The Burj Khalifa is probably one of the most famous buildings in the world, after all it is the tallest manmade structure to date. Unless you dislike heights or lifts I would imagine it’s the first Dubai tourist attraction you’d think of and want to do in Dubai. I know it was certainly one of the first things I thought of when planning my Dubai trip.
In this post I’ll share the things you need to know about getting tickets, what time to visit and some of the amazing views you’ll see.
Visiting the Burj Khalifa
When I first looked into visiting the Burj Khalifa I was left a little confused by the two different viewing levels. One is advertised as the tallest in the world, the other seems a little dull in comparison but then you look at the prices and the dull option seems like the better option.
Basically there are two viewing areas level 124/125 called At the top and level 148 At the top sky. The latter is a new edition and is a lounge of luxury and in my honest opinion maybe a little bit over the top. Yes it might be higher and fancier but you’re gonna be looking at the same thing anyway. At the top is exactly what you’d expect from visiting a tall building, with inside and outside viewing decks across two levels, a tacky gift shop and people who want to take your photo to sell to you.
So unless you are rolling in money, book the ‘At the top’ option.
The Burj Khalifa is open from 8:30am until 11:00pm and you can pick any o’clock or half past entry within this time. However, between 5:30pm and 7:00pm ticket prices rise. My suggestion, if you want to see sunset, is to book a 5:00pm ticket as you can stay up for as long as you want. Just be warned this is a busy time and you will be sharing the space with handfuls of other tourists, so if that isn’t your thing go later in the evening or earlier in the day.
A 5pm ticket for At the top will cost 125AED equivalent to £26.50 (at the time of writing).
If you are heading up in the summer months then be aware that haze is very common and you may not get the best view in the day time or during sunset. Dusk and night time are still pretty special though.
The Burj Khalifa is located next to Dubai mall and fountains, it can be reached via metro or taxi.
Views from the Burj Khalifa
I visited during August, so as you can see the views are a little hazy and you can’t see too far in any direction. However, as the city turned its lights on the views became even more impressive. The Burj Khalifa is great for looking down on the fountains and mall too, that iconic shot of the bright blue fountain pool is easy to get any time of the day.
Have you been to the Burj Khalifa? Did you enjoy the views?
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