Ride the Lift to the Top of Burj Khalifa
The Burj Khalifa is a shining monument to modern design, engineering and money is the dazzling showpiece of downtown Dubai - and for many riding the lift to the top of the tower is high on their travel bucket list.
The Empire State Building, CN Tower, Petronas towers, pah! At 828 metres high with 160 shimmering storeys, Burj Khalifa is now the tallest building in the world. This shining monument to modern design, engineering and money is the dazzling showpiece of downtown Dubai.
The Rise of Burj Khalifa, Dubai
Dubai's ruler, His Highness Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, has played a large part in the Emirate's rapid rise as a global travel destination, encouraging his people to 'reach for the stars'. Literally, when it comes to the creators of Burj Khalifa who consider him a great inspiration. They see their soaring tower as an emblem of the prosperous Middle East, and the Arab contribution to contemporary science and art.
It certainly is some achievement, taking six years to complete and 22 million man-hours provided by an international workforce. There are hundreds of thousands of tonnes of concrete and thousands of tonnes of steel, aluminium and glass here, providing dramatic city, desert and ocean views. As well as the observation decks on floors 125 and 148, Burj Khalifa contains a fine dining restaurant, luxury apartments, offices, hotels, a health club and park.
A mecca for the moneyed elite and wannabes across the globe, Dubai isn't everyone's cup of tea; but climbing this feat of engineering at 10 metres a second to gaze across the Persian Gulf is definitely a bucket-list-worthy experience.
Best Time to Visit Burj Khalifa
Dubai is busiest during our winter (November to April) when the weather is less hot and humid than other times of year. During Ramadan (June/July) visitors are expected to adhere to the strict eating and drinking rules too and it can be very quiet - which could be an advantage.
Sunset is by far the most popular time to visit the tallest building in the world. In a few short hours you can get daytime, sunset and night-time views. If this is what you want, check the sunset times for your date and book a ticket for an earlier time slot to allow for any delays getting up there. You will be given an allotted arrival slot, but can stay as long as you like once there.
Avoid missing out on your preferred time (and get a cheaper rate) by pre-booking your 'At The Top' Burj Khalifa tickets online. Arrive in plenty of time as there will be lots of queuing, even with advance tickets. The Dubai Mall where you enter is also quite a confusing place!
The floor-to-ceiling glass walls and open air terrace on the observation decks will grant you spectacular views from every angle. There are multimedia presentations and augmented reality telescopes too. You can also rent an audio tour or speak to one of the helpful guest assistants for more information.
Reach Dizzying Heights at Burj Khalifa
To really do the Burj Khalifa experience to the max, book a table (well in advance) at At.mosphere Restaurant and Lounge on level 122 of the tower. You'll be able to enjoy some serious fine dining and awesome panoramas of Dubai and the surrounding landscapes.
Want to pop the question in Dubai? Pretty sure she or he will say yes? Then consider the special proposal package which includes two tickets to the observation deck, a photographer and souvenir images, desserts, cake, red roses and sparkling apple juice with added gold flakes!
And while you're at it, why not finish off the whole extravaganza with a Dubai Fountain Lake Ride - a Vegas-style water-based experience where you can get great photos of Burj Khalifa and Downtown Dubai after dark. Another popular spot for photos of the tower and Dubai's skyline is Business Bay.
If you just want to avoid the queues, buy a limited availability fast track ticket at the Dubai Mall ticket counter on the day of your visit - for a premium of course.