Emaar Properties, the global property developer, has showcased for the first time ever its impressive gallery of Guinness World Records.
At a celebratory event held at At.mosphere, the innovative lounge and grill located in Burj Khalifa, Emaar showcased four of its Guinness World Records – the Tallest Building and Tallest Man-made Structure Ever for Burj Khalifa; Largest Shopping Centre for The Dubai Mall and Highest Restaurant from Ground Level for At.mosphere.
Emaar also holds the Guinness World Record for the ‘Single Largest Acrylic Viewing Panel’ for Dubai Aquarium & Underwater Zoo, which is displayed on site.
Senior managers of Emaar Properties also received a plaque honouring At.mosphere at the event from Mr. Talal Omar, Adjudication Manager of Guinness World Records.
Mr. Ahmad Al Matrooshi, Managing Director, Emaar Properties, said: “We are honoured to be recognised with the Guinness World Records for our iconic developments. The records are a true demonstration of Dubai’s ability to innovate, and add to our city’s civic pride. For us, the goal is not simply to set records. Through our accomplishments we look to inspire the world and to encourage people to think beyond the obvious and push their boundaries. All our record-holding achievements have set benchmarks globally, and will serve as referral points for future developments in high rises, malls or luxury restaurants.”
Described as both a ‘Vertical City’ and ‘A Living Wonder,’ Burj Khalifa rises gracefully from the desert, and honours the city with its extraordinary union of art, engineering and meticulous craftsmanship. At 828 metres (2,716.5 ft), the 200 plus storey Burj Khalifa has 160 habitable levels, the most of any building in the world.
The tower, located in the heart of Downtown Dubai, the 500-acre mega-development of Emaar described as ‘The Centre of Now,’ became the world’s tallest man-made structure just 1,325 days after excavation work started in January 2004. Burj Khalifa utilised a record-breaking 330,000 cubic metres of concrete; 39,000 tonnes of steel reinforcement; 103,000 square metres of glass; and 15,500 square metres of embossed stainless steel. The tower took 22 million man hours to build.
With a total internal floor area of 5.9 million sq ft, The Dubai Mall – also in Downtown Dubai - has 3.77 million sq ft of gross leasable space and over 1,200 retail outlets including two anchor department stores - Galeries Lafayette and Bloomingdale’s - and over 160 food and beverage outlets. The Dubai Mall offers an unparalleled retail mix combined with world-class dining, entertainment and leisure attractions.
A 440,000 sq ft fashion precinct dedicated to haute couture, positions The Dubai Mall as the fashion capital for the region. Leisure attractions include Dubai Aquarium & Underwater Zoo featuring over 33,000 aquatic animals and a 270-degree walkthrough tunnel; KidZania®, an innovative children’s ‘edutainment’ concept that has been introduced to the region; SEGA Republic, a 76,000 sq ft high adrenaline indoor theme park; the 22-screen Reel Cinemas megaplex with a total capacity of 2,800 seats; and the Olympic-sized Dubai Ice Rink keeping adults and children entertained year round. The record-holding ‘Single Largest Acrylic Panel’ at Dubai Aquarium & Underwater Zoo is 32.88m long x 8.3m high.
At.mosphere is located on Level 122 of Burj Khalifa, at a height of 442 metres (1,350 ft). It is only two levels below ‘At the Top, Burj Khalifa,’ the world’s highest observatory deck with an outdoor terrace. The outlet offers two exceptional dining experiences – a vibrant lounge and a delectable grill. The entrance is through Burj Khalifa’s Corporate Suites lobby with guests exiting the express elevator on Level 123 to face a two-storeyed glass atrium. A flight of cantilevered staircases lead them to the arrival lobby where they can enjoy panoramic views of the city.
The grill at At.mosphere, open for lunch from 12.30pm to 3pm and for dinner from 7pm to 11.30pm, is billed as ‘the must visit’ restaurant in the city, on par with the world’s finest. The upscale lounge, with a seating capacity of 130 and a private area for 35, is open from 12pm to 2am, and opens to glittering views of the city. Adorned in mahogany walls and ceilings, Adam Tihany furnishings, and floors of café au lait limestone and hand-tufted carpet, At.mosphere also has a stunning beverage display and cellar.