Burj Khalifa (Khalifa Tower) in Dubai is the tallest building in the world that is truly impressive, to say the least. It’s one of the most famous buildings in the world and rises high in the sky at 828 meters.
In this article, I will share everything you need to know before you visit Burj Khalifa in Dubai, including opening hours, tickets and answers to frequently asked questions.
|Visitors per year: 1.87 million||Building cost: 1.5 billion USD|
|Elevators: 57||Height: 828 meter|
|Inaugurated: 4 January 2010||Floors: 163|
Burj Khalifa tickets
There are two observation decks to choose between, At the Top (456 meters) and the new At the Top SKY (555 meters).
Level 124 and 125 – At the Top
This is the most popular observation deck and the one that most tourists will visit. That’s also why it’s not uncommon that it gets fully booked for several days in a row.
If you want to be sure to be able to go up to level 124 and 125, it’s recommended to book your Burj Khalifa tickets in advance. Thanks to my partner Get Your Guide you can book Burj Khalifa tickets with a lowest price guarantee.
Level 148 – At the Top SKY
Many are curious if it’s worth to spend the extra money to get access to the higher floor at level 148. At the Top SKY is an exclusive observation deck that is also the highest located observation deck in the world.
It’s definitely a special feeling to visit level 148, but in terms of the view from Burj Khalifa, there’s not much of a big difference. If you think it’s worth the extra money spent is highly individual.
If you like that little extra in life, why not make a grand entrance and visit Level 148 – At the Top SKY.
Prices will vary depending on which day and time you want to visit the observation decks. The cheapest tickets can be found in the afternoon or in the evening after sunset.
Best time to visit Burj Khalifa
I recommend that you visit the observation deck about 60 minutes before sunset. Then you’ll get the magic golden light and get the chance to see the sunset from the world’s tallest building.
Tickets are usually more expensive during this time period, but it’s well worth the increased price. It will leave you with an unforgettable moment.
More information about Burj Khalifa in Dubai
Burj Khalifa is not only a tower where you get spectacular views, but it’s also home to about 900 residences, 160 hotel rooms (Armani Hotel), office spaces and the highest located restaurant – Atmosphere.
You’ll also find the fastest elevator that will take you to level 124.
Where is Burj Khalifa located?
Burj Khalifa is located in the new area of Downtown Dubai and the entrance is located on the ground floor in Dubai Mall.
Burj Khalifa is open 24/7 since there are hotel guests and private apartments in the skyscraper. However, the observation decks have fixed opening hours. They are open 7 days a week from 08:30 to 22:00. The last entrance is 40 minutes before closing.
The construction started already on 6 January 2004, but it wasn’t finished until 2010. It took more than 6 years to finish the project.
- 6 january 2004 – Construction starts
- 1 October 2009 – Exterior is finished
- 4 January 2010 – Official inauguration
- 5 January 2010 – The Observation deck At the Top opens (456 meters above the ground)
- 10 March 2010 – Burj Khalifa gets recognized as the tallest building in the world
- 15 October 2014 – The new observation deck At the Top SKY opens at 555 meters above the ground
Frequently Asked Questions
There is no requirement of booking your tickets in advance, and you can purchase tickets to Burj Khalifa upon arrival. However, then you won’t have a reserved time slot for your visit, and will have to wait until the next empty slot.
This can take several hours during high-season and that’s why I always recommend to book your tickets in advance, to make sure that you’ll get your preferred time and avoid waiting time.
You’ll receive a time slot for your visit, but once entered, there is no limit for how long you can stay. Most tourists will stay somewhere around 1-2 hours. Many will also combine their visit with Dubai Mall.
The person who got the honor of designing Burj Khalifa is named Adrian Smith. The architect firm behind the design is Skidmore, Owings & Merill, which has previously designed Willis Tower.
Bill Baker was the chief construction engineer and Samsung C&T from South Korea accounted for most of the construction.
As already mentioned, this will be highly individual, and the view is amazing from all observation decks. But of course, visiting the observation deck at level 148 is more exclusive and special.
The cheapest ticket is available from around €90, and while it might seem expensive, if you can afford it, why not. Otherwise, it’s safe to say that level 124 will offer an unforgettable experience as well.
Hotels near Burj Khalifa
If you want to stay close to the Khalifa tower, I recommend that you book a night at the luxury hotel Armani Hotel. By doing so, you’ll actually stay inside the Burj Khalifa tower.
If you want a cheaper accommodation which is located nearby, I recommend Ramada Downtown, which gives great value for your money.
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