While in Dubai, our first stop was the Burj Khalifa. Currently listed as the tallest building in the world at 829.8 m (2,722 ft) the Burj Khalifa is located in the heart of Downtown Dubai. The building is the perfect place to get a birds-eye view of Dubai, and if visit on a clear day you can see beyond Dubai’s city limits.
Designed by Adrian Smith, an American architect whose credits include the two tallest structures in the world, the other being the Jeddah Tower, in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia. Construction on Burj Khalifa began in 2004, and although completed in 2009, the doors were not officially opened until 2010. The entire campus houses nine hotels, 3 hectares of parks, 19 residential towers, the Dubai Mall and Burj Khalifa Lake.
No matter how you arrive into Dubai, it is near impossible to miss the enormous figure in the sky. As we arrived Dubai via plane, it was the first thing we noticed in the sky and could still see it as we landed. Its enormous presence was one of the reasons we wanted to visit as soon as possible during our stay.
Visiting Burj Khalifa is easy, but it is not cheap. There are two viewing options to choose from: “At the Top Sky” including floors 125 & 148 and “At the Top” including floor 124. Adult prices for “At the Top Sky” are 350AED ($95usd) and for “At the Top” are 125AED ($35usd). Additional fees may apply during sunrise/sunset hours. We opted for “At the Top” and couldn’t have been more pleased.
We booked our visit time and tickets online to be picked up at their will call office. I highly recommend booking your viewing time in advance because it does get crowded, and the line gets long. Also, the website does offer some package deal discounts for food, drink or entrance to other sites. The entrance and will call office are located on the bottom floor of the Dubai Mall near the food court area. The easiest & coolest (temperature wise) way to reach the Dubai Mall is by taking the Dubai Metro to the Dubai Mall stop and walking the Metro Link Bridge from the metro to the mall. Plan for about a 10 minute walk from the metro to the entrance. Another option would be to get off at the Burj Khalifa Station and take a feeder bus to the mall. The buses run frequently but remember Dubai gets hot!
The walk to the elevators includes lots of information and photos about the building and how it was built. The elevator ride itself takes no time at all and opens to the 124th floor of the Burj Khalifa. The outside observation deck covers about half of the building and provides some spectacular views of the entire city and beyond. Don’t forget to walk up to the 125th floor for additional viewing and the chance to see the outdoor deck from above.
We enjoyed our visit to At the Top Burj Khalifa because not only were the views incredible, but the experience gave us a bird’s eye perspective of the city. After seeing the city from that view, we had a pretty good grasp of the city layout and could plan the rest of our visit better. We were also able to scope out some good standing spots for the nightly light show at the Dubai Fountain located on the Burj Khalifa Lake.
The price is steep, but if you find yourself in Dubai, we recommend taking the time to visit. We went early in the morning, and the haze was heavier than we expected, but the place was near empty.
3.5 out of 5 Travelationship High Fives. The view was great, but the price was high.
This is a worthwhile place for any traveler who is interested in adventure, romance, history, bucket list activities, partier (for those going to Sky level).