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Burj Khalifa At the Top | Dubai Skyline from the World’s Tallest Building

Standing 828 meters above ground, Burj Khalifa currently holds the record for the tallest building in the world.



The Burj Khalifa in Dubai, UAE


There is no doubt that the Burj Khalifa is stunning. It is one of Dubai's remarkable structures that attract many visitors for its towering height and splendor.


 Andrey Khrobostov Burj Khalifa tower from afar
The Burj Khalifa from afar | Photo from Andrey Khrobostov

It may be known for its extravagance, but the skyscraper is, more importantly, an architecture and engineering feat. The amount of effort and collaboration that went into building the dream is astounding if you think about it.


Another thing that makes it appealing is the idea it symbolizes- the possibility of reaching lofty aspirations.


Today, I’m taking you to the observatory inside Burj Khalifa- not inside the hotel, but on the viewing decks.


"At the Top" Burj Khalifa tickets

Address: 1 Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Blvd - Downtown Dubai, United Arab Emirates

Where to Get Tickets for "At the Top" | Baggage Counter


You can purchase tickets from Cobone, Headout, or Klook (see link below).


If you happen to be in Dubai Mall and want to book the experience, no problem. They accept walk-ins. It’s better to get your tickets online, though.


Dubai Mall | Ticketing station |  At theTop, Burj Khalifa
Klook | Tickets to Burj Khalifa "At the Top" Observation Deck

There’s a baggage counter where you can leave your shopping bags.


How to Get There


Just go to Dubai Mall to get to Burj Khalifa. The entrance to the ticketing station is on the lower ground floor. The landmark is the souvenir store near the pharmacy and the restroom (Al Jaber Gallery).


The View from the World’s Tallest Building


The view from Burj Khalifa gives you a larger picture of the city from a higher point.


View from "At the Top" Burj Khalifa in Dubai, UAE | 124th floor

“At the Top” The Experience


Getting in was easy because we booked online (the passes were on our phone, and the tickets were ready to claim). However, the line heading to the elevator ride was long. There were many touring groups that day, and we had to be patient.


"At the Top" Burj Khalifa in Dubai, UAE
The view from "At the Top" observatory in Burj Khalifa in Dubai, UAE

Once we reached Level 124, we immediately rushed to the only spot left. It was hazy when we arrived at the deck, so we walked around first before taking photos and going to the next floor.


"At the Top" Burj Khalifa | Memento Vivere | A Lifestyle Blog by Andi | Asia

Level 125 is where you can find the souvenir shop, The Cafe, the photo station, the simulated walkway, and the tower viewers.


The Cafe at Burj Khalifa, Dubai | UAE

You can stay there for as long as you like.


After the elevator ride and as you exit, you will see small seating areas with screens on the side (not in photos). It's where you can sit and watch short interviews of those who partook in Burj Khalifa's planning, development, and construction.


There is also a section where you can stop by and learn how the tower is maintained (light, ventilation, waste management processes, and more).


Burj Khalifa "At the Top" Travel blog UAE
At the Top, Burj Khalifa | Dubai, UAE travel blog

Is it worth the hype?


I would say yes (because it's still, after all, the tallest in the world), but it's something I would have been okay to miss. I am impressed with the superstructure, but as for the experience, I had more fun at Sky Views Observatory.


Burj Khalifa "At the Top" Dubai blog review
View from "At the Top" Burj Khalifa at night | Dubai, UAE

Others

  • Fast track passes are available for those who want to skip the lines;

  • There are other options aside from the "At the Top" observatory. Burj Khalifa also offers guests the experience to enjoy the highest lounge in the world (Levels 152, 153, and 154). Of course, this is way more expensive- ideal for those who have the money to spend and like VIP services;

  • While you’re there, you can watch the lights and sound fountain show for free (Dubai Mall).


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