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    Burj Khalifa Observation Deck - "At The Top"

    by chizz Updated Apr 14, 2010

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    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.

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    BURJ KHALIFA - officially the tallest of them all

    by JessH Updated Jan 6, 2010

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    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

    by Kuznetsov_Sergey Updated Dec 5, 2009

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    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.

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    Views from the world's tallest tower!

    by Durfun Written Jan 18, 2011

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    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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    Burj Khalifa

    by Stroller Written Apr 8, 2010

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    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 Construction

    by MM212 Updated Jan 22, 2011

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    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.

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    twin towers and other buildings

    by uglyscot Updated Jul 31, 2007

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    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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    Burj Dubai

    by zuyao Written Apr 10, 2007

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    Well this is still under construction. The tallest building in the world – soon. When I was there, it has already surpassed the 100-storey mark and is now the building with the most number of floors. Construction is going on there big time. So soon, it’ll be a new tourist attraction in Dubai. Situated on Sheikh Zayed Road, you can’t miss it for its sheer height.

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  • Dubai Fountains, Burj Khaliffa & Dubai Mall

    by zoeR Written Mar 6, 2011

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    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!!!

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    Go Up a Big Tower

    by jamie_uk Written Nov 25, 2010

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    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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    Skyscrapers whereever you look!!

    by dejavu2gb Written Jul 6, 2008

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    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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    At The Top Observation Deck Burj Khalifa: Overview

    by machomikemd Written Aug 3, 2013

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    This will be a multi part tip with assorted pictures of the Observation Deck, Ticket, lines, etc.

    Again, like what I've said, the only access to the Burj Khalifa Tower for tourists is via the luxe Armani Hotel if you are a registered guest or is a guest of one of the rich owners of a unit of the Armani Condominium Units and Burk Khalifa Units or via the At The Top Observation Deck, which is located at the 124rth floor and is accessed via the Dubai Mall Entrance where you can buy tickets and then fall in line to the 1 minute elevator ride via 2 elevators going up and down the observation deck.

    The Observation deck is only the second highest even though the Burj Khalifa is the World's Highest Tower since the deck is located lower thant the higher observation deck of the CN Tower in Toronto (they have 2 levels in CN Tower and the 2nd level is higher than the single observation deck of the Burj Khalifa Tower.

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    You Can buy tickets in advance online via their website but only the general admission (date and timed) and you must be there 30 minutes before the scheduled date and time of entry or they will forfeit your ticket. Admission price is AED 125 for adults and AED 85 for children below 4 years old and you can print you online ticket with the date and time of the entrance in it and show it to the ticket counter.

    You can also buy general admission tickets at their ticket counter at the dubai mall but you would end up getting tickets that are too late (example is arriving at 9:00 am and then trying to buy tickets for 10:00 am but the available ones will be 5:00 pm and above as many people buy thei tickets online in advance). If you don't want to wait for a good timed ticket, you can get ahea of line by buying the Immediate Entry Ticket but it will cost you 400 AED! (more than 3x times the regular price! both for adults and children admission prices.

    There is a long, winding line from the ticket booth up to the elevator going up the observation deck and average waiting time is 30 minutes to 50 minutes before you can be at the top of the observation deck.

    There is no time limit for staying at the Observation Deck, however, it is crammed with people and 30 minutes is enough as there is not much to do at the observation deck than taking pictures, videos, buying souvenirs and using augmented reality telescopes in the observation deck.

    Upon exiting the elevator, you are now inside the Dubai Mall near the Waterfront Promenade so you can watch the Dubai Fountain Show or hang out at the cafes or go to the Dubai Mall inside or across the lake to Souk Al Bahar Mall.

    according to their website:

    'At The Top' - Burj Khalifa's Observation Deck

    The high point of any Khalifa experience is the view from At The Top, Burj Khalifa's observation deck. Located on level 124 of the world's tallest tower, this observatory is destined to be the highlight of any visit to the Middle East.

    The journey begins in the lower ground level of The Dubai Mall. Throughout the journey to the top, visitors are entertained by a multi-media presentation of the exotic history of Dubai and the marvel of Burj Khalifa.

    Take home a lasting memento of your At The Top experience. Shop at either of two At The Top boutiques: on Level 124 for ticket holders, or the publicly accessible boutique on the lower ground level of The Dubai Mall.

    Opens: 10:00 am to 1:00 am everyday

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    At The Top Observation Deck Burj Khalifa:Long Wait

    by machomikemd Written Aug 3, 2013

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    Part two of my Multi Tip pictures, this one on the waiting line and elevator ride.

    Again, like what I've said, the only access to the Burj Khalifa Tower for tourists is via the luxe Armani Hotel if you are a registered guest or is a guest of one of the rich owners of a unit of the Armani Condominium Units and Burk Khalifa Units or via the At The Top Observation Deck, which is located at the 124rth floor and is accessed via the Dubai Mall Entrance where you can buy tickets and then fall in line to the 1 minute elevator ride via 2 elevators going up and down the observation deck.

    The Observation deck is only the second highest even though the Burj Khalifa is the World's Highest Tower since the deck is located lower thant the higher observation deck of the CN Tower in Toronto (they have 2 levels in CN Tower and the 2nd level is higher than the single observation deck of the Burj Khalifa Tower.

    Tips:

    You Can buy tickets in advance online via their website but only the general admission (date and timed) and you must be there 30 minutes before the scheduled date and time of entry or they will forfeit your ticket. Admission price is AED 125 for adults and AED 85 for children below 4 years old and you can print you online ticket with the date and time of the entrance in it and show it to the ticket counter.

    You can also buy general admission tickets at their ticket counter at the dubai mall but you would end up getting tickets that are too late (example is arriving at 9:00 am and then trying to buy tickets for 10:00 am but the available ones will be 5:00 pm and above as many people buy thei tickets online in advance). If you don't want to wait for a good timed ticket, you can get ahea of line by buying the Immediate Entry Ticket but it will cost you 400 AED! (more than 3x times the regular price! both for adults and children admission prices.

    There is a long, winding line from the ticket booth up to the elevator going up the observation deck and average waiting time is 30 minutes to 50 minutes before you can be at the top of the observation deck.

    There is no time limit for staying at the Observation Deck, however, it is crammed with people and 30 minutes is enough as there is not much to do at the observation deck than taking pictures, videos, buying souvenirs and using augmented reality telescopes in the observation deck.

    Upon exiting the elevator, you are now inside the Dubai Mall near the Waterfront Promenade so you can watch the Dubai Fountain Show or hang out at the cafes or go to the Dubai Mall inside or across the lake to Souk Al Bahar Mall.

    according to their website:

    'At The Top' - Burj Khalifa's Observation Deck

    The high point of any Khalifa experience is the view from At The Top, Burj Khalifa's observation deck. Located on level 124 of the world's tallest tower, this observatory is destined to be the highlight of any visit to the Middle East.

    The journey begins in the lower ground level of The Dubai Mall. Throughout the journey to the top, visitors are entertained by a multi-media presentation of the exotic history of Dubai and the marvel of Burj Khalifa.

    Take home a lasting memento of your At The Top experience. Shop at either of two At The Top boutiques: on Level 124 for ticket holders, or the publicly accessible boutique on the lower ground level of The Dubai Mall.

    Opens: 10:00 am to 1:00 am everyday

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    At The Top Burj Khalifa: Augmented Reality

    by machomikemd Written Aug 3, 2013

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    One good thing upon being at the At The Top Observation Deck in the burj Khalifa Tower is that they have free Augmented Reality Monitors at several areas around the Deck that you can point on a particular area and then it will be shown to you in good quality.

    according to wikipedia:

    The observation deck also features the Behold Telescope, an augmented reality device developed by gsmprjct° of Montréal, which allows visitors to view the surrounding landscape in real-time, and to view previously saved images such as those taken at different times of day or under different weather conditions.[

    Augmented reality (AR) is a live, direct or indirect, view of a physical, real-world environment whose elements are augmented (or supplemented) by computer-generated sensory input such as sound, video, graphics or GPS data. It is related to a more general concept called mediated reality, in which a view of reality is modified (possibly even diminished rather than augmented) by a computer. As a result, the technology functions by enhancing one’s current perception of reality.[1] By contrast, virtual reality replaces the real world with a simulated one.[2][3] Augmentation is conventionally in real-time and in semantic context with environmental elements, such as sports scores on TV during a match. With the help of advanced AR technology (e.g. adding computer vision and object recognition) the information about the surrounding real world of the user becomes interactive and digitally manipulable. Artificial information about the environment and its objects can be overlaid on the real world.[4][5][6][7]

    You Can buy tickets in advance online via their website but only the general admission (date and timed) and you must be there 30 minutes before the scheduled date and time of entry or they will forfeit your ticket. Admission price is AED 125 for adults and AED 85 for children below 4 years old and you can print you online ticket with the date and time of the entrance in it and show it to the ticket counter.

    You can also buy general admission tickets at their ticket counter at the dubai mall but you would end up getting tickets that are too late (example is arriving at 9:00 am and then trying to buy tickets for 10:00 am but the available ones will be 5:00 pm and above as many people buy thei tickets online in advance). If you don't want to wait for a good timed ticket, you can get ahea of line by buying the Immediate Entry Ticket but it will cost you 400 AED! (more than 3x times the regular price! both for adults and children admission prices.

    There is a long, winding line from the ticket booth up to the elevator going up the observation deck and average waiting time is 30 minutes to 50 minutes before you can be at the top of the observation deck.

    There is no time limit for staying at the Observation Deck, however, it is crammed with people and 30 minutes is enough as there is not much to do at the observation deck than taking pictures, videos, buying souvenirs and using augmented reality telescopes in the observation deck.

    Upon exiting the elevator, you are now inside the Dubai Mall near the Waterfront Promenade so you can watch the Dubai Fountain Show or hang out at the cafes or go to the Dubai Mall inside or across the lake to Souk Al Bahar Mall.

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    Burj Khalifa (previously Burj Dubai)

    by MM212 Updated Nov 29, 2012
    Burj Khalifa - November 2012
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    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...

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