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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.
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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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 changing 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 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.
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
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.
The tallest tower on Earth : Burj Khalifa
It has just been announced that the Dubai Tower is now the tallest building on earth [152.1 m. . I first saw it when it had reached 20 storeys, and now it has 141 , I think. It is still under construction and has scaffolding over it. It catches the eye as you drive through Dubai. Depending on the angle it looks sometimes tall, and sometimes only a bit taller than its neighbours.
To see what stage it is now and a plan of the finished building see the website at burjdubai.com
2014 The complex is magnificent . There is a display of dancing fountain in the evening, a huge aquarium, a traditional style suq as well as modern shops.
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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Visit the tallest tower in the world
Burj meaning Tower and Khalifa is the name of the President of the U.A.E. -- is the name given to the tallest tower in the world. It is 829.8 m tall, 2722 feet!,One can visit the 124 th floor of this towering building for a fee. If booked online the entrance fee is 130 aed per person, but if you book without a prior booking directly then it is as high as 450 aed. It is best to book for a 5 p.m. Visit so that you get to see the view from atop both in day light as well as in the night when the whole city is lit up.
There is a souvenir shop selling all kinds of memorabilia which are quite expensive. There are also plenty of opportunities to take pictures. There are professional photographers who will click pictures of you in various poses that they suggest for a fee of course !! You can view the city though a telescope that is kept there.
On New Year's Eve this building is lit up and water fountains from the towers are opened which make it a very attractive sight.
There are locker facilities at the entrance of the towers to keep your belongings safe. They do not allow you to carry eatables. Water is allowed.
Lifts that are claimed to be the fastest in the world take you up in a jiffy. The air pressure might hurt your ears and you are advised to talk or chew I order to release the pressure in the ears.
This is an exciting thing to do in Dubai no doubt!
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 / 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.
Useful links with more info:
Some of the links below may be useful:
Ensure prior on-line booking.
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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.
The World's Tallest Building
I've visited some of the tallest, and most famous skyscrapers in the world - Willis Tower in Chicago, the twin Petronas Towers in Kuala Lumpur, and the Empire State Building. All are impressive, some beautiful, but none are like the Burj Khalifa. It is a stunning building for sure - a graceful spire with a shimmering surface which blends the reflected sand and blue skies into an Arabian metaphor. But more than that it feels the entire Downtown district, possibly even the entire city, was built to make the Burj Khalifa look amazing.
From every angle in the Burj Park a lazy photographer like myself can look up and find an impressive shot. From all over the city the near kilometer high spire can be seen far above the skyline of an already sky high city. Whether you see the Burj Khalifa under the burning orb of the midday sun, the glowing embers of a desert sunset, or lit up at night with a million watts of electrical energy, it looks incredible. Even if they build something taller, it's unlikely anything will look this dramatic.
Climbing the tower is not quite as breathtaking as looking at it from beneath, mostly because Dubai just isn't that interesting a city and with an observation tower over half a kilometer up, everything just looks small. It's worth doing, just for the accomplishment, and it's relatively cheap compared to other towers in the world. It's also pretty well organised, making the inevitable queues a little more bearable. Buy your tickets online and turn up at your allotted hour. Just give yourself plenty of time because it's a long walk from the metro stop and the mall is a big and confusing place.
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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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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