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Burj Khalifa Pictures From the Top of Worlds Tallest Building in Dubai, UAE

Updated on June 3, 2015
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Rhonda is an award-winning travel writer/photographer at AlbomAdventures. Based in New Zealand she has visited 54 countries on 6 continents.

Our first view of the world's tallest building.
Our first view of the world's tallest building. | Source

We Were on Top of the World on the Observation Deck of the Burj Khalifa

Standing on the observation platform of the Burj Khalifa, the world's tallest building, is a bit surreal. A trip to Dubai, and a visit to this tower has been on my bucket list for a long time. As I look out at the city, an eclectic mix of modern and old, surrounded by either sea or desert the Burj Khalifa pictures that I have studied are finally replaced with the real thing. Yet from this height, it has a dream like quality making it almost difficult to comprehend. I am surprised how much this middle eastern city and enormously tall tower has captivated my mind.

Located in the fast growing city of Dubai, in the United Arab Emirates, the Burj Khalifa tower holds many records. Either from the ground looking up, or from the top looking down, the views are amazing. It is not just the tallest building in the world, it towers over every other currently built man-made structure across the globe.

If you have not visited Dubai, enjoy my photos, and store them in your memory until you can replace them with your own Burj Khalifa pictures.

Looking Out From the Top of the World

My daughter sits in the window well on the outdoor deck of the observation level of the world's tallest building.
My daughter sits in the window well on the outdoor deck of the observation level of the world's tallest building. | Source

Like most visitors to Dubai, we had seen photos of the Burj Khalifa Tower prior to our arrival. We even caught a glimpse of the tower as we landed in Dubai, but unfortunately it was covered in a hazy cloud.

We had purchased our tickets to the tower's observation deck two weeks earlier. We enjoyed other sites in this unusual town based on tradition, yet populated with close to 80% expats from other nations.

When the day of our scheduled visit finally arrived, we took the metro train to the Burj Khalifa station. Interestingly, from the transit station we could see neither the Dubai Mall or its tower.

Now I will pass on the advice we were given: Even though it is only about a 10 minute walk from the Burj Khalifa Metro Station to the Dubai Mall, which is where the tower is based, take a taxi from the station.

We decided to walk as it was unseasonably cool outside for this part of the Middle East, checking in at only 38C (100F). As this is the middle east, is respectful that women cover shoulders and knees, so we were over dressed for the weather. Yet we decided to walk.

Turning the corner and seeing the tower, was almost completely overwhelming. As we took in the moment, we were happy. As we walked towards it the heat began to get to us. By the time we realized our mistake we were about halfway there, and there were no more taxis available. On the bright side, it did offer me an opportunity to take this photo of the girls with the tower in the background.

The Burj Khalifa Tower - Our first view of the world's tallest building

My girls in the foreground as the Burj Khalifa towers over the city of Dubai, UAE.
My girls in the foreground as the Burj Khalifa towers over the city of Dubai, UAE. | Source

Tip: Purchase Tickets to the Observation Tower in Advance

There are several advantages to purchasing tickets in advance:

  • Guaranteed entry on the date you want to visit
  • Significantly less expensive
  • If you can purchase several weeks in advance you will get first pick of time slots and can time it see the sunset from the top, allowing both day and evening views.

We Timed Our Visit To Watch the Sunset From the Top

The sun went completely behind the clouds and haze just after this shot looking out towards "The World" Island group.
The sun went completely behind the clouds and haze just after this shot looking out towards "The World" Island group. | Source

Burj Khalifa Pictures from the Top - Another view from the top. Too bad it was a bit hazy outside. We couldn't clearly see "the World" or the "the Palms"

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Burj Khalifa Holds so Many World Records

Some Interesting Facts About Burj Khalifa

The Burj Khalifa holds the following world records:

At 828 metres (2,716.5 feet) it is

  • the tallest building in the world
  • the tallest structure in the world
  • the tallest free-standing structure in the world

According to international standard, height of a building is measured from the level of the lowest, significant, open-air, pedestrian entrance to the architectural top of the building. This measurement would include spires, but would not include antennae, signage, flagpoles or other functional-technical equipment.

It also has the honor of having the world's:

  • Highest number of stories
  • Highest occupied floor
  • Highest outdoor observation deck
  • Highest mosque
  • Highest swimming pool
  • Elevator with the longest travel distance
  • Tallest service elevator

Comparison Chart of the Tallest Buildings in the World

 -Burj Khalifa is the World's tallest building, tallest structure and tallest free-standing structure.
-Burj Khalifa is the World's tallest building, tallest structure and tallest free-standing structure. | Source

Love Tall Buildings? - This is the book for you

Best Tall Buildings 2010: CTBUH International Award Winning Projects
Best Tall Buildings 2010: CTBUH International Award Winning Projects

Best Tall Buildings 2010: CTBUH International Award Winning Projects is 200 pages of award winning buildings. It highlights all aspects of the annual CTBUH (Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat) Outstanding Tall Buildings awards for 2010. The book also includes the "official" list of the "100 Tallest Buildings in the World."

 

On each panel of observation deck glass, there is a space without glass, for better photos and viewing.

There are spaces on the outer deck to take photos without the glass.
There are spaces on the outer deck to take photos without the glass.

Would you go to the top of the Burj Khalifa Tower?

Here's where you get to tell me your thoughts. Would you go to the top, or not. Join the debate.

Going to the Top of the Burj Khalifa is a Great Idea

Going to the Top of the Burj Khalifa is a Great Idea

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    • pinkhoodie 3 years ago

      I've been there. It's an interesting perspective because the buildings only go so far out into the desert and then, ... Nothing. The day was hazy so visibility was not great. However, you have to do it if you're there. And, did you realise that you are probably higher up in the air on an airplane after a minute than any tall building in the world?

    • Rhonda Albom 3 years ago from New Zealand

      @captainj88: It was really exciting to be up so high, and i did think about Mission Impossible while I was there. Lucky for us there were no sand storms.

    • Leah J. Hileman 3 years ago from East Berlin, PA, USA

      Absolutely, I would go. I love scenes and I'm not afraid of heights. I've wanted to see this building ever since it was featured in the last Mission Impossible movie.

    • Rhonda Albom 3 years ago from New Zealand

      @Followthedon: Even without the perspective, this building is tall!

    • Followthedon 3 years ago

      It's a good idea but I'M poor. But things building is one step closer to a mile high building or perhaps a space elevator. I also like the way they make the building get smaller and smaller at top making it look a lot larger then it is. It's a good way to make the biggest building look even larger playing with the perspective of the construction

    • anonymous 4 years ago

      YES, I WOULD AGAIN VISIT IT, I DREAM IT A lot. BURJ KHALIF IS UNIQUE WONDER TOWER OF THE WORLD. HEIGHT is bad thing, but still am very daring woman.

    • tauqeeraptt 4 years ago

      I have read' your article.Its a best one in current scenario Fishing in Dubai.

    • Diana Grant 4 years ago from United Kingdom

      Definitely, who wouldn't want to go there? The view over the desert must be amazing

    • anonymous 4 years ago

      Yes - keep it on your bucket list but don't go in May - July as visibility is low due to the haze. Also have a look at Barj Al Arab - maginificent on the outside but I thought rather crass on the inside. Atlantis is a far better choice.

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    • lemonslicetravels 5 years ago

      you should definitely keep it in your list ! Getting up on the tallest building in the world itself is a thrilling experience. Besides, as you have noted here, there are many many more things to see and to do in Dubai. i am living and working here and the things they do here .. it never stops to amaze me ..

      i run this website www.lemonslicetravels.com, you can bookmark it and keep so that whenever you do decide to visit you can use it for planning your trip .. .cheers!

    • kevinbryan 5 years ago

      For sure!

    • anonymous 5 years ago

      keep it

    • Spiderlily321 5 years ago

      This place seems really nice to go see. Keep it on the list!

    • abode553 5 years ago

      good one

    • anonymous 5 years ago

      My very hobby for visit & live this Building But I have not enough money.pls help me . 01741454824

    • ThomasGeleta 5 years ago

      definitely keep it on

    • DanielleNay 5 years ago

      Definitely keep it on the list! And when you do visit, make sure to book in advance for At The Top, the observation deck experience. Best time to visit is before sunset; that way you get the daylight, sunset and evening view all in one go. On the adjacent floor is a fantastic cocktail bar called at:mosphere - if you want to go there you must a) dress up and b) book. I live in Dubai and generally take visitors to the bar at at:mosphere INSTEAD of the Observation Deck. The price works out about the same!

    • Michey LM 5 years ago

      On the list as we never know what will happen next in our life. I am always for dreaming big, with this mind set we can obtain more... Don't you think?

    • partyholicdubai 5 years ago

      vow just love it dubai itz really amazing thanks for such lovely post and pictures love it...........

    No Way! (I wouldn't do it)

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      • Rhonda Albom 2 years ago from New Zealand

        Thanks David, what a nice compliment.

      • Rhonda Albom 2 years ago from New Zealand

        It certainly is incredible.

      • Rhonda Albom 2 years ago from New Zealand

        Thanks. I would love to go back, and visit some of the neighboring countries too. I loved Oman. I think Qatar and Jordan are next on my middle east bucket list.

      • CrisSp 2 years ago from Sky Is The Limit Adventure

        I've been there a few times and it's amazing! Great hub, awesome shots.

      • Anna 2 years ago from chichester

        Wow what an incredible bit of architecture! Amazing hub :)

      • David Stone 2 years ago from New York City

        Your reflections from your travels are always thrill, Rhonda, aided by the way you write so well.

        Thanks, one more time.

      • Rhonda Albom 2 years ago from New Zealand

        @Adventuretravels - Actually, this building was easier to get to the top of then the Eiffel Tower. It is one elevator all the way up, and it is enclosed.

      • Giovanna Sanguinetti 2 years ago from London UK

        I feel pathetic but I don't think this building is for me either! I could even get to the top of the Eiffel Tower let alone this amazing building!!

      • Northwestphotos 5 years ago

        I would have to say that this site is not on my bucket list. I don't like elevators!

      • miaponzo 6 years ago

        You could.. but to me it just seems like an evil tower.... my daughter hates itso much she won't even look at it :)

      • anonymous 6 years ago

        It is a long way down from the top!! or Worse a long way up to the top.. What if the elevators go out??

      My Best Photo of the Burj Khalifa at Night

      It was dark by the time we got to the bottom, so as we watched the fountain, I looked back and took this shot.
      It was dark by the time we got to the bottom, so as we watched the fountain, I looked back and took this shot. | Source

      Where is Dubai? - It is one of the United Arab Emirates - North of Saudi Arabia, West of Oman

      Map showing Dubai
      Map showing Dubai

      Have You Been to Dubai?

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      See My Travel Tips To United Arab Emirates

      **Click Here for Rhonda Albom's Dubai and UAE Travel Tips.
      (They are about half way down the page.)

      We Found More Tips for Visiting the Burj Khalifa Tower from our Guide Book - I am a huge fan of Lonely Planet tour books when I travel.

      Lonely Planet Oman, UAE & Arabian Peninsula (Travel Guide)
      Lonely Planet Oman, UAE & Arabian Peninsula (Travel Guide)

      We chose to get this book as we were visiting more than just Dubai. For us the guide is brilliant and lives up to the Lonely Planet hype. How else would I have learned how to bargain for bling, or where to get gold?

       

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          Rhonda Albom 2 years ago from New Zealand

          LOL - we were in Vegas with the girls last year, and once is certainly enough for me. However, I would love to go back to the Middle East, anytime.

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          Rhonda Albom 2 years ago from New Zealand

          Thanks MaryBeth. We are working our way around the world, up to 48 countries collectively (I think).

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          Rhonda Albom 2 years ago from New Zealand

          It's almost too high. I generally prefer a view from much lower. That said, it was pretty spectacular.

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          Melody Lassalle 2 years ago from California

          I don't consider myself afraid of heights, but woah! I don't think I'd make it to the top of that building. It must be a spectacular view from so high above the ground.

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          Mary Beth Granger 2 years ago from O'Fallon, Missouri, USA

          You have been to some incredible places in the world! I love these photos...thanks for sharing.

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          stereomike83 2 years ago from UK

          Dubai is one of those places a bit like Vegas I'd love to go once, just to see what it's really like. That said, having seen my sister's photos from the Burj last year would love to go up it as I always try to find the highest point wherever I go!

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          Giovanna Sanguinetti 2 years ago from London UK

          Great pictures but unfortunately they have put me off going up there!! I don't do heights Rhonda! I was in Dubai before that was built so I didn't have to even contemplate it. A truly remarkable place. Great hub.

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          Rhonda Albom 2 years ago from New Zealand

          I travel with my husband, and we are very respectful of traditional values when we travel. However, Dubai is 80% expats, so Europeans are common. We had no problems. There were other countries we visited where I was more cautious about never being out without a male escort.

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          Paula Atwell 2 years ago from Cleveland, OH

          Your pictures are incredible. Wondering, did you have any trouble because you were a woman there?

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          Stephen J Parkin 2 years ago from Pine Grove, Nova Scotia, Canada

          The Post Office Tower in London. Years ago.

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          Heidi Vincent 3 years ago from GRENADA

          After seeing your impressive photos Pukeko, I most definitely have to visit Dubai!

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          Rhonda Albom 3 years ago from New Zealand

          @pinkhoodie: Me too :)

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          pinkhoodie 3 years ago

          The Burj Khalifa

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          Rhonda Albom 3 years ago from New Zealand

          @tedwritesstuff24: I love the heat. And as for the prices, we bought our tickets on-line and they were about 25% of the price you pay at the door. It was still steep, but it was part of our experience.

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          Rhonda Albom 3 years ago from New Zealand

          @captainj88: That's exactly why I made the page.

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          TedWritesStuff 3 years ago

          Spent a few weeks in Dubai and whilst I agree the structures are impressive in appearance, I found the fees to enter them to be even higher than the buildings themselves. That combined with the constant heat and pollution haze meant that I was more than happy to sit and look at them from below...

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          Leah J. Hileman 3 years ago from East Berlin, PA, USA

          So cool. This is an area of the world that I would love to spend some time in, exploring. I hope I get to someday. In the meantime, thanks for letting me live vicariously through your camera lens.

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          Rhonda Albom 3 years ago from New Zealand

          @evawrites1: LOL - sadly that candy shop wasn't nearly as impressive as it looks in the photo, but fun, nevertheless.

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          evawrites1 3 years ago

          This was an interesting read, and I was impressed with that candy shop... that's a lot of candies they have in there...

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