I would like to take you on a fascinating journey to the Burj Khalifa – the tallest building in the world since 2008. We landed in Dubai for the first time in early February 2017 during our engagement journey being our first long-haul journey at once. I was awestruck when I saw the Burj Khalifa and the whole of Dubai from the plane. The highest building in the world rises up the Dubai skyline as a vast needle. This is definitely the most prominent building in the whole region.
Visiting the Burj Khalifa was the part of Dubai stopover journey, which will be described in the future. Before you decide to visit the highest building in the world from the top you have to book a visit from this website. The prices are varied from 37 USD for level 128 (452 m altitude) to 100 USD for level 148 (584m altitude). We decided to choose a cheaper option.
To describe in a few words the history of this prodigious building I can say that it is very short. Construction of the Burj Khalifa began in 2004 and finished in 2009. The building was opened in 2010 as part of a new development called Downtown Dubai. The Burj Khalifa’s total height is almost 830 m.
The Burj Khalifa is designated to be a mixed-use development building with residential, commercial, cultural and institutional uses. The design of the Burj Khalifa derives from the Islamic architecture of the region. The shape of Burj Khalifa derives partially from the Malviya Tower, which is a spiralling cone. The Burj Khalifa has been built on a Y-shaped tripartite. This floor geometry is designated to optimize residential and hotel space. A buttressed central core and wings are used to support the height of the building. Burj Khalifa’s central core houses all vertical transportation with the exception of egress stairs within each of the wings (William, Pawlowski 2017). The Burj Khalifa includes 30,000 homes, 9 hotels and 3 hectares of parkland. The weight of Burj Khalifa is equal to 100,000 elephants!
The easiest way to reach the Burj Khalifa from DXB airport is the metro. You can enter it easily from the airport and go around 10 stops to Burj Khalifa/ Dubai Mall Station. Next, you must go to the Dubai Mall, which is the main entrance to the Burj Khalifa. Remember, that Dubai Mall is the biggest mall in the world, so it takes a while to walk around. Follow the signs to reach the main entrance quickly.
We entered the Burj Khalifa directly from the Dubai Mall. Our slot was at 12 p.m. To be honest, I was pretty disappointed seeing a long queue, that was curved outside to the corridor.
Unfortunately, the Burj Khalifa is the place, that likewise like many others around the Globe suffers from terrible tourist traffic. We had to wait nearly 30 minutes to get inside the lift. I think, that the luggage policy extended the queue. Everyone had to lock his own bag and due to this crowd, it took a lot of time.
Unlike queue progress, the lift in Burj Khalifa is extremely fast, so we reached the top right now. There were a lot of people enjoying the view. I was worried, that our slot would be limited due to high tourist traffic, but fortunately, we could spend more time there.
I can say that the awesome view from the top rewarded previous waiting in the queue. The observation deck (at least the lower one) is divided into two opposite pieces. You can see the whole of Dubai from there.
My goal was to see something more than Dubai. One of the highest observation decks in the world (the higher one is the highest) offers you further vistas like the Abu Dhabi skyline or even the Zagros mountains in Iran (Pic. 12).
Unfortunately, dusty weather verified my plans quickly and I could barely see the Dubai Marina skyscrapers. Each object captured from a distance was veiled by dusty air, which washed the scene effectively. See in the photos below what exactly you can see from Burj Khalifa.
There are at least a few virtual panoramas from the Burj Khalifa observation deck, however, they are not detailed enough in my opinion, especially for remote vistas. I would like to show you below long lens photos below presenting some interesting places. Unfortunately, a big dust concentration made these pictures quite faint, although these remote objects remain still visible.
We spent on the Burj Khalifa top deck around 45 minutes and then headed further towards Dubai Downtown. If visibility conditions could be better I would stay there longer. Anyway no longer than 1,5 hours, because our sightseeing plan was tightened. I will say more in the forthcoming article about our whole stopover trip in Dubai.
The Burj Khalifa visit included also a coffee on the observation deck, although it was not possible to do it there. We really regretted it, because there is probably nothing better than drinking coffee on the top of the highest building in the world. We could do this… just under the Burj Khalifa. Right after leaving the lift, we were invited for coffee with a view of the Burj Khalifa fountains.
Despite some inconveniences, that we encountered during our visit I still highly recommend being on the observation deck of the tallest building in the world. I repeat once again, that the full article about visiting Dubai during a stopover will be released soon.
- Baker F.W., Pawlikowski J.J., 2012, Higher and higher: The evolution of the buttressed core, (in:) Civil engineering
- Burj Khalifa main page
- Burj Khalifa – observation deck tickets
- 360 deg panorama view from the World tallest building!
- Telegraph.co.uk:Eagle cam captures a flight from the top of Burj Khalifa in Dubai
- Fun facts about the Burj Khalifa
- Seeing two sunsets from the Burj Khalifa on the same day!