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Burj Khalifa breaks new world record

New observation deck, at 555m, is declared the world's highest

NEWS, Projects, Burj khalifa, Guinness book of records, Observation deck
NEWS, Projects, Burj khalifa, Guinness book of records, Observation deck

The Burj Khalifa’s new observation deck, unveiled today, has been officially declared as the world’s highest.

The new deck, located on the 148th floor of the world’s tallest tower, is at a height of 555 metres, overtaking the previous record holder, The Canton Tower in Guangzhou, which is at a height of 488 metres.

Officials from the Guinness Book of World Records were in Dubai today to confirm the new record at the launch of Burj Khalifa’s new deck, ‘At The Top, Burj Khalifa SKY’.

The new deck is 24 levels higher than the previous attraction on the 124th floor, which was 452 metres above ground. 

The new honour adds to Burj Khalifa’s three existing Guinness World Records titles for the Tallest Building, the Tallest Man-made Structure on Land Ever and the Highest Restaurant from Ground Level for At.mosphere.

With the new launch, Emaar is also scaling up the visitor experience with two additional observation points in the global icon.

Apart from ‘At the Top, Burj Khalifa’ on Level 124 that will continue to operate as normal, the tower now offers an additional ‘At the Top, Burj Khalifa SKY’ journey with two stops – at the observation floors on Level 148 and Level 125.

‘At the Top, Burj Khalifa SKY’ at Level 148 is the crowning glory and the ‘hero’ level, where for the first time, Dubai residents and visitors can scale up 555 metres (1,821ft), and step out to an outdoor terrace – the highest viewing point on earth in a building – which opens to mesmerising views of the city and beyond.

Ahmad Al Falasi, executive director – Property Management of Emaar Properties PJSC, said: “At the Top is today one of the world’s most compelling tourist attractions. With the introduction of ‘SKY’, we are scaling up the entire journey to Burj Khalifa by offering a truly premium experience that will be a lifetime’s memory for every visitor. We are doubly delighted to clinch the Guinness World Records title that adds to the glory of Burj Khalifa and enhances the reputation of Dubai.”

 

Talal Omar, country manager for the Middle East and North Africa for Guinness World Record, said: “Burj Khalifa has done it again, surprising the world with its iconic scale and the ongoing creative enhancements. The new Guinness World Records title is another feather in the cap for Dubai, a city that has now one of the fastest growing repertories of the world’s most fascinating achievements.”

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