Dubai's Burj Khalifa to get couch from American TV show Friends

World's tallest building to host one of 30 replicas made of the couch featured as part of Friends' Central Perk café

The 'iconic' Friends couch.
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The 'iconic' Friends couch.

One of the 30 replicas of couch displayed in American TV sitcom Friends' Central Perk café is reportedly set to be displayed at Dubai's Burj Khalifa, the world's tallest building, as part of the series’ 25th anniversary, with other locations for the world tour said to include Jardin du Palais Royal in Paris, Johannesburg Comic-Con, Coca-Cola London Eye, and Empire State Building.

Speaking with USA Today, co-creator of Friends, David Crane said: “If you had told me that we’re going to come up with a show that, 25 years later, [would turn] one piece of furniture [into something] so iconic you could put it in the Empire State Building and [people would] know what it is – it’s beyond surreal.”

Burj Khalifa is a popular landmark for global events and launches, with the building itself being the holder of numerous world records. 

Burj Khalifa was an international collaboration between more than 60 contracting and consulting companies from all over the world. At the peak of construction, more than 12,000 technicians and contractors were on site every day, representing more than 100 nationalities.

On 19 August, UAE telco Etisalat made the first super-fast video 5G call from its headquarters in Abu Dhabi to Burj Khalifa, marking a new milestone in the technology’s adoption in the Emirates. 

Ahead of their friendly match with Al Nasr Dubai at Al Maktoum Stadium, Premier League football club Arsenal’s players Mesut Ozil, Bernd Leno, Ainsley Maitland-Niles, and Shkodran Mustafi visited UAE architectural landmarks such as Dubai Frame and the 828m Burj Khalifa in March 2019. 

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