The Burj Khalifa, the world’s tallest freestanding skyscraper, is 2722 ft of constructed beauty and an extraordinary edifice of modern engineering. The Burj stamped its authority on the Dubai skyline in 2009 with one of the most extravagant fireworks displays to date and its been wowing tourists with its omni-picturesque elegance ever since. Builders, architects, engineers, scientists and businesses from all over the world came together to form this 163 floor assembly of hotels, apartments, restaurants, offices and viewing decks.
- Observation Deck (A Burj eye view) – Dubai is undoubtedly a city to be viewed from up above. In 1990 there was only one skyscraper bordering the edge of the desert, now in 2014 its fast approaching 500. Not to mention the collection of magnificent man-made islands and the soon to be completed biggest theme park in the world (twice the size of Disneyland, Florida). The observation deck at the top of the Burj gives an unparalleled 360 degree view of the fastest growing metropolitan city in the world with a viewing platform that shows you how the skyline looked in the past.
- At.Mosphere (high class dining) – The Burj Khalifa’s premiere restaurant is unsurprisingly high, expensive and extravagant. It holds the Guinness world record for highest restaurant in the world and boasts a head chef that has a penchant for earning Michelin stars in UK restaurants. If you don’t want to
splurge out on their lunch or evening menu, consider having some more relatively affordable afternoon tea to compliment the view.
- The Dubai Fountain – An attraction itself, The Dubai Fountain is the largest choreographed fountain in the world. Built by the minds behind the Bellagio fountains in Las Vegas, this award winning fountain can shoot up to 22,000 gallons of water into the air at once accompanied with lights and music to form an incredibly wonderful display.
- A huge collection of artwork – The Burj Khalifa contains over 1000 works of art from artists all over the world to maintain the notion that the tower is a universal achievement. The art reflects themes of global harmony and participation.
- Symbolizing nations – We need to give a hand to the Burj for this pun, intended or otherwise. The entrance lobby of the tower includes 196 cymbals meant to symbolize the 196 countries of the world. Water droplets fall from the ceiling onto the cymbals to compose light, relaxing backdrop sounds intended to mimic the sound of rain hitting leaves. The installation is called “World Voices”.
‘At The Top’ Entrance (120 mins)
The Burj Khalifa uses a pre pay system to avoid large crowds. Its heavily recommended that you pre-purchase tickets to save money.
|Adults (12+ years)||Pre-purchased tickets||AED125 (USD $34)|
|Fast track tickets||AED400 (USD $108)|
|Child (4-12 years)||Pre-Purchased tickets||AED95 (USD $25)|
|Fast track tickets||AED400 (USD $108)|
|Infant (Below 4 years)||Pre-purchased tickets||Free|
|Fast track tickets||Free|
|Visitors can stay on the observation deck for as long as they like until it closes but expect to spend between 60 and 90 minutes.|
The Dubai fountain is free to watch to the public but for extra thrills pop aboard a local abra (boat) for an inexpensive front row seat.
|Lake Ride View||AED65 (USD $18)|
|Tickets for the lake view ride can be purchased at the Dubai Mall promenade counter or on the viewing deck of the Burj Khalifa.|
Times to see the fountain
|Afternoon||1:00 pm & 1:30 pm|
|Evening||Every 30 minutes from 6pm to 11pm|
|Afternoon Tea||AED320 (USD $87)|
|A La Carte||Taster meals (5-7 courses)||AED650-900 (USD $177 – $245)|
|Starters||AED160-850 (USD $44 – $231)|
|Mains||AED300-550 (USD $82 $150)|
|Menu consists of seafood, steak dishes and a large vegetarian selection|
|Desserts||AED90-122 (USD $25 – $33)|
|A reservation is required to eat at At.Mosphere. Check the website for more complete listings|
- Go for the sunset – Unsurprisingly the most incredible time to be standing atop the world and among the stratosphere is during sunset, when the sun melts into the middle eastern desert and the city lights up. A great idea would be to spend a day in the Dubai Mall and save the Burj for last.
- Book in advance – We can’t stress this enough. Book in advance!!! The cost difference is a whopping $80 per person. You can book two days in advance but we’d recommend booking earlier to ensure you get the times you want.
- Allow yourself time – The entrance to the Burj Khalifa is cleverly hidden at the lowest point in Dubai Mall’s food court and getting there may take some figuring out. Its also a 20 minute walk from the metro to the mall. Give yourself a one hour window before your allotted time to get there and if you arrive early you can enjoy the view from the bottom (don’t hurt your neck looking up)
- Watch for fireworks – Much of the civilized world knows that before Dubai has breakfast its probably broken a world record. This was no different on new years eve 2014 when the entire city broke the world record for biggest ever firework display to date. This was a gargantuan effort and a breathtaking spectacle to view but in no way an isolated event. Every new year there is a fireworks display from the tower and there will be others soon as well. Check the events page to see if are any displays happening during your trip.
- Metro – .Take the Metro Red Line to the Burj Khalifa Station and you can see Dubai Mall. You can get there by walking across the Metro Link Bridge or taking one of the frequent feeder buses.
- Taxi – Ask any taxi driver to drop you off at the Dubai Mall. If its his first day ask him to drive towards the tallest building he can see.
- Car – Approach from Dubai along the Financial Center Road and Dubai Mall will be on the right hand side. There are spaces for cars and bikes in the underground car park.There are 14,000 available car park spaces at the Dubai Mall
- Muslims fasting for the festival of Ramadan that live in the Burj Khalifa have to break their fast three minutes later than the rest of the city because the sun takes longer to set from the top.
- The tip of the spire can be seen from as far as 95 km away.
- The tower has some of the fastest elevators in the world at speeds up to 10 meters per second. This means you will reach the observation deck in one minute from the bottom.
- The Burj Khalifa broke 7 world records the day it was opened:
– 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
- Burj means “tower” in Arabic. The ‘Khalifa’ part is to honor Sheikh Khalifa – the leader of sister city Abu Dhabi. Abu Dhabi gave financial aid to Dubai in 2009 to Khalifa and got them out of economic problems.
- The design of the tower stems from the Greek Hymenocallis flower. That translates into “beautiful membrane” in Greek.
- It took 22 million man hours, 55,000 tonnes of steel, 26,000 individually cut panes of glass and 110,000 tonnes of concrete to complete the tower.
- It takes 3 months for 36 cleaners to clean the windows of the tower. That’s a tall order!
- To avoid the possibility of running down 120 flights of stairs the designers developed the worlds first elevator system that could be used in an emergency.
- In 2014 the Burj Khalifa was involved in YET ANOTHER world record. This time for highest base jump. Daredevils Fred Fugen and Vince Reffet jumped 828 meters off the pinnacle.
You can also see the other tallest buildings in the world, with The Burj Khalifa lighting up the night skies at the end, taking the title as the tallest building in the world.