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    Dubai Mall

    by mikey_e Written Nov 28, 2012
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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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    Gold Souq

    by mikey_e Written Nov 28, 2012
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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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    The Aquarium

    by mikey_e Written Nov 28, 2012
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    What can I say – it’s an aquarium. And it’s inside a mall. The two statements together pretty much sum up the totality of this experience. In truth, I have never been a bit fan of aquaria, although they can certainly be educational and informative. This particular one is not, as it is on the lower level of Dubai Mall, and while it contains an information centre, its main purpose is not exactly to encourage an understanding of the sea or conservation of our natural resources. Nonetheless, it’s a big hit with children, especially the shark tunnel.

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    Burj Khalifa

    by mikey_e Written Nov 28, 2012
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    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.

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    Bahar Souq

    by mikey_e Written Nov 28, 2012
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    Souq Bahar (Sea Souq) is an adjunct to Dubai Mall and is next to the Burj Khalifa. It is a cute, small souq that specializes in what my be termed as "traditional" products from the Gulf. Many of the things here are not actually produced in the Gulf (you may find some pearls or perfumes that are), but everything is decorated in a faux-Arab style and the entire complex is given the air of an old time souq. It is a nice break from the commmercialist hedonism of Dubai Mall, although not quite far from it.

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    Burj Khalifa

    by leffe3 Written Jul 9, 2012
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    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).

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    View from the top

    by leffe3 Updated Jul 15, 2012
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    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 :)

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    Shiekh Zayed Road View from Burj Khalifa

    by machomikemd Written Aug 2, 2013
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    This will be my Tips with pictures of the Shiekh Zayed Road (E-11) with photos from the 12rth floor of the Burj Khalifa Tower with really powerful opical zoom cameras.

    E-11 Road is the longest road of the United Arab Emirates and it stretches from The Abu Dhabi to Ras Al Khaimah Emirate. It has several names, depending on the emirate that it straddles through like the Shiekh Maktoum Road in Abu Dhabi and Shiekh Zayed Road in Dubai Emirate.

    This tip is one the Shiekh Zayed Road Section of the E-11 Road. The Shiekh Zayed Road section of the E-11 road is the main road of Dubai and it's starts at the Trade Center Roundabout in Bur Dubai to Jebel Ali District at the Border of Abu Dhabi (where it becomes the Shiekh Maktoum Road) and in this road you will see many of the Different Architectural Sky Scrapers of Dubai, like the Burj Khalifa, Emirates Towers, Mall of the Emirates, Ibn Batuta Mall, Dubai Metro Overground Tracks and more. this road section in Dubai stretches for 34 miles from (55 kilometers) from end to end.

    According to wikipedia:

    The Sheikh Zayed Road is home to most of Dubai's skyscrapers, including the Emirates Towers and the Burj Khalifa. The highway also connects other new developments such as the Palm Jumeirah, Dubai Marina and Dubai Waterfront. The road has most of the Red Line of Dubai Metro running alongside it.

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    Sheikh Zayed Road has several interchanges to enable traffic to go on and off the highway. These interchanges commonly lead to roundabouts (rotaries) to enable traffic to exit or to go to the other side of the highway. There are many other exits although they are not as well equipped. As of 2007, the interchanges are:
    World Trade Centre Roundabout: Towards Union House, BurJuman, Zabeel Park
    Interchange 1: Financial Centre Road Street interchange towards Downtown Dubai, Burj Khalifa and Dubai Mall
    Interchange 2: Towards Hadiqa Rd, Safa Park and Jumeirah on the west; and Meydan Rd towards Meydan on east.
    Interchange 3: Towards Al Quoz through Manara Rd on east.
    Interchange 4: Towards Mall of the Emirates, Gold & Diamond Park, Madinat Jumeirah, Burj Al Arab, Wild Wadi Water Park, Jumeirah Beach Hotel through Umm Suqeim Rd.
    Interchange 5: Towards Dubai Marina, Emirates Hills, Dubai Media City and Dubai Internet City

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    Armani Hotel in Burj Khalifa Tower

    by machomikemd Updated Aug 3, 2013
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    The Armani Hotel was the site of the Dubai escapade of Ethan Hawke (Tom Cruise) in Dubai if you watched Mission Impossible 4. The Armani Hotel Entrance is located differently from the At The Top Observation Deck entrance in Dubai Mall. You have to walk across the street for 800 meters (1/2 mile) to the other side of the Burj Khalifa Tower to enter the armani hotel and our taxi driver dropped us off there instead of the Obvervation Deck Entrance at the Other side, hence we have picture of the front of it but is not allowed to enter the luxe hotel as ony check in guests are allowed to enter there.

    according to their website:

    Soaring high above Downtown Dubai in the iconic Burj Khalifa, the world’s tallest building, Armani Hotel Dubai is the world’s first hotel designed and developed by Giorgio Armani. Reflecting the pure elegance, simplicity and sophisticated comfort that define Armani’s signature style, the hotel is the realisation of the designer’s long-held dream to bring his sophisticated style to life in the most complete way and offer his customers a Stay with Armani experience. Every detail in the hotel bears the Armani signature, beginning with the warm Italian-style hospitality and moving to each element of the design from the Eramosa stone floors to the zebrawood panels, bespoke furnishings and personally designed hotel amenities.

    Sophisticated colors, clean lines and unique textures blend together seamlessly with the tower’s stunning architecture and natural light to create an atmosphere of calm serenity where guests can retreat into a world of minimalist elegance.

    Nestled in the world’s tallest tower, occupying the concourse level to level 8 and levels 38 and 39, Armani Hotel Dubai offers sweeping views of the city. With its own dedicated entrance to the tower, it is easily accessible within walking distance to the world’s largest mall and some of the region’s most exclusive leisure and business outlets.

    The hotel features:
    •24 Armani Studio rooms
    •54 Armani Classic rooms
    •26 Armani Premiere rooms
    •4 Armani Premiere rooms with Balcony
    •26 Armani Suites
    •2 Armani Suites with Balcony
    •12 Armani Executive Suites
    •3 Armani Ambassador Suites
    •3 Armani Ambassador Suites with Balcony
    •5 Armani Signature Suites
    •1 Armani Dubai Suite

    Dine:
    Armani Hotel features eight restaurants offering a wide choice of world cuisines ranging from Japanese and Indian to Mediterranean and authentic fine-dining Italian. The impressive culinary options reflect the cosmopolitan nature of the city.

    Shop:
    Armani Hotel guests can take home part of the Armani lifestyle experience with carefully selected products from the designers’ unique in-house retail outlets.

    ARMANI / DOLCI:
    Armani/Dolci offers a sweet selection of biscuits and chocolates, petits fours, biscotti and more, all bearing the unmistakable Armani signature.

    ARMANI / FIORI:
    Armani/Fiori features fresh flower arrangements and exclusively designed vases by Giorgio Armani. The vases’ quintessential designs follow the fluid shapes of the flowers themselves. Delight in the signature flower: a simple yet elegant white rose.

    ARMANI / Galleria:
    Armani/Galleria presents haute-couture fashion accessories from the Giorgio Armani Prive’ collection. It’s the first and only place in Dubai where the exclusive collection is available.

    Relax:
    An oasis of peace and tranquility in the heart of a bustling city, the 12,000 square feet Armani/SPA reflects the Armani lifestyle and design philosophies, offering beautiful unique spaces and outstanding service for individually personalized treatments, personal fitness, sequential thermal bathing, creative spa cuisine, or simply private and social relaxation.

    ARMANI / Events:
    Whether a once-in-a-lifetime occasion or high-profile business conference, events at the Armani Hotel provide an elegant and tasteful setting. The hotel offers a luxurious ballroom seating up to 450 people; a stunning outdoor pavilion area overlooking The Dubai Fountain; a charming Majlis offering an Arabic style meeting room, and several meeting lounges and boardrooms.

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    Views of Burj Khalifa

    by machomikemd Written Aug 3, 2013
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    This tip will be on the different views of the Burj Khalifa from different photos with many angles.

    We All know that the Burj Khalifa is the Tallest Building in the world, but the only public access for the tourists like us is only the At The Top Observatory at the 124rth floor or at the Armani Hotel, located at the other side. Unless you are invited by a rich friend owning one of the different condominium units in the tower or you have official business on one of the Offices of the Emaar Properties Group in the Tower, then you can not enter other areas of the Burj Khalifa Tower.

    according to their website:

    Bringing Burj Khalifa to life required a combination of visionary ideals and solid science. In the process, the project amassed an awe-inspiring number of facts, figures, and statistics.

    World Records

    At over 828 metres (2,716.5 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

    Tallest of the Supertall

    Not only is Burj Khalifa the world’s tallest building, it has also broken two other impressive records: tallest structure, previously held by the KVLY-TV mast in Blanchard, North Dakota, and tallest free-standing structure, previously held by Toronto’s CN Tower. The Chicago-based Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat (CTBUH) has established 3 criteria to determine what makes a tall building tall. Burj Khalifa wins by far in all three categories.

    Height to architectural top
    Height is measured from the level of the lowest, significant, open-air, pedestrian entrance to the architectural top of the building. This includes spires, but does not include antennae, signage, flagpoles or other functional-technical equipment. This measurement is the most widely used and is used to define the Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat rankings of the Tallest Buildings in the World.

    Highest occupied floor
    Height is measured from the level of the lowest, significant, open-air, pedestrian entrance to the highest continually occupied floor within the building. Maintenance areas are not included.

    Height to tip
    Height is measured from the level of the lowest, significant, open-air, pedestrian entrance to the highest point of the building, irrespective of material or function of the highest element. This includes antennae, flagpoles, signage and other functional-technical equipment.

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    At The Top Burj Khalifa: Outside Viewing Deck

    by machomikemd Written Aug 3, 2013
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    Part three of my Multi Tip pictures, this one on the Outside Viewing Deck

    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: Inside Viewing Deck

    by machomikemd Written Aug 3, 2013
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    Part four of my Multi Tip pictures, this one on the Inside Viewing Deck

    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:Using Powerful Zoom Camera

    by machomikemd Written Aug 3, 2013

    If you are at the At the Top Observation Deck in the Burj Khalifa and even if you use the augmented reality telescopes provided for free at the tower to see distant landmarks from the Tower, like the world palm islands or the jumeirah beaches or the burj al arab or even the palm islands and Atlantis or the Dubai International Airport and Dubai Creek, then you must have a powerful optical zoom camera! not the bulky telephoto DSLR camera ok! that's where the Canon powershot SX 50 camera and the pocket ultrazoom cameras come in! so you can take photos and videos from far away. i know, the quality of DLSR is better, but are you willing to bring a large luggage to tag along the observation deck so that you can have a 400 to 600 mm telephoto DLSR lens to take pictures or videos? I don't think so!

    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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    At The Top Burj Khalifa:Using Powerful Zoom Camera

    by machomikemd Written Aug 3, 2013
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    If you are at the At the Top Observation Deck in the Burj Khalifa and even if you use the augmented reality telescopes provided for free at the tower to see distant landmarks from the Tower, like the world palm islands or the jumeirah beaches or the burj al arab or even the palm islands and Atlantis or the Dubai International Airport and Dubai Creek, then you must have a powerful optical zoom camera! not the bulky telephoto DSLR camera ok! that's where the Canon powershot SX 50 camera and the pocket ultrazoom cameras come in! so you can take photos and videos from far away. i know, the quality of DLSR is better, but are you willing to bring a large luggage to tag along the observation deck so that you can have a 400 to 600 mm telephoto DLSR lens to take pictures or videos? I don't think so!

    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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    Visit the tallest tower in the world

    by vpas Written Mar 27, 2014

    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!

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