Soaring 828m into the sky, the Burj Khalifa is the tallest building in the world and one of the greatest engineering feats of all time. Completed in 2010, the mighty tower represents the beating heart of Dubai and its brave ambitions. Burj Khalifa Panelled pierces the sky like a rocket, but the view from above reveals its true inspiration: the Hymenocallis, or spider lily, a white flower found in the desert. It was designed by Adrian Smith of Skidmore, Owings & Merrill, the team behind global architectural landmarks such as One World Trade Center and the Willis Tower.
The magnificent building is located next to The Dubai Mall and draws visitors from all over the world to catch the unmatched views from multiple observation decks or to simply look up in awe. For an unparalleled experience, head up to the aptly named At The Top and At The Top Sky on floors 124 and 125 and enjoy unique 360-degree vistas. You can purchase tickets to both observation decks online as well as on-site.
I took the opportunity to visit the Burj Khalifa: it is the tallest tower in the world with its 828m high, enough to let yourself be tempted by the adventure! I bought my ticket on the net a little week ago and I opted for the visit “at the top sky” which is a bit of a visit in VIP mode of the tower. n December 2014, I spent a few days in Dubai: I left the 5 °C of Paris for a delicious 28 °C, ideal to discover the city. I took the opportunity to visit the Burj Khalifa: it is the tallest tower in the world with its 828m high, enough to let yourself be tempted by the adventure! I bought my ticket on the net a little week ago and I opted for the visit “at the top sky” which is a bit of a visit in VIP mode of the tower. I will have to pay a little more than twice the normal rate (about 500 AED vs 200 AED) but the experience is well worth the detour!
Balcony View Of Burj Khalifa
A princely arrival
Everything begins at the arrival, where the queue for the VIP version is much less than for the classic (at first glance an hour of queue for the normal version): undeniable asset when one is an impatient like me! We are waiting a few minutes in a cozy room with oriental pastries and then we go to the lifts reserved exclusively for those who have the famous pass! For those who have chosen the ordinary ticket, the queue continues at the level of the elevators, what to comfort me in my choice!
A real balcony over Dubai
When we get to the 148th, the view is breathtaking. It is 5:15 pm, the sun goes down and the view of the city is impregnable! A slight feeling of dizziness overcame me so much that you feel like dominating the city. The inside of the building is magic: sofas and very contemporary furniture, small ovens and drinks served with a smile, all with a 360 ° view on Dubai! We can even enjoy a small terrace in the open air that allows visitors to take some pictures without reflections. On one side we can admire the sea while on the other we can imagine the desert nearby! A quiet atmosphere reigns there because there are few people (the number of places is limited) and I can take the opportunity to make multiple photos and of course to admire the landscape.
Complete Tour To Burj Khalifa
Original and entertaining animations
For a maximum fluidity, the visit time to the 148th floor is limited to 30 minutes although no one will come to dislodge us if we stay a few minutes more. I then go back down to the 125th; It is now dark and the buildings light up little by little! At the foot of the tower, the fountains show begins (in the same spirit as that of the Bellagio in Las Vegas). One of the key attractions at this level of the Burj Khalifa is the Falcon’s Eye View, which offers an aerial view of the city with some explanation.
But what struck me the most is the telescopes spread along the bay window that allows a direct view, day, night but also a historical vision of the buildings that surrounds us. It is at this moment that we realize the exponential and very recent construction of the city but also that Dubai was built on a desert!