From the second we booked our flights to Dubai and it was confirmed that we were definitely going I set my sights on going up the Burj Khalifa. The Burj Khalifa is the tallest building the world and has been since 2009, standing at 829.8 m (2,722ft). It is located in Downtown Dubai which is also were we were based at the Taj Dubai, meaning that every morning whilst eating breakfast we could admire it in all its glory. We arrived in Dubai on a Thursday with our tickets for the Burj Khalifa booked for the following Monday and as each day passed my excitement grew, I couldn’t wait to add it to our list of tall structures we have conquered.
We booked our tickets – Burj Khalifa 124th Floor Observation Deck Tickets through Attraction Tickets Direct before we took our trip (from £24 per person). We picked our date and time and received our e-ticket which needed to be printed prior to our visit. When we arrived at the ticket desk at the base of the Burj Khalifa which is located in the Dubai Mall, on the lower ground floor. It soon became obvious what a good idea pre-booking was as the availability board flashed ‘limited availability’ and ‘full’ for a number of time slots, especially at sunset (peak time) between 6.00pm and 8.00pm. This wasn’t a problem for us; we simply handed over our e-ticket which was replaced with an actual ticket.
Not only does the Burj Khalifa hold the record for being the tallest building in the world (at the moment) but it also holds the record for having the fastest elevator in the world too, shooting you up 124 floors to ‘At The Top’ in less than 60 seconds, prepare yourself for your ears to ‘pop’! Once at the 124th floor we headed straight out onto the observation deck.
To be honest we couldn’t see that far due to the haze engulfing Dubai because of the heat. We could just make out the Burj Al Arab (the famous sail shaped building). However, we did get amazing views of the Dubai Fountain below (visit between 6.00pm and 11.00pm to see a show which are held every 30 minutes) and Downtown Dubai. Because the number of tickets sold for each time slot are limited it meant that it was not super packed up there, giving us plenty of time to look and take in our surrounding scenery.
We wandered around the floor taking in the 360 degree views through the floor to ceiling windows. On the floor we also found plenty of telescopes which gave glimpses of Dubai in the past, present and even future together with a number of multimedia exhibits and of course a gift shop. It did surprise me that there wasn’t a café or somewhere to grab a drink up there, unless there was and we simply missed it?
So all in all from entering the elevator to getting back down again took approximately 40 minutes. Once you have seen the views from up there it is easy to see why it is the number 1 thing to do in Dubai.
- Operating hours – Daily: 08.00 to 00.30
- Operating hours during Ramadan (6th Jun – 5th Jul 16) – Daily: 10.00 – 1.00
We could have gone higher to ‘At The Top SKY’ which is located on level 148 by paying a supplement at the ticket desk upon entry. We chose not to go higher due to the weather conditions on the day.
- Attraction Tickets Direct provided tickets on a complimentary basis in exchange for honest review.