If there is one landmark that has been ingrained in my head since my first-day at Musement (more than three years ago), it is the “Burj Khalifa”. Now, I don’t live under a rock when it comes to some things so I, of course, had heard of the (current) tallest structure in the world, an emblem not only of Dubai, where it stands but also a paean of ambition and determination.
Since I was flying Emirates to India, taking advantage of the airline’s free Dubai stopover option was a no-brainer. I stayed there for three nights (article about my stopover coming soon on Musement!), and of course, I couldn’t have missed the chance to visit this architectural marvel
So, to start, it’s wise to purchase the Burj Khalifa At the Top tickets in advance. There are two options: floors 124 and 125 OR floors 124, 125, and 148. When in Dubai, you go big or go home, so I highly recommend the latter. Plus, they serve complimentary juice and pastries when you get there!
Also, the skyscraper’s entrance is tricky to find! It’s inside the Dubai Mall. Just go in and follow the signs to “At the Top Burj Khalifa” (or something like that!). This is the largest mall in the world so it can be wildly overwhelming, so give yourself extra time to get there without feeling rushed. We entered on Fashion Avenue and took an escalator up and kept walking, though I couldn’t tell you towards where.
Lastly, a few people have asked me about the elevator ride. It zips you from the ground floor to 125 in 77 seconds, and the second leg of the trip (125 to 148) took 30. There was a bit of a wait for the second elevator, but wall screens posing fun and informative Burj Khalifa trivia questions help pass the time. The view, despite the haze, was extraordinary! You can see the Burj Al Arab and the World Islands, the Palm, and it’s an invigorating–and at times terrifying–feeling to be so high up!
Here’s my pic looking down at the Dubai Fountain.
The Burj Khalifa is 164 stories in total, and in case you were wondering what’s inside, there’s a restaurant on floor 122 called At.Mosphere as well as the Sky Lobby Lounge on floor 123. In addition, the tower houses the Armani Hotel, Armani Residences, and more esidences.
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