Simon had only one wish for Dubai – he wanted to visit Burj Khalifa and its observation deck. My own list was endless, so a visit to Burj Khalifa was a small think to do for him.
Visiting Burj Khalifa observation deck is not a picnic, at least not when we see the prices to go up. The cheapest way to buy the tickets is online. Have in mind you need to buy them for precise date and hour.
There are two different observation decks at Burj Khalifa – one is on the 124th floor and the other on 148th. Higher you want to go, more expensive everything becomes.
We knew that 148th floor will be too much to handle (120 EUR/pp), so we decided to visit 124th floor. Our »mistake« was to choose the best possible hours and made the visit of Burj Khalifa during the sunset – peak hours. Instead of paying 35 EUR/pp, we ended up with 50 EUR each. Pretty expensive, but hey, it is the world’s tallest building after all.
A starting point for Burj Khalifa observation deck can be found in the world’s largest shopping mall – Dubai Mall. At the end of the Burj Khalifa tour, this was also a great base to visit impressive Dubai Aquarium.
We got our online Burj Khalifa tickets from a self-service machine and the adventure begun. We stepped in the lift with a bunch of other people and we were up in the 124th floor in no time – the elevator’s speed is 10 meters per second. Reaching the top, we were shocked. There were crowds of people – all waiting for the sunset and night views from Burj Khalifa.
The Burj Khalifa observation deck is made out of two parts – inner and outer. The views are amazing from both, but the outer observation deck is a bit more appealing. It is hard to believe that only 50 years ago, Dubai was just a simple small fishing town.
Interesting Burj Khalifa facts
- Burj Khalifa is 828 meter high – 3 times more than Eiffel tower in Paris and 2 times higher than the Empire State Building in New York.
- Burj Khalifa has 160 floors.
- Burj Khalifa is a proud owner of 7 world records (the tallest building in the world, tallest free-standing structure in the world, tallest service elevator in the world, highest number of stories in the world, highest occupied floor in the world, elevator with the longest travel distance in the world and the highest outdoor observation deck in the world).
- The concrete used for building Burj Khalifa was heavy as about 100.000 adult elephants.
- The amount of used steel could build 5Airbus 380 planes.
- Burj Khalifa cost 1,5 billion US Dollars.
- Burj Khalifa uses 950.000 liters of water each day.
- Electricity used in Burj Khalifa equals to 360.000 100 Watt light balls per day.
- There were more than 12.000 workers used for building Burj Khalifa. They did 22 million hours together.
- On a clear day, the top of Burj Khalifa can be seen from a distance of 95 kilometers.
- Burj Khlifa has 54 elevators.
Burj Khalifa is a true symbol of Dubai, the modern city. If you are not up for reaching the top, you should at least see it from the ground. It is truly an architectural masterpiece.
TIP: You can admire sunset from the Burj Khalifa observation deck also for 35 EUR/pp, but you need to have time to reach the top early (cheaper hours) and wait up for the night views. Your time at the Burj Khalifa observation deck is luckily not limited – at least not yet.