Dubai Burj Khalifa's moon-distance milestone

Find out what has taken the Burj Khalifa building in Dubai to the moon

Knowledge story, The Knowledge

The world’s tallest building has only been around for five years.

However, already the elevators inside the Burj Khalifa – leading to At the Top, the world’s highest observatory deck – have travelled the distance from planet earth to the moon.

The two lifts travel 124 floors up the building and up until now have covered 384,400 kilometres.

It’s believed the pair go 244.4 km each day, up and down to the open-air platform.

As part of that milestone, it’s been calculated that between January and March this year, the first observation lift did 49,833 runs, making up 21,329 km. The second one did more runs, racking up 52,939 drops offs, equaling 22,658 km.

Howe did they do it?

The elevators are run by Otis - the world’s largest manufacturer and maintainer of people-moving products – a company which also takes care of escalators and moving walkways. They are a part of UTC Building & Industrial Systems, a unit of United Technologies Corp.

Rolando Furlong, vice president, UTC Building & Industrial Systems, Middle East & Turkey, said: “United Technologies is proud to see its advanced Otis technology enable the world’s tallest building to continue to reach new milestones.”

Meanwhile, Ahmad Al Falasi, Executive Director – Group Operations of Emaar Properties PJSC, mentioned that the impressive distance covered by the lifts underlines the Dubai attraction as one of the most popular tourist destinations on the planet.

The Burj Khalifa is home to incredible restaurant At.mosphere which also draws in tourists and residents alike.

Additionally the attraction has been the basis of many Guinness World Records such as this ground-breaking eagle flight in March.

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