Visit the Burj Khalifa, the world's tallest tower

It's impossible to visit Dubai without taking in the sights! The modern, futuristic architecture of the skyscrapers makes you feel very small, the most impressive being the Burj Khalifa. It is the tallest tower in the world. At 828 metres high, it stands out in the city and in the Dubai skyline, leaving anyone who passes it speechless. Located in the new Downtown Dubai district, its opening was covered by televisions from around the world, giving Dubai spectacular exposure. The highlight of the visit is undoubtedly the observation platform located on the 142nd floor at 424m. The ascent is made at "high speed" with ultra-fast lifts whose large transparent panels allow you to enjoy the panoramic view. At the foot of the Tower, there is a lake with illuminated fountains every evening at 6pm and 10pm on weekdays, and 6pm-11pm at weekends. The water jets reach a cumulative height of 275 m and spout out to music!

The Burj Khalifa Tower in Dubai - Leonid Andronov / 123RF

The Burj Khalifa Tower in Dubai - Leonid Andronov / 123RF

The history of the Burj Khalifa

In 2008, the emirate inaugurated the world's tallest skyscraper. Reaching a height of 828 metres, the Burj Khalifa has become the symbol of Dubai around the world in just ten years. Located in the heart of Downtown Dubai, the building belongs to the Emaar group, one of Dubai's property giants.

For the record, the tower was originally named Burj Dubai, and was renamed on the day of its inauguration as a tribute to Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al-Nahyane, ruler of the emirate federation, who came to wipe out the debts of the financial crisis that was underway during the opening period. The impressive tower is inevitably the first must-see in Dubai. In fact, you can go inside to visit it, or even sleep in the hotel inside, the Armani Hotel.

The Dubai skyline and the Burj Khalifa - Luciano Mortula / 123RF

The Dubai skyline and the Burj Khalifa - Luciano Mortula / 123RF

Why go there?

The Burj Khalifa houses flats, a luxury hotel and offices. Of course, you can enjoy a panoramic view of the city by taking one of the tower's 57 lifts. But you'd better not be afraid of heights, as you'll reach the 124th floor, 456 metres high, in a matter of seconds. It would be unthinkable to miss the view from the Burj Khalifa platform, so head for At the Top, at the top of the Burj Khalifa. The At The Top platform remains the must-see.

The best time to go is at sunset, but allow plenty of time for the climb, as it's always a little crowded. The spectacular view gives you the impression of having the city under your feet, as you can see all the city's skyscrapers, the famous Burj Al Arab, the hotel in the shape of a sail, as well as the desert and the Persian Gulf with The Palm archipelago and the artificial islands of The World.

La vue depuis la plateforme d’observation de la Burj Khalifa - Valerija Polakovska / Shutterstock

La vue depuis la plateforme d’observation de la Burj Khalifa - Valerija Polakovska / Shutterstock

Where to stay nearby?

⭐ The Dubai EDITION for a view of the Burj Khalifa

This 5-star hotel is appreciated for its location just 1.5 km from the Burj Khalifa, close to the Dubai Fountains and the fairytale show that takes place every evening. The hotel offers free parking, a little extra in this car-intensive city. The spacious rooms offer breathtaking views of the city and the world's tallest tower. Services include a fitness centre, outdoor swimming pool, free bikes, bar and room service.

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The swimming pool at the Dubai EDITION hotel / Dubai EDITION - Booking.fr

The swimming pool at the Dubai EDITION hotel / Dubai EDITION - Booking.fr

Practical information

👛 You need to buy an entrance ticket to get to the Burj Khalifa. Prices vary depending on the type of ticket you choose. For example, you can take a single entry to admire the view or choose a ticket allowing access to the 124th floor combined with dinner on the rooftop. It is advisable to book your ticket online, as slots are often fully booked. The visit is free for children under the age of 4.

⏰ The opening times should delight everyone, as the Burj Khalifa hardly ever sleeps. You can access it Sunday to Thursday from 10am to midnight and Friday to Saturday from 8am to midnight too.

🚌 To get to the Burj Khalifa, the Dubai Metro is the most efficient means of transport. Two lines cross the city, the red and the green. The first passes through the airport and serves the city from north to south, including the Burj Khalifa, with a dedicated station. Dubai Metro fares are based on zones. To put it simply, a journey costs between AED 4 and 8 (around €1 and €2). For around 5 euros (20 AED), you can buy an unlimited day pass.

by Editorial Team
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