To travel all the way to Dubai and not visit the Burj Khalifa is as bad as visiting Egypt and not seeing the Pyramids. It would be unfair on the beautiful city that stands tall and proud with the Burj Khalifa, holding the record for being the world’s tallest building.
The Burj Khalifa, one of the greatest man-made marvels of our time, standing tall at nearly 160 storeys high, we can be certain that you will not get a better view than at the top of this beauty. The building is actually split into three distinct types; the residences, the offices and the hotel, of which each has its own speciality to itself.
As soon as you step foot into the Residence entrance to the building, you will notice the majestic art piece that floods the lobby of the Residence of the Burj Khalifa with its beauty, created by artist Jaume Plensa, the serene sculpture is named 'World Voices'. The piece utilises various elements of nature, incorporating 196 cymbals with water dropping gently from the high ceiling onto the cymbals, creating a chorus of distinct tones that represent the voices of people worldwide. The Burj Khalifa also features the exclusive Armani residences, built on levels 9 to 16, each apartment has bespoke finishes to ensure every square inch of the apartment is done to a crisp finish, everything from the furniture to the interior design. Giorgio Armani designed the entrance to the Armani residences himself so as to make his guests feel as though they are walking into his home, and this is why there is no check-in desk.
Despite little to no coverage on this matter, the Burj Khalifa plays a vital role in downtown Dubai and has influenced both the city and people from all around the world quite heavily. Needless to say, this stunningly tall monument attracts tourists globally and has become a hub for travellers from different parts of the world to meet and appreciate the tall glass beauty. The building itself was brought under construction by the leading design of a renown architect Adrian Smith who infact got his inspiration from the beautiful Hymenocallis or Spider Lily, a regional flower in the deserts of Dubai. On your way At the top of Burj Khalifa via the Burj lake, you are taken on to experience a traditional ‘Abras’ ride so as to maintain the cultural heritage the United Arab Emirates embodies, while also indulging in a unique view at the Dubai Fountain.
Aside from a stunning view of the city of Dubai, the Observation Decks of Burj Khalifa also offers a unique aerial view of The Dubai Fountain. The City also uses the Burj Khalifa as a central anchor to tie together both elements from the Western world and the Arab world, to create a harmonious blend of cultures and traditions making sure there is enough space for everyone to have a hand in. Here is a neat little fun fact, the elevators in the Burj Khalifa are among the fastest in the world of skyscrapers. They can transport you at a speed of 10m/s and takes about one minute to reach the observation deck on the 124th floor. We would suggest to take one up for yourself and make a stop at At.mosphere, the world’s highest restaurant.
There’s two main choices to consider when planning your visit to the Burj Khalifa; the timing. Although it doesn’t matter when you decide to go to the top as the view is breathtakingly beautiful at all times, some people prefer a day time view rather than at night. This may be due to health reasons or simply a preference, but we do recommend you carefully decide if you would prefer properly seeing all of the city at day or add in a blanket of city lights and twinkling stars during the night time. The Burj Khalifa is open from 8.30am to 11pm leaving you with plenty of time to tour around and take as many pictures as you’d like from this unbelievably tall modern tower.