Record breaking lifts at the Burj Khalifa

By Tony Sheridan

Published on: 13-07-2012

Sheridan Lifts may have been involved in the design, installation and maintenance of some impressive lifts right across the UK, but even our experience as lift consultants pales in comparison to the incredible lifts in the world’s tallest building, the Burj Khalifa in Dubai.

At a massive 828 metres, 2716 ft or half a mile high, with no less than 160 stories, the Burj Khalifa took the record for the tallest building in the world recently – and with the world economy in recession, it could hold that record for some time.

Naturally, the world’s tallest building also sets a number of records for lifts too, to get the estimated 35,000 occupants around the many facilities of the tower, including a hotel, offices and, apartments, night clubs, restaurants and swimming pools, plus the inevitable observation deck on floor 124. In fact, it is the observation deck lift that holds the record for the longest travel lift in the world, rising 124 floors from the ground to the magnificent viewpoint. The journey is so long that each car is equipped with multi-media entertainment to pass the time. However long the momentous journey to the observation deck takes, it has to be preferable to the 2909 stairs that you would otherwise have to climb.

The lift consultants at the Burj Khalifa also hold the record for the fastest lift, moving at no less than 40mph or 18 m/s, the tallest service lift in the world and the world’s highest lift, which sits above them all in a tube at the very top. In total, the Burj Khalifa has 57 lifts within its incredible structure, including some double decker lifts, and the lift consultants even considered triple decker lifts in the original designs.