On top of the world at the Burj Khalifa

A visit to At The Top Burj Khalifa

Often described as a ‘Vertical City’ and ‘A Living Wonder’, the Burj Khalifa has held the title of the tallest building in the world since 2010. Rising gracefully from the desert, it is 828 metres high, more than twice the height of the Empire State Building. We visited At The Top Burj Khalifa .

View from Burj Khalifa At The Top

View from the top

At The Top Burj Khalifa 

… and that’s not the only record it holds. The skyscraper is also the world’s tallest man-made and free-standing structure, it has the world’s highest occupied floor (Level 160) and swimming pool (Level 76), and the tallest service elevator. The world’s highest lounge is on Level 154.  The observation decks are on the 124th, 125th and 148th floors, with the latter being the tallest observation deck in the world open to the public - although it isn’t close to the peak of tower, due to the building's tapering form.

Burj Khalifa At The Top

Home to residences and offices with some of the world’s most prestigious addresses, the Burj Khalifa is likewise famous for the spectacular LED displays on its façade, especially on New Year’s Eve. It has been featured in movies like "Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol" and "Independence Day: Resurgence".

View from Burj Khalifa At The Top

View from The Top

My family has a penchant for seeing the views from tall buildings, so ascending the Burj Khalifa was high up on our Dubai bucket list. We entered the Dubai Mall, the largest mall in the world and followed the signs to the counters of "At The Top Burj Khalifa", which are on the Lower Ground floor.

There was a long queue waiting to get in. I asked the hostess if it was an especially busy day, and she replied that it was always like that, as the tower was the top attraction in Dubai -no mean feat in a city of superlatives. Indeed, the Burj Khalifa is ranked as the top attraction in Dubai on Tripadvisor. This is followed by The Dubai Fountain and The Dubai Mall, which are both within the same complex.

Burj Khalifa At The Top


Once we had collected our tickets, we proceeded through the speed gates, where a photographer took family photos of us. A social media wall encouraged fans to post their experience photos. We passed an illuminated model of the skyscraper. As we continued towards the elevators, historical photos and clips from the construction phase between 2004 and 2010 lined the walls of the hallway and kept us informed and entertained as the long queue snaked forward.

Burj Khalifa At The Top

Burj Khalifa Timeline

At the waiting area for the elevators, we watched the display screen on the doors rapidly flash the floor numbers as it sped up and down. Eventually, it was our turn. The doors closed behind us and we shot up 124 floors within 60 seconds, in one of the fastest elevators in the world. The audio visual displays treated us to more information within the elevator, and before we knew it, we were on Level 124.

Burj Khalifa At The Top

Observation Deck

We walked around the glass-enclosed deck , enjoying the views of Dubai’s iconic buildings and skyline, and the sea and the desert beyond. Then we proceeded to Level 125, which gave us views from different angles. Avant-garde, high powered, viewfinders enabled close-up views of distant landmarks.  On a clear day, you can see the faint outline of Iran on the other side of the Persian Gulf.

Burj Khalifa At The Top

Souvenir Shop

Level 125 also has a cafe and a gift shop where you can choose your favourite souvenir as a memento. There are t-shirts, fridge magnets, glass ornaments, books and all sorts of other items. Photographers are on hand to take the perfect photos of you on top of the world for Instagram. An inspired glass-floor that “cracks” underneath your feet provides an immersive experience while VR machines provide more interactive experiences.

Burj Khalifa At The Top

Burj Khalifa Souvenirs

We spent over an hour enjoying the views from the top before we made our way back down again, in time to see the popular Dubai Fountains. Ticking the tallest building in the world off our bucket list was a brag-worthy experience, and one I would definitely recommend, unless you are acrophobic.

Burj Khalifa At The Top

"Cracking glass" floor

Fun Facts

  • The Burj Khalifa is set to be surpassed as the world’s tallest building within the next year when Emaar Properties, its developers, complete the Dubai Creek Tower.
  • Did you know that the Burj Khalifa is so tall that you can watch two sunsets on the same day? Watch the sunset from the base of the building, go right to the top on the high-speed elevator, and watch the sunset all over again. This is because of the time difference - about three minutes between the time of the sunset on the ground and the sunset on the top.
Dubai Creek Tower

Model of Dubai Creek Tower

Good to know

  • The easiest way to get to the "At The Top Burj Khalifa" counters is through the Dubai Mall Fashion Avenue entrance.
  • The standard experience is known as “At The Top Burj Khalifa”. Guests wishing to travel to the outdoor deck on Level 148 at an additional cost, have to book the “At The Top Sky” experience. This includes Levels 124 and 125, fast-tracking of queues, and refreshments.

For more information, visit At The Top Burj Khalifa or book your tickets here.

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5 comments on “On top of the world at the Burj Khalifa”

  1. If you are a travel lover, you should see this place, At least once in a lifetime. This is one of my favourite place i ever visited. Thanks for reminding those precious moments through your post.

  2. This looks so amazing! I´ve never been to Dubai and I do tend to get dizzy and the fear of heights kicks in in such places but I think I will want to come up here when in Dubai. Just looks so stunning, thanks for sharing this useful post.

    1. Thanks Ashley. I was also wowed when I learnt that you can watch the sunset twice in one day - from the same building 🙂

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