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Burj Khalifa - halfway from the top
The advertising leaflets tell you "at the top" Burj Khalifa....but you can only get halfway to the top of the world's highest tower...to level 124, 452 meters above sea level...., but still it was a great experience, and the view from level 124 was breathtaking and absolutely worth a try.
It's best to buy tickes online, you get a better price, and you don't need to wait too long. When you book your tickets online you need to decide which day and time you want to visit.
You get access to the tower through Dubai Mall which is beside. Once you have shown you ticket, you walk through a tunnel and into the lift which takes you up to level 124.
Around Burj Khalifa there is a nice park with an artificial lake, and plenty of shops - a luxurious souk when you walk across the bridge.
The closest metro station is Burj Khalifa/Dubai Mall Station.
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Burj Khalifa (previously Burj Dubai)
One of the most ambitious construction projects in the world, Burj Khalifa is the highest tower in the world! It was built by Emaar, Dubai's premier construction company, and designed by the American architectural firm Skidmore, Owings & Merrill. The stunning 823-metre tower contains an extravagant shopping centre, a Giorgio Armani hotel, offices and apartments. The grounds around the tower are graced by a manmade lagoon surrounded by many residential and office buildings. On my visit to Dubai in October 2008, the Burj was very near completion and the shopping centre below it was set to open a week or two after my visit. I had to wait until November 2012 to see the final product, but unfortunately, going up the tower was sold out that day. I had to contend myself with the stunning views from below...
Burj Khalifa is by far Dubai’s greatest claim to global fame. As the tallest tower in the world (until the Saudis can outdo it), the Burj looks a bit like a massive ice pick. The building was completed in 2009 and opened in January 2010, after the financial collapse in Dubai brought about by the 2008 global recession caused the Emirate to accept a bailout from neighbouring Abu Dhabi and rename the tower after its leader. Today, the Burj is a 830 metre tall monument to the Dubai property bubble, as somewhere close to 90% of apartments sat vacant till 2011, and rents in the building have allegedly fallen by 40% from the opening values. Visitors to the Burj can ride up to an observation deck, from which they will have unparalleled views of the Persian Gulf and the desert expanses of the Arabian Peninsula.
Burj Khalifa / Dubai Mall Metro stn # 25 Red line
Burj Khalifa....the tallest building in the world needs no introduction. Alight at this Metro station and walk under the covered walk way to the tallest building (around 500 metres walk).
Burj Khalifa towers over the Old Town, Musical fountains ( shows every 1 hour in the evenings), and Dubai Mall, which is said to be the largest shopping mall in the world. To explore the area, one needs at least half a day. Suggest that you start by 13:00hrs,stroll around the mall and have lunch in one of he hundreds of fine cuisine restaurants, visit the aquarium and Kidzania (must for kids), and then take trip to the top of Burj Khalifa by booking on-line in advance "at the top". Though you do not get to reach the top floor, you still make to to the 140th floor which is enough to make you dizzy !...please do not try Tom Cruise stunts in "Mission Impossible - Ghost Protocol". Best time to visit is 16:30 so you can see the city during the day as well as in the evening lights along with a picturesqu sun-set over the Dubai Palm Islands into the Arabian Gulf. Sun sets in Dubai around 17:15 in late November. The Burj Al Arab experience is worth the time, as you do not just get to be on top of the world's tallest building, but also get to witness how the whole structure came into existence by traversing through a well laid out museum.
Once you alight, just stroll around the lake, cross over the bridge to the old town and experience the magical musical fountains which are supposed to be one of the best in the world. Once again, choose from one of e restaurants to enjoy a nice dinner.
Caution: should you intend to visit Burj Khalifa, do not forget to book well in advance online with "At the top" or reserve a table at "At.mosphere" restaurant on the 122nd floor...... Makes it to be the highest restaurant in the world (in a building).
Also, check out the boarding point well in advance, as the mall / area is massive and it is very easy to ge lost.
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Some of the links below may be useful:
Ensure prior on-line booking.
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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).
The worlds tallest building
If you get the opportunity, I would visit the worlds tallest building, Al Burg Khalifa. It is located at the Dubai Mall. If you purchase your ticket 24 hours in advance at the Dubai Mall; it is only 100AED. But, you do not have the time, it will cost you 300AED. I purchased my ticket in advance.
Please bring a camera ! The tour take approximately one hour, and you will take the extremely smooth elevator to the 124th floor, in a matter of seconds. The view was fantastic. There will be a photographer there to take pictures, and you can pay for the picture when the tour has finished. Please take your time when you make your decision about photo purchases. You will enjoy this adventure.
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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.
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...
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