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Burj Khalifa in Dubai

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Burj Khalifa
Burj Khalifa
Burj Khalifa

Burj Khalifa is indeed an architectural masterpiece, towering at almost 830 m with its over 160 floors. It holds a number of World Records, being, first of all, the tallest building and for having the highest number of storeys. When visiting Burj Khalifa, you can also see the highest occupied floor, the highest outdoor observation deck and ride in an elevator with the longest travel distance.

The construction of Burj Khalifa began in 2004, and it was opened to the public six years later. Its primary structure is reinforced concrete. The building became the main part of Downtown Dubai and was named after Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, the President of the United Arab Emirates.

Burj Khalifa's architecture and engineering were performed a team led by Adrian Smith at Skidmore, Owings & Merrill, whose firm also designed the Willis Tower and One World Trade Center. The Y-shaped floors are supposed to maximize residential and hotel space. Core and wings have to support the height of the building. The tower has 57 elevators and 8 escalators.

Practical info

When is the best time to visit Burj Khalifa to avoid crowds?

If visitors choose to visit the Burj Khalifa during off-peak hours, they can avoid the crowds. The most ideal times would be in the mornings, during sunset or late at night. Planning your visit during these times could ensure that you won't be waiting in long lines, allowing you to maximize your experience while exploring the attraction that remains popular throughout the year. Show more

How long does it take to get to the top of Burj Khalifa by elevator?

In only about one minute, the elevator ride to the top of Burj Khalifa can take visitors up the impressive height of the building. The rapid, high-speed ascent can cause visitors to feel their ears pop as they travel through some of the world's fastest elevators. The walls lining the ride are glass, and this unique design allows visitors to enjoy awe-inspiring views from the moment they enter the elevator, never ceasing until they reach the top. Show more

What can you see from the highest outdoor observation deck of Burj Khalifa?

Visitors that ascend to the highest outdoor observation deck at Burj Khalifa can enjoy their viewing experience with panoramic views of not only the city of Dubai but also the areas surrounding it. From the deck, visitors have views of the city's skyline, the Palm Jumeirah, the Dubai Marina, the Arabian Gulf, and the vast desert landscape, among other attractions. The deck is located on the 148th floor, and a telescope is also available to provide closer views of the sights below. Show more

Where is the entrance to Burj Khalifa located?

To enter the Burj Khalifa building and begin experiencing its impressive architecture and views, visitors should head to the lower ground level of the Dubai Mall. Access to the building can be found by crossing a bridge on the mall's second floor or using public transportation. The Dubai Mall is an excellent destination on its own and has various luxury stores, restaurants, and cafes for visitors to explore while waiting for their turn to visit the Burj Khalifa. Show more

How much does it cost to visit Burj Khalifa, and is it necessary to buy tickets in advance?

Ticket prices for visiting Burj Khalifa depend on the type of package visitors choose to buy, with prices for 'At The Top' starting at AED 149, and the 'At the Top SKY' package costing AED 379. To avoid disappointment, it's strongly recommended to buy tickets in advance via the official website, particularly during peak tourist season, as online tickets provide direct access to the building's elevators without having to wait in long lines. Show more

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