Recently, one of my close friends spent a fortnight in Dubai, United Arab Emirates and when she got back, she couldn’t wait to tell me all about it. Dubai sounds like a truly amazing place to visit and I’m so fascinated by it that I’ve added it to my travel bucket list.
No visit to Dubai is complete without a visit to the Burj Khalifa and as my top tips on visiting the Taj Mahal post did so well, I’ve decided to write a post on my top tips for visiting the Burj Khalifa – with a little help from my friend, of course!
What is the Burj Khalifa?
Towering above the rest of Dubai at over 828m (2,717 ft), the Burj Khalifa is the tallest building in the world. With 160 storeys, it also has more floors than any other man-made structure on the planet. It took six years to complete the construction work, before the building finally opened in 2010. On the 148th floor, you’ll find the At the Top Burj Khalifa SKY Lounge – the highest observatory deck in the world, offering breath-taking views over Dubai.
Some of Dubai’s rich and famous even own homes inside the Burj Khalifa, which also houses the Armani Hotel and Residences, the Dubai Aquarium and Underwater Zoo, indoor and outdoor swimming pools, state-of-the-art fitness facilities, the world’s highest restaurant and the world’s highest nightclub. See why I want to visit so badly?!
Here are my top tips for visiting the Burj Khalifa:
- Planning your visit
Understandably, the Burj Khalifa is one of the world’s most popular buildings to visit. If you decide to go, see if you can find cheap flights to Dubai so you’ll have more money to spend on your hotel and activities, and put together an itinerary – if you’re going to travel all that way, you may as well see all that Dubai has to offer! Besides the Burj Khalifa, there are tonnes of tourist attractions in Dubai, including the Miracle Garden and the five-star Atlantis, the Palm resort (featuring marine wildlife parks and an enormous water park).
The Burj Khalifa operates every day, from 8:30am until midnight, with the last entry at 45 minutes before closing time.
- Buying tickets
It’s best to book tickets for Burj Khalifa in advance, to get a cheaper price and to make sure your desired viewing slot isn’t fully booked on the day. You should arrive 10-15 minutes before the time of your booking.
Prices vary depending on which observation deck you want to visit, and what time you want to visit. To visit the At the Top observation deck on levels 124 to 125, costs range from AED 125 to AED 200 (£25-40). It costs more to visit during the peak viewing time of 5.30pm – 7pm.
However, if you also want access to the At the Top SKY observation deck on level 148, this will set you back around AED 350 to 500 (£70-100).
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- What to bring
When visiting the Burj Khalifa, wear sensible, comfortable shoes for walking around in as you might be on your feet for a while – expect queues! You should also eat something before going up to the observation decks, because you’re not allowed to bring food and drink with you, and some people get a little light-headed at high altitudes. Bring some cash for a meal in the restaurant if you like, and consider whether you’ll need spending money for any of the Burj Khalifa’s other attractions. Finally, it should go without saying that you should also bring a camera – this could be a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to capture the best views you’ll ever see!
- When to visit
According to my friend, the most rewarding time of day to visit the Burj Khalifa is just before sunset. This is the best time to experience the phenomenal views over Dubai, as the light fades and nightlife begins to switch into full force. It is also the perfect time to take photographs to keep the memory alive – and impress your Instagram followers!
- Enjoy the outside
If ascending the Burj Khalifa and being faced with unimaginable heights isn’t for you, don’t worry! The exterior of this building is just as impressive as the view from inside. The architecture is incredible in its own right and at the foot of the structure on the Burj Lake, you’ll find the world’s tallest performing fountain, Dubai Fountain. Lit up in vibrant colours, the fountain projects water up to impressive heights, to the sound of magnificent soundtracks including classical, contemporary Arabic and world music. Not to be missed!
Have you ever been to the Burj Khalifa and what did you make of the experience? If not, is it somewhere you’d like to visit in future? Check out this handy Dubai travel guide for more suggestions of things to do during your stay.