Burj Khalifa, World's Tallest Building, Captured By Google Street View

The Google Street View team has been mapping building interiors for a while now, but outdid itself this week. Terek Abdalla, Google's head of marketing in the Middle East and North Africa, announced on Monday that a Google Street View team had mapped several floors of the Burj Khalifa, the tallest building in the world.

"This is the first time we’ve captured a skyscraper on Street View—making Google Maps even more comprehensive and useful for you," Abdalla wrote.

Often called the "Vertical City," the Burj Khalifa is home to apartments, offices, nine hotels, seven acres of parkland, an observation deck, the world's higest restaurant, a pool, an entire shopping mall and more.

Not only did the team map Burj Khalifa's interior extravagance, a Street View team member also braved an exterior maintenance unit on the 80th floor (usually used for cleaning windows) in 40 mph winds to capture a panorama of Dubai as seen from the tower. The team additionally took ariel photos from the observation deck on the 124th floor, the pool on the 76th floor and the highest room on the 163rd floor.

The team used Google's Street View Trekker and Trolley to capture the 360-degree images, which program manager Pascal Malite says is usually used for "mountain trails" and "narrow passages."

Take a look at some of the photos in the slideshow below.



Google's Shots Of The Burj Khalifa