Must Visit Places in Dubai - Burj Khalifa and Dubai Mall
Burj Khalifa stands tall in the center of Downtown Dubai. Downtown Dubai offers the very best of shopping, entertainment, outdoor and indoor recreation centers, parks, residences, and open spaces dotted with lakes and spectacular water features.
The Burj Khalifa in Dubai, U.A.E, is the tallest building in the world. It towers at over 828 meters (2,716.5 feet) and more than 160 stories high. The Burj Khalifa has a “Y” shaped plan with wings allowing maximum outward views. This plan also allows a great amount of sunlight to penetrate the building.
The Burj Khalifa has a central core with three elements arranged around it. This triple-lobed footprint of the building was inspired by the plant Hymenocalis.
The crowning glory of Burj Khalifa is the telescopic spire which is made up of 4,000 tons of structural steel. This spire was constructed from inside the building and jacked up to full height of over 200 meters using a hydraulic pump.
The spire looks as though it is reaching out towards the sky and is an integral part of the completion of this awe-inspiring landmark – “The Burj Khalifa”.
Inside the Burj Khalifa
At the Top – Observation deck on 124th level
Atmosphere Burj Khalifa – Fine Dining Restaurant on level 122
The Residence –900 Burj Khalifa residences
The Corporate Suites – 37 office floors
Armani Residences Dubai – 144 private residences
The Park – 11 hectares, six water features
Underground parking spaces – 3000
The Club – 4 storey fitness and recreation annex.
At the Top
“At The Top” is the observation deck on the 124th floor. It is the third highest observation deck in the world at 452 meters. The observation deck features the "Behold Telescope" which allows visitors to view the surrounding landscape.The deck has shops where you can shop for mementos.
A high-speed elevator takes you to the observation deck. Throughout the journey to the Top a multimedia presentation about Dubai and Burj Khalifa is played in the elevator. Entry tickets for the observation deck "At the Top" can be bought at the entrance on the ground floor of Dubai Mall.
Burj Khalifa Park
The Burj Khalifa Park is a 27 acre park which has six water features, garden palms, walkways and flowering trees. The design of this park is also inspired by the Hymenocalis flower.
The Dancing Fountains
The Dancing Dubai Mall Fountain is just outside the Burj Khalifa. It is a dancing tale of shooting musical water fountains. This water fountain is illuminated by 6,600 lights and 50 colored projectors. It is 275 m long and shoots water up to 150 m high up into the air with music playing in the background.
Dubai Dancing Fountain
Shopping in Dubai Mall
Dubai Mall is the largest mall in the world with 12.91 Sq foot area. Dubai Mall showcases the latest and the very best of fashion trends and designer labels.
You will find the famous Galeries Lafayette, America's trendy Bloomingdales and many well-known designer labels. Dubai Mall has something for everyone be it, boutiques, children wear, Arabic Fashions, Book Stores, electronic items, jewelry, gift shops, watches, health and beauty products, sportswear and much more.
You can enjoy eating at the very best of restaurants and treat yourself to gourmet delights. There are many coffee shops where you can sit down and relax taking in the breathtaking view of the Burj Khalifa.
The Golden Souk is situated in the center of Dubai Mall. It recreates the magic of a traditional Arabic Souk. The Golden Souk has over 220 gold retailers selling beautiful designer gold jewelry.
Souk Al Bahar
The Souk Al Bahar has over 100 shops with a wide selection ranging from the traditional lifestyle to the modern lifestyle items. It has more than 22 restaurants and cafes. Some of these restaurants face the waterfront promenade and offer an excellent view of the Burj Khalifa.
The Dubai Mall features an aquarium that is constructed with the world’s largest viewing panel at 32.8 m wide and 8.3 m high. It has more than 33,000 living animals that represent over 85 species. The aquarium has a walkway tunnel through which you can see the aquarium from the inside.
"Kidzania" in Dubai Mall is an edutainment center, especially for kids. Children and adults can watch movies at any one of the luxurious 22 screen Cineplex. The Dubai Mall has an Olympic size Ice Rink. Children and adults are offered ice skating lessons in this rink.
A trip to Dubai is not complete without a visit to the Burj Khalifa and the Dubai Mall.
The Burj Khalifa
Tom Cruise Atop The Burj Khalifa
© 2012 Nithya Venkat