The construction facts behind Dubai's 828m Burj Khalifa [2019]

Engineering details of the world's tallest building revealed in this episode of CW's How It's Built series on YouTube

Tom Cruise scaled it for Mission Impossible and French Spiderman Alain Robert aced it for inspiration – everyone loves Dubai’s Burj Khalifa. But how was the world’s tallest tower, the 828m Burj Khalifa in Dubai, built?

Skidmore, Owings & Merrill was the architecture firm behind the design and engineering of the tower. Key considerations included the impact of wind forces and ‘constructability’, architecture cant for practical construction considerations.

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.

In this episode of Construction Week's How Its Built show, CW editor, Neha Bhatia, provides a snapshot of the construction programme rolled out to build Burj Khalifa. 

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