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Everything to Know About Burj Khalifa’s New Art Initiative

The world’s tallest building, Burj Khalifa. Photo: Instagram/ @faz3

The Burj Khalifa and Emaar have launched an exciting new art initiative, inviting graphic designers and artists to submit their work to be displayed on the iconic landmark. The Burj Khalifa Open Call initiative has been set up to encourage emerging and professional creatives across the region to showcase their artistic talents.

Submissions are open until December 31, with final winners getting the unique opportunity to see their design projected on the 828-meter-high façade of the world’s tallest building.


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The landmark, located in Downtown Dubai is home to the largest LED screen in the world, holding more than 1.2 million LED lights. The spectacular structure’s LED light show runs several times a night and currently holds the Guinness World Record for the largest light and sound show on a single struct.

The Burj Khalifa Open Call initiative is open to all levels of artistic talent, from beginners to professionals; as well as to residents living in the UAE and abroad, too. Artists from across the world can submit their light or 3D-mapping designs individually or as part of a team. Designs for the initiative can be submitted online.

The 109,252 sqm structure frequently displays extraordinary light shows, often honoring international events, or showcasing a country’s flag, or posters for blockbuster movies, as well as showing support and solidarity to countries facing challenges around the world.

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The Burj Khalifa lit up in honor of New Zealand’s Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern. Photo: Instagram/ @hhshkmohd

Over the years the Burj Khalifa has featured many impressive light shows, with many poignant displays, including that of the tower lighting up in honor of New Zealand’s Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern. The tower expressed gratitude to Arden following the Christchurch mosque shooting, in 2019, which took the lives of 50 Muslims. The building has also stood in solidarity with Beirut, offering support to the country after the devastating port explosion earlier this year.

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