The Burj Khalifa is one of the main places to see in Dubai, and it is so impressive that you can even see it from the plane! Do you want to know the highest restaurant and viewpoint in the world? Well, you can enjoy that and more by visiting this spectacular building, for which you can book your tickets in advance.
A fact to keep in mind is that from this building is performed the best fireworks show at the end of the year, so this may be one of the best times to travel to Dubai. Next, I’ll tell you a little more about what you can see and do inside the Burj Khalifa.
The At The Top observation deck, located on the 124th and 125th floors of the Burj Khalifa, for which you can purchase your tickets starting today. You will literally see the city at your feet, as they are 452 and 456 meters high.
On the 124th floor, you’ll have access to state-of-the-art telescopes to observe the scenery even better. And on the 125th floor, you will find the largest open space in the building, from where you will have the best panoramic views of the city. The best thing is that there is no time limit, you can enjoy the views, take pictures and videos for as long as you want.
Of course, if you go in high season it may be difficult to stick to the glass to get better visibility. Due to the large number of daily visits to this skyscraper, it is recommended that you purchase your tickets in advance.
SKY luxury lounge, gives you access to the 148th floor of the building, some 555 meters high with a guided tour that you can book here.
SKY opened on January 5, 2010 and was the highest observation deck in the world. In order to reduce a little the influx of daily visits, the administration gives the option to buy tickets for a specific day and time. The tour of this floor only lasts 30 minutes, but there is less flow of people, so you can better enjoy the space and the atmosphere.
From this floor you can see the shores of Iran, that is if the tide is low and the views are good. You also have the opportunity to enjoy the sunsets from this floor. You can buy your tickets for the Burj Khalifa from now, to access the floors of At The Top (124th, 125th floors) and SKY (148th floor).
When you enter this wonderful restaurant you find endless exquisite dishes, you can order a snack, a light lunch or a luxurious dinner. Their menu includes the best dishes of European food. Among the most recommended are the wagyu tenderloins, oysters or foie gras. Note this fact, in the New Year’s Eve party offers a fireworks show like no other, making this one of the best times to travel to Dubai.
Enjoy a dinner at the height of the clouds, in an atmosphere that exudes elegance. Remember that the time of sunset is when there are more people. So if you want to go at that time it is best to go earlier to reserve a table to enjoy the views of the city skyline and the Persian Gulf in the background.
It is important to book in advance, whether you go to the cafeteria or the restaurant, so you do not have any inconvenience to find a table.
At the entrance of the Burj Khalifa you will first be put in a waiting room while the rest of the group arrives. When you enter the elevators, the magic begins, and this is undoubtedly one of the main things to see in Dubai.
This building has 57 elevators, one of them runs 504 meters high. The fastest one travels at the speed of 10 meters per second, which is equal to 35 kilometers per hour.
The two-story elevators have LCD screens that you use to entertain yourself as you go up to the observation deck. They also project images on their walls showing other famous buildings around the world that are surpassed in height as the elevator rises.
At the Burj Khalifa you will find the first Armani branded hotel on its first 39 floors. The famous designer Giorgio Armani conceived this magnificent luxury hotel. It has suites from 45 to 390 square meters in area, are fully soundproofed, air-conditioned and equipped.
Some rooms have balconies overlooking the Persian Gulf and the Dubai Fountain. The largest suites can measure about 390 meters, with a sitting area, private bar and dressing room.
If you like risk and adrenaline, the Burj Khalifa is a real gem for skydiving.
Not long after its inauguration, some people entered as simple tourists and ended up jumping illegally. But it has been allowed to do so for a long time now, obviously, it is necessary to follow all the safety rules.
Although this mall is not located inside the Burj Khalifa, if I have to talk a little bit about it. Because, to enter the skyscraper, you need to go through this famous mall.
This mall opened at the end of 2008 and has more than 1200 stores. In addition, it is connected to the subway at the station called Burj Khalifa Dubai 1.
This complex has a fountain at one end that resembles diving in full fall, the effect of water is especially striking. There is also a professional-sized ice rink where field hockey games are played, but it is also open to the public.
The new Bar Lounge of the luxury hotel at the Burj Khalifa is 575 meters high, and exudes luxury and elegance. This is a bar, lounge and concert hall that occupies three floors, between floors 152 and 154.
The Bar has a terrace from where you can better appreciate the sunsets of the city. This place is also serviced by the Armani Hotel and offers a wide variety of dishes and entertainment. The Lounge offers three main attractions:
- Tea in the clouds: you can sit on the lounge’s plush and comfortable sofas and indulge in their fresh pastries and desserts. These you accompany with a high selection of teas and coffees, and an outdoor stroll on the terrace.
- Bubbly Sundowner: Enjoy a wonderful view of the sunset accompanied by a refreshing drink and gourmet canapés.
- Cocktails under the stars: Have the best romantic date with live music and DJ, tasting the best cocktails and gourmet canapés.
Access to The Lounge is through the lobby of the Armani Hotel, but if you go first to the At The Top observation deck, there is also entrance through there.
These fountains are located right in front of the Burj Khalifa, you can see them free of charge and they are very popular. Due to the large crowd of people that go there, I recommend you arrive about 20 minutes early to see the show which lasts about 5 minutes. If you are walking around Dubai at night you can’t miss this show.
The show is wonderful, it uses lights in different colors both on the water and on the Burj Khalifa. In addition, you can listen to music in the background that gives an even more special touch to the atmosphere.
And it is an even more spectacular experience if you see it from above, on the floor of the At The Top Sky observer in the skyscraper.
The structure of the Burj Khalifa is inspired by a flower called “Hymenocallis”, which is typical in the Dubai region. This flower has the ability to adapt to tropical climates and has very long petals. Because of this, the Burj Khalifa has a Y-shaped base, with several Y-shaped elements around the central point.
Its interior design was by Nada Andric, who used polished stone, stainless steel, glass and rock floors. These components were carefully employed to simulate local decorations. The skyscraper also features a variety of artwork.
The Burj Khalifa is three times the size of the Eiffel Tower, so you can get an idea of how tall it is. You can even see it from 100 kilometers away if the day is clear. This building is covered with 26,000 glass panels that are designed to withstand the heat of Dubai’s summer.
Its name was originally going to be “Burj Dubai” which means “Dubai Tower”. At the last minute the name was changed to honor the president of the United Arab Emirates: Khalifa bin Zayed al Nahayan.
If you want to watch the sunset from the Burj Khalifa, I recommend you to find out the sunset times at that time of the year. Sunset times vary depending on the month. Sunrise in winter also offers the most spectacular views, you can book your ticket for Fridays and Saturdays.
Although you can buy tickets from the building itself, you will hardly find tickets available for the same day. So it is best to buy online before you make your trip, or one or two days before.
To get to the Burj Khalifa you have several options, the fastest and most comfortable is a cab. Depending on the area where you are staying, the trip can have a price equivalent to about 10 €. You can also take the red metro line to the Burj Khalifa / Dubai Mall station.
You can also book a pass for one of the best tourist buses in Dubai that will drop you at the entrance of the Burj Khalifa, and the best thing is that you will make a tour of the rest of the city.
This city has many attractions just as impressive as the Burj Khalifa, you can join the best tours and excursions from Dubai so you do not miss anything.
It is definitely worth paying to enter and see the Burj Khalifa from above and admire the whole imposing city from above. Being one of the main attractions in Dubai, you will have to wait in line, but they move pretty fast. There they offer entertainment and even refreshments while you wait.
The 124th floor of At The Top includes gift stores and everything, also cameras connected to touch screens. On them you can zoom in to the floor and see what’s going on below in real time.
They offer an audio tour to detail the engineering and architectural process, although it’s the views that always get all the limelight. So, if you want to know what it feels like to be in the tallest building in the world and feel like you’re in the clouds, be sure to visit the Burj Khalifa.
But if you want to risk a little more and live a less luxurious experience, but equally or more exciting, you can take tours to the desert of Dubai.