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Old January 28th, 2012, 11:54 AM   #30481
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My life in Burj Khalifa: The insider's story

My life in Burj Khalifa: The insider's story
Mahi Golchin-Depala on what it’s like to have friends drop by and the secret Dubai Mall passageway
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Published Thursday, January 20, 2011

Mahi lives on the 98th floor and owns multiple apartments. (DENNIS B MALLARI)

One year ago when Burj Khalifa launched as the world’s tallest tower, at over 828 metres (2,716.5 feet) and more than 160 stories, it rose like a phoenix from among the ashes of a global economic burnout.

While property prices around the world and in the UAE took a beating, the fountains in front of the iconic structure seemed to drench the imagination of visitors with strange ideas of who actually lived in the Burj Khalifa.

Were they only royals? Were they magnates and billionaires whose identities would never be revealed? Were the houses all empty?

As we approached the tower, we were stopped at the entrance where a guard verified our details, the car plate number and allowed us access. The valet – a service offered complementary to all residents and guests – then takes over.

As we walk through the huge, impressive lobby, marked by a unique drum-cymbal decor, we get past the glass doors, which can be opened only with an access card, and take the lift to the 76nd floor. There one has to change lifts to go higher.

Now, for the first time, we take you inside two of the homes at the Burj Khalifa.

Emirates 24|7 met with two residents – one living on the 98th floor and one on the 92nd. While one is owner, one rents.

Both the residents this website spoke to were women and while they were understandably guarded about opening their very private homes and lives to the media, they genuinely thrilled about living at one of the most exclusive addresses in the world.

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Gulf Film and Grand Cinemas, and Managing Director, Phars Film. She is of Iranian nationality. She owns a three-bedroom apartment on the 98th floor. She also owns an Armani apartment which gives her exclusive access to the facilities at the Armani Hotel. Here are excerpts from an interview with her.

Why did you buy an apartment in Burj Khalifa?

I was born and grew up in Dubai. It’s my home and I wanted to stay in Burj Khalifa, as it is a unique building in the world. The first time we (my husband and I) came here we felt things were a bit complicated. The second time, it felt a less complicated and the third time, we said, ‘let’s live here’. We do need to switch lifts to reach our apartments since we stay on the 98th floor. Although it is not something one does regularly, but one gets used to it after a time. The view from our apartment is breathtaking!

Did you buy your apartment from Emaar or from the secondary market?

It was from the secondary market in 2008. My father too has invested in a number of apartment, we did buy some at a premium. We have been advised by different agents not to sell, but to rent. They expect full occupancy by 2013.

If offered Will you consider staying in a signature villa in Dubai or Burj Khalifa?

Although we currently rent a villa on the Palm, we will definitely will opt to stay in Burj Khalifa. There are a lot of benefits and facilities here that you can’t find elsewhere. The address itself is unique; the whole environment is amazing. You have a direct access to Dubai Mall — a passageway, which has a picture gallery, depicting the various construction stages of Burj Khalifa.

Has Emaar set up an owners’ association?

They are in the process of setting up an owners’ association and we have been told that they eventually will.

Will you sell your unit if are offered a premium price?

Absolutely. We own a number of apartments on different floors. We are ready to sell only if we get a premium.

How do people respond when you tell them your address?

The address itself is catchy. When I call someone and tell them where I want the thins to be delivered, they seem to be a bit lost, pause for moment and then direct us or our calls to their managers.

How many famous people have you seen?

Giorgio Armani and some members of the royal families of the UAE. I did read Shilpa Shetty bought an apartment and so who knows; one day I could bump into some of the Bollywood stars.

How do you rate the service in the building?

The facilities and services here are impeccable. There is an indoor and outdoor pool, a yoga room, a massage room, and gym for each set of floors. One of the amazing things is that you can have access to the Armani Hotel and its facilities. The Armani spa is amazing. And as residents, we don’t have to pay for anything.

Do your friends find it quite inconvenient to visit your place due to the high security in the tower?

If someone does drop in without informing us, all they have to do is to inform the Concierge, who then contact us. As soon as we give them the go ahead, they are allowed in. It doesn’t take more than a minute. There is security, but not so much to be a hassle.


Would you ever buy an office here?

Well, at some point of time, we may buy an office on the higher floors.

Have you seen the apartments with balconies?

We definitely are going to see them. We have been told there are only six apartments with balconies with a Jacuzzi there. If offered at a right price, we may consider buying one.
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Old January 28th, 2012, 11:56 AM   #30482
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Why renting a Burj Khalifa apartment is just ‘Mumtaz'

why renting a Burj Khalifa apartment is just ‘Mumtaz'

For this tenant it’s all about location, location, location… that and the view
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* Parag Deulgaonkar

Published Thursday, January 20, 2011

Under the name of Cantonnet, this lady rents an apartment in the tallest tower in the world. (Dennis B Mallari)

One year ago when Burj Khalifa launched as the world’s tallest tower, at over 828 metres (2,716.5 feet) and more than 160 stories, it rose like a phoenix from among the ashes of a global economic burnout.

While property prices around the world and in the UAE took a beating, the fountains in front of the iconic structure seemed to drench the imagination of visitors with strange ideas of who actually lived in the Burj Khalifa.

Were they only royals? Were they magnates and billionaires whose identities would never be revealed? Were the houses all empty?

As we approached the tower, we were stopped at the entrance where a guard verified our details, the car plate number and allowed us access. The valet – a service offered complementary to all residents and guests – then takes over.

As we walk through the huge, impressive lobby, marked by a unique drum-cymbal decor, we get past the glass doors, which can be opened only with an access card, and take the lift to the 76nd floor. There one has to change lifts to go higher.

Now, for the first time, we take you inside two of the homes at the Burj Khalifa.

Emirates 24|7 met with two residents – one living on the 98th floor and one on the 92nd. While one is owner, one rents.

The second resident we met chose to only give us the name Cantonnet. She said her company, which is a design firm is called Cantonnet & Cantonnet. She is of American nationality. She rents her apartment. Excerpts from the interview.

How does it feel like to be one the first residents of Burj Khalifa?

It’s great. I feel blessed in a way to be able to live in this very iconic building. It’s actually a once in a lifetime experience.

How do people respond when you tell them about your address?

They are impressed and are very curious. They want to know everything… what is it like inside, what is the experience of living here? They all ask a lot of questions and I am always happy to respond. This is an exceptional building, not only from the outside, but from the inside as well.

Why did you opt to stay here?

For me, real estate is all about location. I personally don’t like to be in traffic and I don’t drive. So being able to press a button, go down the elevator and have all the services without having to leave the building. For me, there is nothing else better than this.

Do your friends find it inconvenient to visit you due to high security here?

There is no inconvenience, at all. It is not necessary that need to inform the security a day earlier unless it’s some major delivery such as furniture. We have been residing here for the past four weeks… we have someone coming over to our place, at least once a week.

Can you take visitors to other floors in the tower?

We always visit the 76th floor. That is a place that everyone loves to go see. People want to have a small tour of the Armani Hotel. As long as you have the card to access the right places, there is no problem. The staff knows us well and we all are like a family now.

How do you rate the service in the building?

It is superb! The management is exceptional and they really do make it a point to show and confirm that this is a “white glove” building. They care about every detail you can think of. The staff, including James Spencer and Ani Arotin, are happy to help you and that is one of the best parts of staying here. They have one person assigned per floor who does all the cleaning. I have stayed in white glove buildings in New York with top management companies. This really stands up to it and is setting an example for other tall buildings in this part of the world.

How many famous people have you seen?

We were supposed to have seen Tom Cruise, but everything was so secure that we really did not get a chance to… other than me I haven’t yet seen any famous people.

Did you negotiate the rent or found it affordable?

I stay on the 92nd floor in a three-bedroom apartment. The rent is obviously high, but in life ‘you get what you pay for’. I wanted to stay in a white glove building and have the best location. I did negotiate as I am a businesswoman. If all goes well, we will buy something next year in Burj Khalifa.

How many apartments did you see before selecting the one where you stay now?

I probably saw 12 apartments of various sizes and all the views. I started looking for a two-bed, then saw the three-bed and opted for it. I think it was a very good decision.

Describe your experience in Burj Khalifa in one word?

Mumtaz (beautiful, distinguished, the best).
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Old January 28th, 2012, 12:03 PM   #30483
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i will post a lot of photos for Armani residence today evening or tomorrow
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Old January 28th, 2012, 02:55 PM   #30484
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Burj Khalifa - Armani Residences

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Old January 28th, 2012, 06:53 PM   #30485
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New BBC 1 documentary on Dubai's pigeon issues Looks like it was filmed in December 2011, so enjoy the lovely Burj Khalifa and Sheikh Zayed Road cinematography

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Old January 28th, 2012, 09:45 PM   #30486
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Old January 29th, 2012, 12:51 AM   #30487
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I do have a vertical version of this shot including the full Burj, but I prefer this one which leaves room for imagination..

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Old January 29th, 2012, 02:01 AM   #30488
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Old January 29th, 2012, 09:41 AM   #30489
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How wide did you go here? Looks like like less then 10mm
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Old January 29th, 2012, 09:44 AM   #30490
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This is 14mm on a full-frame camera, which would be around 9mm on a crop format camera, depending on whether it is a Nikon (x1.5) or Canon (x1.6)
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Old January 29th, 2012, 01:20 PM   #30491
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I was comparing it with the minimum 10 mm I can go in my crop format Canon, and it was more then I can capture from that spot.


PS: I didn't know Nikon crops by 1.5 factor
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Old January 29th, 2012, 01:49 PM   #30492
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i want to ask how i enter burj khalifa from the water front or burj bark ??
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Old January 29th, 2012, 08:03 PM   #30493
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Hi all.

Hi Burj.
You can't enter the BK unless you :
- are a guest staying in the hotel.
- are a resident.
- are an office worker of a company that has office space.
(or are visiting someone who is one of the above)
- are a visitor of the observation deck.
All 4 enter the BK through a different entrance.

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nice nice lots of flowers and greenery
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Old January 30th, 2012, 10:27 AM   #30495
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Hi Burj.
You can't enter the BK unless you :
- are a guest staying in the hotel.
- are a resident.
- are an office worker of a company that has office space.
(or are visiting someone who is one of the above)
- are a visitor of the observation deck.
All 4 enter the BK through a different entrance.
Okay so no surprise its like any other building the world. the degree is just how aggressive security will be in showing non visitors the door.
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Old January 30th, 2012, 11:29 AM   #30496
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Hi Burj.
You can't enter the BK unless you :
- are a guest staying in the hotel.
- are a resident.
- are an office worker of a company that has office space.
(or are visiting someone who is one of the above)
- are a visitor of the observation deck.
All 4 enter the BK through a different entrance.


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Most important thing is the access card, if you have it you can enter without any problems

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Old January 30th, 2012, 01:01 PM   #30497
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... the degree is just how aggressive security will be in showing non visitors the door.
That totally depends on your level of agressivity (or annoyance) as a non-visitor
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Old January 30th, 2012, 06:05 PM   #30498
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Old January 30th, 2012, 06:07 PM   #30499
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Most important thing is the access card, if you have it you can enter without any problems

Well, if i rent in Burj Khalifa and not the owner of the apartment from Emaar How to Get on the card

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Old January 30th, 2012, 07:09 PM   #30500
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Well, if i rent in Burj Khalifa and not the owner of the apartment from Emaar How to Get on the card
Landlord will give you an access card and if you need an extra that also possible.Simply process , Emaar have a form for it.
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