Meet the abseiling 'heroes' who clean the Burj Khalifa windows

See how the they scale the tallest building in the world

Meet the abseiling 'heroes' who clean the Burj Khalifa windows

Being a window cleaner may not sound like the most exciting job-revealed in the world. Well, not until you’ve heard about what these adventurous workers have to do.

Burj Khalifa has revealed on Twitter about how the “window cleaning heroes” of the city scale the iconic tower to keep it shiny, and it’s definitely not for the faint of heart.

The building is cleaned four times a year, but it takes three months to complete one cleaning cycle. That means it’s being cleaned all year round.

The cleaners will climb up all the way to the spire, and then descend using ropes all the way to the ground floor. Once that’s done, they’ll use the lifts to go all the way back to the top and do it all over again.

The cleaners are attached to the building using high-tension ropes to the structure so they can head outside and scale the building safely.

Before that though, they have to check wind speeds. Emaar has stated that they can work safely at 20 knots (37kph), but they "stpo operations outdoors” at 12 knots (22kph) so water doesn’t splash all over the place.

You can check out how the window wipers make the Burj Khalifa squeaky clean all year round in the post below.

Dubai’s iconic building also took part in the #10yearchallenge this year, with a split picture of what it looked like in 2009 and how it looks today.

Just to show all the love for the building, Ladurée in The Dubai Mall has made an edible Burj Khalifa made entirely out of macarons.

We salute you, window cleaners.
Burj Khalifa, Downtown Dubai www.burjkhalifa.ae.

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