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Last updated: 19 June, 2023
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 for the ‘At the Top’ experience. 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.

While you're there

The ‘Dubai Fountain’ show – a synchronised dancing fountain display – takes place at the foot of the tower – look for the sign as you exit the Burj experience. They 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.

Logistics

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.

Who to go with: organised tours

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

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30 Mins Jet Ski Tour Burj al Arab and Burj Khalifa, Dowtown Dubai
Popeye Jetski Introduces you to the pleasure of jetskiing with our latest model of overpowering jetski (Yamaha 1800cc 1 jet can take 2 people), during the ride our guides take a picture of you at the foot of the iconic most luxurious hotel in the world. Burj Al Arab (photo taken with iphone and share for free at the end of the session). All the facilities are available at the station (shower, changing cubicle, locker, coffee machine and water available.

Price: $98

Min age: 16

Rating 4.97 / 5 [2481 ratings]

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2 Hours Jet Ski Tour Dubai - Atlantis -JBR -Burj al Arab - Burj Khalifa views

Dubai

2 Hours Jet Ski Tour Dubai - Atlantis -JBR -Burj al Arab - Burj Khalifa views
For lovers of discovery, POPEYE JETSKI takes you on 2h jetski hikes on the emblematic spots of Dubai, you will come back the head full of emotions and memories imperishable. On the program, among others, the Atlantis hotel and its Aquaventure park at the end of the Palm Jumeirah, the runway on the water of Skydive Dubai, the tallest wheel of the World Ain Dubai on its bluewaters island ... before to take last pictures of the huge Burj Khalifa and the buildings surrounding it from the sea.

Price: $239

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

Dubai

Skip the Line: Burj Khalifa - At the Top Sky Ticket (Level 124, 125 & 148)
Take home vivid memories of Dubai’s crowning glory with a tour through parts of Burj Khalifa. You will have access to the highest outdoor observation deck in the world, spread across levels 148 and 125 of the Burj Khalifa.

Price: $130

Min age: 0

Rating 4.20 / 5 [419 ratings]

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Burj Khalifa: At the Top & Dubai Aquarium Combo Entrance

Dubai

Burj Khalifa: At the Top & Dubai Aquarium Combo Entrance
Experience the magic of Dubai, visit the one of world's tallest skyscrapers. Learn about the architecture and technology behind this structure. Select your time slot, take the world’s fastest elevator to the observation floor of the world’s tallest building, and enjoy a breathtaking 360-degree view across the city, desert, and Gulf. Then, after enjoying such a view from the top of Burj Khalifa. Admire the aquatic animals and their life from around the world, including the rare species a unique, underwater zoo.

Price: $99

Min age: 0

Rating 4.04 / 5 [208 ratings]

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Skip the Line:Burj Khalifa - The Lounge 152 ,153 and 154 Floor Ticket

Dubai

Skip the Line:Burj Khalifa - The Lounge 152 ,153 and 154 Floor Ticket
Visit Burj Khalifa, the world’s tallest building, for a VIP experience .The Lounge is the newest attraction to open in the Burj Khalifa on floors 152, 153 and 154 Floor. The new public observation deck stands at a height of 575 meters.

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Dubai

United Arab Emirates (UAE)

Burj Khalifa rising above Dubai downtown cityscape high angle view view at sunset. United Arab Emirates modern architecture and travel abstract

A desert city playground with a unique combination of Arabian culture, mega-malls and audacious architecture in a setting of year-round sun, sand and sea. Great family hotels and a ridiculous number of family attractions too.