently holds the following World Records:

Tallest building in the world

Tallest free-standing structure in the world

Highest number of stories in the world

Highest occupied floor in the world

Highest outdoor observation deck in the world

Elevator with the longest travel distance in the world

Tallest service elevator in the world

(source: www.burjkhalifa.ae – click on the link for more information about the Burj Khailfa and to book Observation Tickets online)

All views are my own based on my experience. Unless otherwise stated, all photos on this page © Jo Brett 2014. All rights reserved.