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Last updated: 03 December, 2022
Expert travel writer: Nicola Chilton

At 828 metres, the Burj Khalifa is the world’s tallest building – truly a sight to behold, whether standing proud against a clear blue desert sky, reflecting the colours of the sunset, or springing to life with lights and LED displays at night.

Gaze up at it from ground level or ride up to the 125th floor, in the lift with the longest travel distance in the world. The tower’s observation decks offer multimedia presentations about Dubai’s history, and immersive virtual reality experiences. You can even step out onto the world’s highest outdoor observation deck, located on the 148th floor.

Don’t miss

Don’t miss the synchronized dancing fountains at the foot of the tower that spring into life every 30 minutes each evening with a playlist ranging from Time To Say Goodbye to Baby Shark.

While you’re there

Head to At.mosphere on the 122nd floor for the highest tea in the world. You’ll have practically the same views as from the observation deck, but with a more relaxed ambience. Cocktails, coffee and full dining options available too.

Price from: £30
Minimum age: Any
Age suitable: 4+
When: All year around

Getting there & doing it

The ‘At the Top’ observation deck is accessible via the Lower Ground level of Dubai Mall, which can be reached easily by metro or taxi. Tickets can be bought at the entrance or in advance online.

Pricing varies depending on inclusions selected, and also on the time of your visit. It’s more expensive during daylight hours and cheaper at night (when there’s not so much to see).

When to do it

It’s open all year round, seven days a week.

Visit late afternoon to catch Dubai by day, before the desert sunset fades to form a charcoal backdrop to the twinkling lights of the night-time city.

If your visit coincides with Dubai’s hazy weather season (usually May-August), you’re not going to see too much from the top.

Our selection of the best Viator tours of this attraction or activity

Burj Khalifa: At the Top (125th floor) & Dubai Aquarium Combo Entrance

Burj Khalifa: At the Top (125th floor) & Dubai Aquarium Combo Entrance

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30 Mins Jet Ski Tour Burj al Arab and Burj Khalifa, Dowtown Dubai

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Burj Khalifa, Dubai aquarium and Underwater zoo Combo

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Skip the Line: Burj Khalifa - At the Top Sky Ticket (Level 124, 125 & 148)

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Our writer’s picks of the best places to stay near this experience, closest first

ME Dubai by Melia

Dubai, United Arab Emirates (UAE)[1.2 miles]

The only hotel in the world with interiors and exteriors by Zaha Hadid, home to stylish bars and restaurants and unmistakeable design.

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Four Seasons Hotel DIFC

Dubai, United Arab Emirates (UAE)[1.9 miles]

A stylish boutique-sized hotel in buzzing DIFC, with a rooftop bar, small-but-sexy rooftop pool, and some of the city’s best restaurants on the doorstep.

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Rove La Mer Beach

Dubai, United Arab Emirates (UAE)[3.7 miles]

A colourful seaside hotel on family-friendly La Mer beach, with a chilled Californian vibe, poolside sundeck and surrounded by dining and shopping options.

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Queen Elizabeth 2

Dubai, United Arab Emirates (UAE)[7.2 miles]

An iconic symbol of the golden age of travel, the QE2 is now a luxury hotel permanently harboured in Dubai. One of the city’s most unusual places to stay – and certainly it’s most unique.

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United Arab Emirates (UAE)

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A walk around ‘Old Dubai’ and an abra ride on the Creek offers a fascinating glimpse of the city as it would have been before the skyscrapers arrived.

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High tea at At.Mosphere
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High tea at At.Mosphere

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