Burj Dubai

When completed in 2008, Burj Dubai will hold the record in all four categories recognized by the New York-based global authority, Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat. These records are: highest structure, roof, antenna and occupied floor. The 160 plus-story tower, designed by architect Adrian Smith for Chicago-based Skidmore, Owings and Merrill (SOM), is inspired from the geometrics of the desert flower and the patterning systems of Islamic architecture. At more than 2,290 feet (700 meters), Burj Dubai will be almost double the height of the Empire State Building.

Will include 54 Otis elevators (including 20 Gen2™ elevators and 2 double-deck) and 8 escalators

The high-rise elevator will reach 1,640 feet (500 meters).

The fast-speed elevator, a double-deck, will travel at the rate of 1,969 feet per minute (10 meters per second). That means passengers will be transported up and down at almost 22 miles per hour (35 kilometers per hour). The trip will take about 55 seconds.