Entries in Burj Khalifa (3)


First Suicide Reported at World's Tallest Building

MARWAN NAAMANI/AFP/Getty Images(DUBAI, United Arab Emirates) -- A man killed himself in a jump from the world’s tallest tower Tuesday, marking the first time anyone has committed suicide from Dubai’s new Burj Khalifa.

Emirates 24|7, citing a resident who claimed knowledge of the suicide, reports that the man, described as “an Asian worker,” leapt from the 147th floor and plunged 39 floors before landing on a deck on the 108th.

The Burj Khalifa, which totals 160 habitable floors, opened in January of 2010.

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French 'Spiderman' Scales World's Tallest Building in Dubai

Davis McCardle/Getty Images(DUBAI, United Arab Emirates) -- Alain Robert, the French climber who calls himself "Spiderman," scaled the world's tallest building in Dubai Monday, with the blessing of government officials.

The only thing officials asked of Robert was that he use a rope and harness, which the daredevil agreed to do before his ascent of the Burj Khalifa, a 2,717-foot-high tower.

Despite windy conditions, Robert made the climb as an ambulance with a stretcher waited at the base of the half-mile-high building. 

Beforehand, the Frenchman, who has climbed more than 70 buildings including the Empire State Building and Chicago's Willis Tower, declared, "To live we don't need much, just a roof over our heads some food and drink and that's it... everything else is superficial.  I climb because I need to find something I enjoy in life and I enjoy climbing buildings."

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World's Highest Restaurant Opens in Dubai

Photo Courtesy - PRNewsFoto/Emaar Hospitality Group(DUBAI, United Arab Emirates) -- What are you doing for dinner tonight? Chances are your plans don’t include drinks at a quarter-mile above the earth’s surface.

In Dubai, patrons began sitting down to dinner Sunday at the world’s highest restaurant, just opened on the 122nd floor of the Burj Khalifa, the world’s tallest tower.

The luxury lounge and grill – appropriately named At.mosphere – is surrounded by glass walls, offering diners a spectacular panoramic view of the city and surrounding areas.

The picture-perfect scenery doesn’t come cheap; a reservation will run you at least $122 a head. A private dining area is available for $176.90 per guest. And if you’re just feeling parched, afternoon tea is a mere $100.

Located just over 1,300 feet in the air, At.mosphere sits more than 300 feet higher than the world’s second-highest restaurant located inside Toronto’s CN Tower.

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