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Burj Khalifa, Dubai, The Tallest Building in the World

Updated on March 21, 2013

At The Top

Burj Kalifa, The World's Tallest Building, Dubai
Burj Kalifa, The World's Tallest Building, Dubai | Source

The World's Tallest Building

Rising up out of the Dubai skyline, the Burj Khalifa points its silver finger towards the heavens in a majestic statement of man's triumph over the elements.

A grand combination of art and engineering the building stands as a beacon that represents man's progress as the tower stretches up and dominates the new city landscape in which it sits.

A powerful motif of the modern world the Burj Khalifa is a representation of our future that stretches 829 metres upwards.

A dynamic symbol of achievement in a city of achievements.

And by visiting the Observation Deck you can be part of the vision.

Burj Khalifa - Facts and Figures

  • 829.84 metres tall (2,723 ft)
  • 163 floors
  • Tallest building in the world
  • World's tallest free-standing structure
  • The building with the highest occupied floor in the world
  • The fastest elevators at 40 mph (64 kph)
  • 57 elevators
  • When fully opened the Tower will hold 35,000 people
  • World's highest nightclub (on the 144th floor)
  • World's highest restaurant (on the 122nd floor) at 442 metres (1450 ft) The At.mosphere Restaurant
  • The water system supplies 250,000 gals of water per day
  • 24,348 windows
  • It has 18 permanently mounted window washing bays and it takes 36 staff 4 months to clean the entire facade
  • The condensation collection system generates 15 million gals of water per year
  • Peak electrical demand is 36 million watts

Do you like Heights?

The Observation Deck stands 452 metres (1483 ft) high. That is 33 full size American School Buses stacked end to end on top of each other. Would you mind watching the world go by from that height?

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Burj Khalifa Observation Deck

The Burj Khalifa Observation Deck, "At The Top", can be found on the 124th floor of the tower.

The entrance to the tower can be found on the lower ground level of the Dubai Mall, so why not combine your visit with a day at the world's biggest mall? You can book tickets for the Burj Khalifa in advance, so book for a specific time and follow that up with a few hours shopping. Allow about 2 hours for your visit to the Tower.

Burj Khalifa

The Amazing Burj Khalifa
The Amazing Burj Khalifa | Source

Burj Khalifa Opening Hours

  • Sunday - Wednesday 10.00 hours to 22.00 hours
  • Thursday - Saturday 10.00 hours to Midnight

The Experience

You begin your journey with a short exhibition about the conception and building of the tower before progressing on a travelator through a history of Dubai and then a short elevator ride to the Observation Deck, which as well as enclosed views all round features an open-air terraced area. There is a featured gift shop for souvenirs.

Burj Khalifa Ticket Prices

The ticket office is located on the lower ground level of the Dubai Mall. You purchase tickets for a specific time and date, so it's easier to book in advance. This can be done at the ticket office or online.


Ticket Prices as at March 2013

 
Price AED (Emirati Dirham)
USD/GBP/EUR (Approx)
Adult (aged 13 plus)
125 AED
$34/£22/EUR26
Child (Aged 4 to 12)
95 AED
$26/£17/EUR20
Infant (Aged 0 to 3)
Free
Free

Souvenir of the Burj Khalifa

Burj Khalifa Keyring
Burj Khalifa Keyring | Source

The "Behold" Telescope

The observation deck is equipped with telescopes, including the amazing "Behold" telescope which allows you to look back through history. As you look through the telescope across the modern city what you will see is the land as it was before Dubai exploded as the world's most modern city. So what you see is.....desert. It is certainly an eerie experience to be atop the world's tallest building, in one of the newest cities in the world and seeing Dubai as it was. Well worth the entrance money alone.

The View From the Top

The view from the observation deck of the Burj Khalifa.
The view from the observation deck of the Burj Khalifa. | Source
Floor
Used For
B1 - B2
Parking
Concourse, Ground and 1 to 8
Armani Hotel
9 to 16
Armani Residences
17 to 18
Mechanical
19 to 37
Armani Residences
38 to 39
Armani Hotel Suites
40 to 42
Mechanical
43
Sky Lobby
44 to 72
Residential
73 to 75
Mechanical
76
Sky Lobby
77 to 108
Residential
109 to 110
Mechanical
111 to 121
Corporate suites
122
At.mosphere restaurant
123
Sky Lobby
124
Observation Deck
125 to 135
Corporate Suites
136 to 138
Mechanical
139 to 154
Corporate Suites
155
Mechanical
156 to 159
Communications Facilities
160
Mechanical

Window Cleaner at the Burj Khalifa

A window cleaner on the side of the Burj Khalifa, Dubai
A window cleaner on the side of the Burj Khalifa, Dubai | Source

Where is the Burj Khalifa?

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Burj Khalifa, World's Smallest Building!

Burj Khalifa. Seeing is Believing
Burj Khalifa. Seeing is Believing | Source

Burj Khalifa

The view from the top of the world's tallest building.
The view from the top of the world's tallest building. | Source

The Burj Khalifa at Night

The Burj Khalifa at Night.
The Burj Khalifa at Night. | Source

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    • Larry Rankin profile image

      Larry Rankin 2 years ago from Oklahoma

      Just an amazing piece of architecture.

      Engaging hub.

    • Horatio Plot profile image
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      Horatio Plot 5 years ago from Bedfordshire, England.

      You hardly see a local CrisSp. It's all visitors or migrant workers. Most locals have left town for more traditional pastures and only 15% of the emirates population where local in the first place. It's also changed since the economic downturn. It feels less flamboyant. Still expensive mind; £37.00 for 3 burgers and fries in the Mall of the Emirates last time I checked!

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      CrisSp 5 years ago from Sky Is The Limit Adventure

      Awesome! Have you been there yourself Horatio? I've been multiple times in Dubai before the majestic building was built and soon after it was built. It's spectacular! And, Dubai doesn't look like Dubai anymore as it was years ago. The last time I was there, I felt like I was in Europe and the locals are the tourists. Lol! You get what I mean, right? Amazing development.

      Love it there except that it made me broke :(

      Great hub, awesome photos. Up and interesting.

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      Horatio Plot 5 years ago from Bedfordshire, England.

      Nettlemere. The telescope thing is very odd, disconcerting in fact . I kept quickly taking my eye from the viewer to see if I could catch it out. A freaky outer limits Dr Who moment indeed. Thank you for reading.

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      Nettlemere 5 years ago from Burnley, Lancashire, UK

      That strange twisted effect on it is alarming. I can't say I'd be in rush to go up there and look out, but I do like the idea of the back in time telescope.