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Gold Souqs are an integral part of any traditional Arab Souq. I suppose that that is why the designers of Dubai Mall decided to include one in their floor plan, as it lends the mall more of a marketplace mystique and keeps it from being just another fortress of suburbia. To their credit, the planners managed to create something that at least has the feel of a modern version of a gold souq, with traditional designs and decoration, rather than a cheap knock-off of one. Within the Gold Souq, you will find the usual jewelry and precious stone merchants, as well as a few shops selling other traditional luxuries, such as bukhour and perfumes.
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Dubai Mall is massive. It’s not massive like Avenues in Kuwait (which is really four separate malls joined together), but it’s still huge. It is easy to get lost here, and at times this almost feels like an attraction in and of itself. Almost. Then you remember that this is a mall, and instead of having anything of cultural or historical significance, they have an Armani store and a massive Louis Vuitton boutique. At least the Armani Café in the mall is well designed, and the skating rink and massive aquarium will provide ample fodder for emails home.
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This was the world's tallest building when I was there--2,600 feet (800 meters). It is a very well organized and spread out walk to the elevator that takes you up VERY quickly. Unfortunately, the observation deck is not near the top but the views and experience are great anyway.
It is a good idea to reserve your ticket for the observation deck well in advance.
View from the top
At 124 floors, you would expect something of a view. And it certainly provides them in all directions. The proud claim, however, of being able to see 90+ kilometres on a clear day is usually somewhat lost. The sheer heat and dust of the desert rarely allows clear days much beyond the city itself.
And being so high up certainly helps identify the sheer scale of the city and the vast distances between places - just look at the size of the main roads if you need proof of the fact it really is a pedestrian-unfriendly city!
And, unexpectedly, there is an outdoor viewing platform. Well protected obviously but you can leave the a/c luxury and move into the furnace of the outdoors :)
The tallest building in the world.
Highest number of storeys in the world.
Highest public viewing platform in the world.
Highest occupied floor in the world.
Need to know more? :)
For visitors, the observation deck is on level 124 (the building continues for another 40 floors) and is reached via The Dubai Mall. Opens from 10am - 10pm, Sun-Wed: 10am - midnight, Thu-Sat. Cost is 100 AED for adults, 75 AED for 4- 12 year olds and free for under 3. There is an express service for immediate entry - an expensive 400 AED - if you have not booked in advance.
Advice is to either book in advance as the numbers are restricted (particularly relevant for sunset times) OR turn up on the day and book for an available time. I turned up at 10.15am and received an immediate entry for 10.30am at a cost of 100 AED. (But the sunset times were all booked for several days).
Take Metro to the Burj Khalifa stop. Note that the pedestrian bridge walkway from the station to the Dubai Mall is still being built, so it's either a hot walk (15 mins) or a connecting F3 bus immediately outside the station (but expect a scrimmage to get on at busy times).
Dubai Fountains, Burj Khaliffa & Dubai Mall
Well fountains are amazing especially at night. For those with a budget there's some great restaurants overlooking them such as the Rivington Grill. They run every 30 mins and are free to watch.
Burj Khaliffa (tallest building in the world) costs AED400 if you dont book but AED100 if you do! (so book). Well worth a visit if you like good views and interested in how it was built.
Dubai Mall is huge and has so many shops of every kind!!!
Burj Khalifa Construction
The construction of the world's highest tower, naturally, took several years. Although in the Dubai fashion, it was done faster than any other city could have managed at a pace of one floor per week! During my numerous visits to Dubai from Nov 2005 to Oct 2008, I have watched the tower go up and up, almost floor by floor. In March 2006, the tower was finally a distinguishable structure, but by November 2006 it had reached 81 floors. In March 2007, 110 floors were completed, which already made it the highest structure in Europe and the Middle East. On my visit in Feb 2008, it had finally become the world's highest structure. In June 2008, the tower could barely fit in one photo and by October 2008, it was nearing completion. Attached are photos of the progress of construction over the years.
Views from the world's tallest tower!
I had to get a ticket to the Burj Khalifa open-air observatory on level 124. At 828m it is the tallest man-made structure to date. However you would not be that high on the public observatory.
Advance purchase tickets online cost 100 AED plus 5 AED fee, walk-in fees are 400 AED! You must have photo ID to collect your prepaid tickets.
The building has 57 elevators and 8 escalators, but to reach L124 you go straight up in one elevator. The ride is smooth, with the only indication you are moving being the digital floor counter chaging rapidly!
Your At The Top, Burj Khalifa visit begins in the reception area on the lower ground level of The Dubai Mall. Here you will be entertained and informed by a multi-media presentation that chronicles Dubai’s exotic history and the fascinating story of Burj Khalifa.
Leave the reception area aboard the 65-metre-long travelator on a trip that transports you through time, from the earliest days of Dubai to the present. Pause briefly at a unique viewing point for your first close-up view of the soaring Burj Khalifa, seen through a skylight framing its awe-inspiring height.
Begin your vertical ascent to the observation deck in a high-speed elevator, travelling at 10 metres per second. As the doors open, floor-to-ceiling glass walls provide a breath-taking unobstructed 360-degree view of the city, desert and ocean. By night, sparkling lights and stars compete for your attention.
Special telescopes provide virtual time-travel visions of the scenes beyond and below. You’ll see close-up real-time views as well as the past and the future, by day and by night. You can also walk the entire perimeter for the most comprehensive views. If you wish, adventure outside onto the open-air terrace to enjoy another perspective of the sweeping views below.
It was quite an experience to feel how windy it was in the open-air terrace & hence pretty cool temperature-wise!
In just 1,325 days since excavation work started in January, 2004, Burj Khalifa became the tallest free-standing structure in the world. Excavation started in January 2004 and January 2010 saw the Official launch ceremony.
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Go Up a Big Tower
When we went in Jan 2010, the Burj Khalifa tower had just opened, so there was huge interest in going up to the observation deck. I queued for ages at the Dubai Mall to get a ticket for the next day.
When we actually went up, the views were amazing, if limited by the haze.
The actual experience was nothing special, but it's worth it to see Dubai from above.
Remains to be seen if this tower is anything more than an expensive folly, the Armani hotel should be open by now !
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Burj Khalifa Observation Deck - "At The Top"
Formally known as the Burj Dubai, the Burj Khalifa is the tallest building in the world and my husband and I recently visited the observation deck on the 124th floor.
At over 800 metres (2625 feet) and more than 160 stories, Burj Khalifa holds the following records:
• Tallest building in the world
• Tallest free-standing structure in the world
• Highest number of stories in the world
• Highest occupied floor in the world
• Highest outdoor observation deck in the world
• Elevator with the longest travel distance in the world
• Tallest service elevator in the world
You can buy tickets on the Lower Ground Floor of Dubai Mall at a cost of AED100 for advance bookings (up to one day in advance) for adults, AED75 for children of 4-12 yrs and under 4's are free. AED400 is the cost for immediate access (limited tickets). You can also reserve tickets online following the link on the website below. Hours of operation are: Sunday - Wednesday 10am-10pm and Thursday - Saturday 10am - midnight. Last tickets are available 45 mins before closing.
You are advised to arrive "At the Top" in advance of your time slot and can look around at the multi media presentations at the entrance. Shopping bags and strollers must be stored in the left luggage section, before you proceed to have any small bags x-rayed and pass through the screening procedure.
You then proceed past several more multi-media presentations before taking the elevator to the124th floor, a 60 second journey.
Once at the 124th floor there is an outdoor and indoor section where you can admire the view and take photos (the outdoor section has slats in the windows for photo taking). There is also a gift shop for souvenirs both at the entrance and on the 124th floor.
The tallest building in the world. Don't need to say much as it must have been on your list of places to check out. The music fountain at night is a must-see. It's now reachable by the metro. Next to it is the Dubai Mall, the largest shopping centre in the world.
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BURJ KHALIFA - officially the tallest of them all
As you've surely noticed, Dubai promotes itself as the city of the future: striving to offer everything in one place – everything that other cities may not be able to offer – and at the same time everything that is built needs to be the best, the biggest, the shiniest, the most expensive, the first-ever-of-its-kind, etc.
Not surprising then that our city now boasts the world's tallest tower: the BURJ KHALIFA (burj is the Arabic word for tower)
7th April 2008: Burj Khalifa is now official the wold's tallest man-made structure. It currently stands at 629 metres tall while KVLY-TV mast (North Dakota), which held the record for the world's tallest supported structure since 1963, has a height of 628,8m.
Burj Dubai is already the world's tallest building, and at 160 storeys is taller than Taipei 101 (508m) in Taiwan and CN Tower (553,33m) in Canada.
It is set to meet all 4 criteria listed by the Council on Tall Buildings & Urban Habitat (CTBUH), which classifies the world's tallest structures.
UPDATE 1st May 2008: The tower now stands at 160 storeys tall! From now on, no more floors will be added. Now they are working to complete the spire.
UPDATE 4th January 2010: Burj Khalifa (previously known as Burj Dubai) was openend today - final official height is 828 m.
The area around the tower is called "Downtown / Old Town" and features numerous office spaces as well as residential developments & of course a massive new shopping complex named "Dubai Mall". (how could we ever survive without another shopping mall? LOL)
Guess what's special about Dubai Mall? You're right: it's one of the World's Largest Shopping Malls covering an area equivalent of 50 football fields with over 1,200 stores including 120 food & beverage outlets, and the "Dubai Fountain", another innovate way of wasting thousands of gallons of water in our desert environment.
The leisure area around the tower ("Old Town") is already open with a "New Souk / Souk Al Bahar" area and various restaurants & cafes dotted around a man-made lake.
You can also visit one of these restaurants or better yet: stay in 2 hotels which are located exactly next to the tower: QAMARDEEN Hotel (http://www.southernsunme.com/qamardeen/index.htm) or the AL MANZIL Hotel (http://www.southernsunme.com/almanzil/index.htm).
When you're driving around town you'll quickly notice: Burj Khalifa is visible from pretty much anywhere!
Dubai is marketing this tower not only as a building, but as a "part of history".
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Burj Al Dubai
The largest and the most famous construction project currently taking place in Dubai is the Burj Dubai, which began in 2004.
It is the tallest freestanding structure in Dubai. It is the 818 meter high which topped out on January, 2009 (we saw it just before it was completed in December, 2008). Upon completion, the Burj Dubai will officially be the tallest building, freestanding structure, and man-made structure of any kind ever built on the planet.
Skyscrapers whereever you look!!
If you like skyscrapers and good architecture, Dubai is the place to go. They are all over in all stunning shapes and sizes. They are currently building the worlds tallest building called the Burj Dubai which is said to to over 500m upon completion. Its just absolutely incredible when you see the skyline and this incredibly tall building sticking out into the heavens...its totally awe inspiring...
twin towers and other buildings
Dubai is a city of tall buildings, some more attractive and diatinctive than others. When I first visited Dubai I was aware that Dubai has two towers that were distinctive until the new Burj Dubai began to be constructed. They are one of several constructions called 'twin towers'.
Other buildings I noted have interesting shapes, or decorative features.I have selected a few that have caught my eye over the years.
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