The Ultimate Guide to Visiting Burj Khalifa

Soaring into the heights of the atmosphere at 829 meters, the Burj Khalifa is the tallest edifice in existence on the planet, as of now. It took over five years to build this monstrous skyscraper, and it is now available to be viewed and appreciated as it towers over the futuristic city of Dubai. Used for residential and hotel purposes now, the building is travelled by more than 50 elevators and incorporates facets of Islamic culture and architecture in its modern design.

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So why should you go see the Burj Khalifa, and how to get there? Keep reading to find out more!

Why Go to Burj Khalifa

Constructed in 2009 and opened to the public in 2010, this incredible skyscraper gets bragging rights that are literally almost out of this world! Its incredible design truly makes it a sight to behold from the city below. However, traveling to the top gives you an absolutely incredible view of Dubai from all angles. You’ll truly have a bird’s eye view of the world, and from the outdoor observation deck you may feel as if you are flying. (We don’t recommend this for people who suffer from vertigo, as it’s a pretty dizzy experience even for the average person!)

You’ll go zooming up to the 124th, 125th, or 148th floor (depending on which ticket you purchase) in an elevator that travels at 22 mph! From there, watch over the world from a perspective that you may have never dreamed was possible. The experience is truly breathtaking! All the while you’ll be able to learn more about Dubai, its incredible skyline, and the story of this fantastically modern city.

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Viewing and standing on the tallest building in the world is now becoming a major tourist attraction for Dubai, and it’s an experience that any true traveller feels the need to be a part of at some time in their life!

How to Get to Burj Khalifa

If you are traveling in Dubai on a budget, the metro is a fantastic way to get around. Just hop off at the Burj Khalifa/Dubai Mall station and you’re about a ten-minute walk to the building itself. You also have the option to hire a taxi, which is about a half-hour ride from the airport. These are the most inexpensive options for transport in Dubai.

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View of Dubai city from the top of Burj Khalifa.

Of course, if you’re looking to treat yourself, you can ride in style to the Burj Khalifa with a private car or limousine. (In fact, if you’ve come to Dubai by plane on business or first class, you are entitled to have a driver for free to take you wherever you need to go in Dubai and back.)

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eTramping crew on top of Burj Khalifa.

Another high-class option would be to take a helicopter ride and view the city and the Burj Khalifa from the air!

How Much is Burj Khalifa?

There are two options for going up Burj Khalifa, either the ‘At the Top’ observation deck on the 124th floor or the ‘At the Top Sky’ deck on the 148th floor. The price is also dependent on the time of your visit. If visiting the 124th floor, the price is 125 AED (or about $34 USD) during off hours (8:30AM to 5:00PM, and from 7:00PM to midnight). Peak hours, between 5:30PM and 7:00PM, will cost you 200 AED (or about $54 USD) on the 124th floor.

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To travel to the 125th and 148th floor, the At the Top Sky observation deck, you will pay 350 AED (or about $95 USD) for off-hours, which are ONLY between 7:00PM until closing at midnight on this deck. Peak hours for At the Top Sky are from opening at 8:30AM until 6:00PM, and will cost you 500 AED (or about $135 USD).

Don’t forget that you need to book your tickets in advance, which you can do here. For more information about purchasing tickets and when to visit, check this blog post.

Burj Khalifa Highlights

Feeling yourself soaring upwards to a height of 452 meters is an absolutely incredible sensation. When you’re standing on the 124th floor of the tallest building in the world, you have an incredible view of Dubai below you, and a feeling of weightlessness that is almost like flying. Check out both the indoor and outdoor observation decks, and get a 360-degree view of the city below.

Of course, traveling even higher to 555 meters at the 148th floor is an experience that can never be forgotten. The experience starts in the elevator, where specially designed projections give you the sensation of soaring high above worldwide landmarks. When you step onto the observation deck high above the world below, you will be struck with how small and insignificant everything on the ground seems, and how tiny we all really are in comparison to the world around us.

This truly incredible experience cannot be explained in full details, but instead must be seen and felt personally. See for yourself why Dubai’s greatest attraction is the Burj Khalifa, and get a new perspective on the world from its incredible heights.

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Have you ever been on top of the Burj Khalifa? If so, what was your experience? Share it with us in comments!


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Agness Walewinder
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